Profession gas production engineer

Gas production engineers develop methods to optimise the extraction and production of gas for energy and utilities. They design systems for gas production, supervise production operations and develop improvements on existing systems.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic


  • Hydraulic fracturing

    The gas extraction technique in which high-pressure fluids are injected into deep water surfaces in order to release natural gas, petroleum, or other non renewable resources.

  • Natural gas liquids fractionation processes

    Have an understanding of the processes used to separate natural gas liquids or NGLs into its constituents, including ethand, propane, butane, and heavier hydrocarbons. Understand the workings of the deethaniser, depropaniser, debutaniser, and butane splitter.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Gas contaminant removal processes

    The processes used to remove contaminants such as mercury, nitrogen and helium from natural gas; the techniques such as activated carbon and molecular sieves and the recovery of the removed material if it is commercially viable.

  • Industrial engineering

    The field of engineering concerned with the development, improvement, and implementation of complex processes and systems of knowledge, people, equipment, etc.

  • Gas chromatography

    The principles of gas chromatography used to analyse and separate specific compounds which go to vaporisation without decomposition.

  • Gas dehydration processes

    The processes used to remove water from natural gas such as the absorption process using glycol or activated alumina.

  • Production processes

    Know the materials, production processes and other techniques required for the production and distribution of goods.

  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

  • Natural gas liquids recovery processes

    Be aware of common processes used to separate heavier hydrocarbons such as ethane, propane and butane from the methane, which is the finished product of the gas processing plant. Be aware of oil absorption techniques, cryogenic expansion processes, and other relevant processes.

  • Natural gas

    The various facets of natural gas: its extraction, processing, constituents, uses, environmental factors, etc.

  • Fuel gas

    The various qualities, hazards and applications of gaseous fuels, such as oxy-acetylene, oxy-gasoline, oxy-hydrogen and others.


  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Test gas purity

    Test the purity of the gas using specific testing equipment.

  • Design utility equipment

    Design equipment which is used for the provision of utility services, such as heat, steam, power, and refrigeration, in order to improve efficiency and sustainability in the provision of utilities to facilities and residential properties.

  • Ensure compliance with environmental legislation

    Monitor activities and perform tasks ensuring compliance with standards involving environmental protection and sustainability, and amend activities in the case of changes in environmental legislation. Ensure that the processes are compliant with environment regulations and best practices.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Approve engineering design

    Give consent to the finished engineering design to go over to the actual manufacturing and assembly of the product.

  • Design natural gas processing systems

    Design equipment and procedures to remove impurities from natural gas in order to ensure the by-products comply to regulations and can be used as fuel.

Optional knowledge and skills

wear appropriate protective gear develop scientific research protocols gas consumption operate gas extraction equipment optimise production processes parameters use chemical analysis equipment ensure equipment maintenance test chemical samples operate hydrogen extraction equipment monitor utility equipment manage chemical testing procedures ensure correct gas pressure