Reservoir Engineer

Reservoir Engineers interpret and convert geological data into reservoir simulation models to show how oil, gas and water are distributed within a specific reservoir. They are also involved in predicting the flow of fluid through rocks by creating simulation models and analysing production history. 

About this role

Typical duties

  • Develops economically viable field development plans for the production of hydrocarbon reserves
  • Forecasts oil and gas flow rates
  • Recommends the optimum location for wells to be drilled
  • Estimates oil and gas reserves for specific fields on a regular basis, including input to overall annual reserves forecasting
  • Analyses well performance data
  • Compiles charts, reports and management presentations
  • Provides a range of reservoir engineering support and technical advice and guidance within the business
  • Uses a range of specialist Geosciences technical software, analytical tools, and Microsoft Office suite
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Works closely with other technical departments including Geology and Geophysics, to find and extract oil and gas from existing fields as well as searching for potential new development targets. Also works closely with the Commercial department. Mainly employed by Operators or Geoscience Consultancy firms.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Creativity
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Degree in relevant physical science subject e.g. geology, geophysics, geochemistry petroleum engineering, or degree in Physics or Mathematics may also be considered
  • Significant years professional experience or significant work experience in an oil/gas exploration or production environment
  • Good knowledge of geosciences data and Information Systems
  • Very good knowledge of databases and data models

Employers might also look for:

  • Masters in Petroleum or Reservoir Engineering or related discipline
  • Relevant work experience through summer work, internship
  • Related fieldwork or research trips
  • Good knowledge of offshore operations/ facilities
  • Good knowledge of offshore HSE/ regulations