Career Advancement Series: How to Get Ahead

This new webinar series provides you with career tools to get noticed and rise above the rest.  

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Today, managing technical competence and personal development largely rests on the employees’ shoulders. Career development can feel like a daunting task for any individual, but there are many tools available to make it easier for you to identify and fill your knowledge gaps and demonstrate your professional prowess.

What the Series Covers  

  • Professionalism: The first step that a young engineer can take on their career path – a journey that will deliver the ethical standards necessary, both professionally and personally, to maintain a high level of integrity throughout their careers.
  • Credentials: Certification or licensure promotes recognition of technical knowledge, ethic practices, career advancement, and continued professional development.
  • Fill Knowledge Gaps: Identify knowledge gaps using the SPE Competency Management Tool and then explore training opportunities to manage your competence.
  • Career Advancement: How to prepare for the SPE Certification Exam and NCEES Licensing Exam in Petroleum Engineering.
  • What’s Next? After becoming certified or licensed, the path of the consummate professional doesn’t stop there. Give back to the profession and learn why it is important to maintain your credential, for your benefit as well as the industry as a whole. 

Series Format

Each webinar is a 1-hour presentation followed by a live/recorded 30-minute Q&A session. It also features a post-webinar Happy Hour event via Facebook where you can ask the speaker anything! Happy Hour is presented by industry-recognized experts from the oil and gas communities.

Attend this series to make professional development a priority in your life. You will gain a deeper knowledge of the role of professionalism, tools to identify and fill knowledge gaps, and becoming credentialed.

  • Session I – Certification/Licensure and the Road to Professionalism

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 10/17/2017

    The SPE Certification is just the 1st step that a young engineer can take on the ‘Road to Professionalism’.

    The SPE Certification is just the 1st step that a young engineer can take on the ‘Road to Professionalism’ – a journey that will deliver the ethical standards necessary both professionally and personally that are required to maintain a ‘code of conduct’ that promotes a high level of integrity throughout their careers.

    Dr. Razik Shaikh

    Expert Speaker

    Dr. Shaikh has a BSc Honours Degree in Geology from Kingston Polytechnic and an MSc Degree in Petroleum Geology from Imperial College.  He read for his Doctorate in Industrial Geology at the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter.  He attained SPE Certification in 2006.  He has over 20 years’ experience working in the Oil and Gas sector in Production and Development Geology in both Clastics and Carbonates; Oil and Gas; IOR and EOR working predominantly in the Middle East and also South East Asia.  He has been an SPE member since 2004 and served SPE in numerous capacities including Northern Emirates Section Chairman in 2005 and Engineering Professionalism Committee Chairman in 2009 and 2014.

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  • Session II- Identifying Knowledge Gaps and Tools

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 10/18/2017

    This webinar will provide a brief overview of how the oil and gas industry evolved to where it is today, as a way to provide the background for defining the knowledge required to perform key technical jobs in the industry.

    This webinar will provide a brief overview of how the oil and gas industry evolved to where it is today, as a way to provide the background for defining the knowledge required to perform key technical jobs in the industry. It will introduce the attendees to the Competency Management Tool (CMT) that is available to all SPE members free of cost. Since the onus of managing technical competence and personal development largely rests on the shoulders of the employees, using the CMT is an excellent way to manage one’s competence and professional development.

    Mr. Alok Jain

    President, Asset Management Solutions, Inc.

    Mr. Jain is President of Asset Management Solutions, Inc. (AMSI), a company that he formed after taking retirement from ConocoPhillips in late 2003. AMSI is involved in training, advisory and consulting services related to the management of upstream assets. Mr. Jain has over 40 years of experience in various aspects of the oil and gas industry. He is also the Chairman of Global Training Committee for Society of Petroleum Engineers and a member of the SPE’s Global Management and Advisory Committee.  

    Mr. Jain served Conoco for over 22 years in technical and leadership roles with specific focus on Asset Management, Project Management, and Reservoir Engineering, in the U.S. and international locations like Nigeria, Norway, and Dubai and has a long history of creating extraordinary value for the companies where he worked.  

    He holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from Punjab University, Chandigarh, a post graduate diploma in Petroleum Refining and Petro-chemicals from IIP Dehradun, and a M.Sc. degree in Petroleum Engineering from University of Alberta in Canada and has attended Penn State’s Executive Development Program in 1992 and a Trailblazer Program for Executive Development by London School of Business in 2002.

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  • Session III- Preparing for SPE Certification and Licensing Exams

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 10/25/2017

    This webinar will provide potential examinees with general information on how to prepare to take the SPE Certification Exam and the NCEES Licensing Exam in Petroleum Engineering.

    This webinar will provide potential examinees with general information on how to prepare to take the SPE Certification Exam and the NCEES Licensing Exam in Petroleum Engineering.  The webinar will focus on the general composition of the exams, what materials examinees should study and take to the exams, how to study for the exam, and tips for taking the exam. 

    Dr. Robert Chase

    Expert Speaker

    Dr. Chase has BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Penn State University and is a registered professional engineer in Ohio.  He served as head of the Petroleum Engineering Department at Marietta College for 37 years and retired in May 2015.  He has served as a consultant to numerous oil and gas companies for nearly 40 years.  He has been an SPE member since 1971 and served SPE in numerous capacities including on its Board of Directors.  He co-teaches the SPE short course entitled “A Review for the Principles and Practice Examination.”

    Dr. Richard Hughes

    Professional-in-Residence/Campanile Charities Professor of Petroleum Engineering, Louisiana State University

    Dr. Hughes is a Professional-in-Residence and the Campanile Charities Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering at Louisiana State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and held various production, reservoir and IT positions with Tenneco Oil Company, Dwights EnergyData and Amerada Hess. Dr. Hughes earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University, then joined the University of Oklahoma’s Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering as an assistant professor prior to LSU. His research interests include using CO2 for enhanced oil recovery and carbon sequestration, modeling multiphase flow in porous media and rock fractures, production data analysis, natural gas storage, and reservoir engineering of unconventional resources.

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  • Session IV- After Credentialing, What’s Next?

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 11/16/2017

    This webinar will explore ways in which a petroleum engineer gives back to the profession.

    After becoming certified, licensed, or other credential, the path of the consummate professional doesn’t stop there. This webinar will explore ways in which a petroleum engineer gives back to the profession.

    Mr. Byron Haynes, Jr.

    Reservoir Engineering Learning Advisor, Shell

    Mr. Haynes is a reservoir engineer with 34+ years experience in field studies, evaluation and production operations in green and brown field developments, primary development, water flood and miscible gas injection projects. He is experienced in oil production development in Alaska, Gulf of Mexico, West Texas (Permian Basin), North Sea, Colombia, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman. He has planned and implemented field development programs from the results of subsurface studies and is experienced at gas flood, water flood operations and field maintenance.  

    Mr. Haynes holds a Professional Engineering license in Texas and SPE certification as a petroleum engineer.  He is a member of SPE since 1978 and currently works for Shell Global Solutions as Reservoir Engineering Learning Advisor.

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