The challenges for Petroleum engineering

Julio César Vera Díaz, president of the Acipet, the association that leads this branch, analyzes the panorama of this race in Colombia.
The petroleum engineering career turns 70 years in Colombia. Through these decades, those who were students in the classroom, have analyzed and planned the oil and gas projects of this industry that today moves like no other the economy of the country.

The story began at the National University of Medellín, which was the institution that inaugurated this educational plan. From it the first Colombian engineers graduated in this field. His example was followed by the Universidad Industrial de Santander (TUI) and later joined the University of America, which became the first private institution to host this undergraduate. Several decades later, in the early 1980s, those who wanted to follow this path could enroll in the Universidad Sur Colombiana and this initiated the development of the sector in the upper Magdalena Valley basin.

In the last 20 years, two-thirds of the 11,000 engineers we have today have graduated, that is to say, almost 7,000. The labor demand of these professionals has grown thanks to the resurgence of international oil prices and the confidence that investors feel under the chairmanship of Ivan Duque.

Ecopetrol, our state-owned oil company, has advanced a recruitment campaign of all kinds to cover its growth plans and maximize the oil and gas industry. For this company, the new professionals are very important since the exploitation of the crude oil is a business with long term vocation.

In this way, the labor demand for the Colombian petroleum engineers has become more dynamic. However, nowadays this industry is more competitive at the labor level, the market demands professionals who generate an added value, be integral and, above all, able to develop in various scenarios.
In other words, young people have to perform in the traditional and specific trades of exploration and production activities, but they must also be able to venture into other businesses in the value chain of the sector such as gas, transport, Fuels, biofuels, marketing and the opportunities shown by renewable energies.

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Petroleum engineering turns 70 years in Colombia

The future of the country’s oil engineers depends not only on the behavior of the sector at the global and local level, but on whether they can develop comprehensive capacities and that they do not specialize in a single matter. For example, fluent English is a necessity, as well as developing leadership, empowerment, commitment and a high ethical rigor in their actions. In addition, it is important that all engineers participate in fields such as research, case analysis and project development.

Today, the race is retaking its course, and the industry seems to stabilize. The new tests are in the generation of mechanisms so that future professionals do not study to be only employees, but they can start their endeavors. Therefore, from the Colombian Association of Petroleum Engineers (ACIPET) We will continue to work for the social and labor rights of professionals in our field, to make this path of opportunity a real reality.

Julio César Vera Díaz, president of the Acipet, the association that leads this branch, analyzes the panorama of this race in Colombia.
The petroleum engineering career turns 70 years in Colombia. Through these decades, those who were students in the classroom, have analyzed and planned the oil and gas projects of this industry that today moves like no other the economy of the country.

The story began at the National University of Medellín, which was the institution that inaugurated this educational plan. From it the first Colombian engineers graduated in this field. His example was followed by the Universidad Industrial de Santander (TUI) and later joined the University of America, which became the first private institution to host this undergraduate. Several decades later, in the early 1980s, those who wanted to follow this path could enroll in the Universidad Sur Colombiana and this initiated the development of the sector in the upper Magdalena Valley basin.

In the last 20 years, two-thirds of the 11,000 engineers we have today have graduated, that is to say, almost 7,000. The labor demand of these professionals has grown thanks to the resurgence of international oil prices and the confidence that investors feel under the chairmanship of Ivan Duque.

Ecopetrol, our state-owned oil company, has advanced a recruitment campaign of all kinds to cover its growth plans and maximize the oil and gas industry. For this company, the new professionals are very important since the exploitation of the crude oil is a business with long term vocation.

In this way, the labor demand for the Colombian petroleum engineers has become more dynamic. However, nowadays this industry is more competitive at the labor level, the market demands professionals who generate an added value, be integral and, above all, able to develop in various scenarios.
In other words, young people have to perform in the traditional and specific trades of exploration and production activities, but they must also be able to venture into other businesses in the value chain of the sector such as gas, transport, Fuels, biofuels, marketing and the opportunities shown by renewable energies.

The future of the country’s oil engineers depends not only on the behavior of the sector at the global and local level, but on whether they can develop comprehensive capacities and that they do not specialize in a single matter. For example, fluent English is a necessity, as well as developing leadership, empowerment, commitment and a high ethical rigor in their actions. In addition, it is important that all engineers participate in fields such as research, case analysis and project development.

Today, the race is retaking its course, and the industry seems to stabilize. The new tests are in the generation of mechanisms so that future professionals do not study to be only employees, but they can start their endeavors. Therefore, from the Colombian Association of Petroleum Engineers (ACIPET) We will continue to work for the social and labor rights of professionals in our field, to make this path of opportunity a real reality.

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