Engineers work in all parts of the upstream and downstream energy industry, including exploration, extraction, production and transportation.

The common denominator for Engineers is that work typically involves the professional design, construction, operation, maintenance, quality control and optimisation of systems critical to the exploration, production, processing and transportation of petroleum.

Routine Work

Engineering positions may be office-based, but generally require some amount of travel to other offices or work sites.

Occupation Classifications

Reservoir Engineer
The reservoir engineer will decide from the size and shape of the reservoir, the most appropriate locations for the production wells to be drilled to get optimum recovery of the Energy.


All professional engineering-related work requires a minimum of a New Zealand registered diploma, bachelor degree or higher from a recognised tertiary institution.
Engineers must meet standards for practice, codes of professional conduct and ethics.

For more information, go to:

  • COMPETENZ. Competenz is the New Zealand Engineering, Food and Manufacturing Industry Training Organisation (ITO).  Competenz arranges, assesses and moderates training, and provides access to government training subsidies for companies.  You have to be working in the industry to access training from Competenz.
  • IPENZ. The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) is the professional body which represents professional engineers from all disciplines in New Zealand.
  • NDE. National Diploma of Engineering Mechanical website.
  • SPE. Society of Petroleum Engineers New Zealand

Career Paths

Entry into this occupation typically begins at the junior or associate engineer level, with upward mobility through intermediate, advanced, team lead, supervisory and finally, management levels. In some cases, engineer-in-training or co-op engineering programs are entry-level points to professional engineering jobs. Some roles, particularly those that are specialised, may require a combination of work experience and post-graduate training. Career paths typically offer people management or technical specialisation opportunities, often with the same employer.

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