Energy and Mineral Resources Engineer
California State Personnel Board Specification
Schematic Code: HV25
Class Code: 3784
Title Changed: --
Under supervision, performs engineering work of average difficulty in any phase of the Energy and Mineral Resources Program.
The class of Energy and Mineral Resources Engineer is a recruiting and developmental class for work in either the Oil and Gas Engineer or Mineral Resources Engineer series. Incumbents are assigned duties and responsibilities commensurate with their background and training. Range A is the entry and training level. Incumbents in a training capacity assist higher-level engineers in the less difficult engineering or engineering surveillance work. Range B is the first working level at which incumbents under close supervision perform less difficult mineral resources engineering work. Range C is the intermediate working level. Incumbents under supervision perform and assist higher-level staff in energy and mineral resources engineering work of average difficulty. Positions are permanently allocated to this class when the major portion of the functions inherent in the position do not include the more responsible, varied, and difficult assignments found at the full journeyperson level.
Incumbents at the entry, training, and first working level may assist engineers of higher level by performing under close supervision the less difficult engineering or engineering surveillance work in connection with the issuance, control, and administration of leases for the extraction of oil, gas, geothermal, and mineral resources to ensure compliance with lease/permit requirements; witness various tests of equipment and materials used in oil, gas, and geothermal well operations; perform inspections of oil, gas, and geothermal operations, including well sites, facilities, and equipment; make various physical and chemical tests of produced or injected fluids and drilling fluids; write reports on tests and inspections; compile graphic data and prepare technical reports; assist in the preparation of extractive permits or leases, oil, gas, and mineral reserves and values, engineering and subsurface geological studies or investigations, and participates in field investigations for compliance with regulations; review and check well records filed by operators; prepare and update graphical and statistical office records and reports; may make recommendations to operators regarding the construction or maintenance of drilling and producing facilities; and compile graphical data, prepare maps, and technical reports.
At the intermediate working level, incumbents perform the above duties on a more independent basis as well as other engineering work of average difficulty. Incumbents may assist in the technical evaluation and permitting of proposed well operations; interpret geological and engineering maps and data; draft technical directives or reports in response to proposals or lease applications, or in response to observations made during tests and inspections; perform field inspections for compliance with regulations and lease provisions; investigate complaints and occurrences of damage; conduct or participate in studies of operations and reservoirs involving the interpretation of geological and engineering data; prepare and review various environmental documents; estimate oil, gas, and mineral reserves and values; prepare various geologic and engineering reports, maps, cross-sections, graphs, and statistical data on extractive operations, investigations, tests, or studies for publication, regulatory, or lease compliance purposes; and furnish information to operators and the public on State laws, regulations, and procedures.
Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with major work in geology, petroleum engineering, or a closely related field of engineering. (Qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis. This experience must have included responsibility for inspection of oil, gas, and geothermal well drilling, production, maintenance and abandonment operations, and related activities or must have included work in a minerals extraction program. In California state service, one year at the Oil and Gas Technician III level meets this qualification.) Registration as a senior in a recognized college will admit applicants to the examination, but they must produce evidence of graduation before they can be appointed.
Experience: One year of experience performing the duties of a Mineral Resources Engineering Technician III. and
Education: Completion of the equivalent of 18 college semester units in engineering, geology, or a closely related field.
Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of: California laws regulating the drilling, operation, maintenance, and abandonment of oil, gas, and geothermal wells and the extraction of other minerals; principles, methods, equipment, and terminology of petroleum engineering and geology; physical and chemical tests used in analyzing oil, gas, and water.
Ability to: Interpret engineering and geologic reports, maps, graphs, and other statistical data relating to oil, gas, geothermal, and other mineral extraction operations; work harmoniously with those contacted on the job; prepare clear and concise correspondence and reports relating to oil, gas, geothermal, and other mineral extraction operations; objectively witness and make field inspections.
Special Personal Characteristics
Interest in learning the practical application of engineering and geological principles to oil, gas, and geothermal resources problems and other mineral extraction operations; willingness to do routine or detailed work; willingness to work at night, on weekends and holidays, and at unusual hours; willingness and ability to work in remote areas with limited access; ability to work well with other governmental and industry field personnel; ability to communicate effectively; and the willingness and ability to accept increasing responsibility.
Additional Desirable Qualification
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