Petroleum Engineer Jobs

How to Enter

Due to complex nature of a Petroleum Engineer’s role, many New Zealand employers look for candidates who hold a Bachelor of Engineering, specialising in either Chemical, Materials and Process Engineering or Natural Resources.


Typical Responsibilities

The typical job responsibilities of a Petroleum Engineer can often include any of the following:

  • Researching and developing ways to improve factory and chemical processes, such as methods of removing impurities in fuels
  • Developing and researching new production materials and procedures
  • Monitoring, reporting and reducing the environment impact of factory processes
  • Creating reports and proposals for factory costs, efficiency and improvements
  • Overseeing technicians and factory operation staff



Many Petroleum Engineers can progress their careers by moving into management or Project Management positions after a few years’ experience. However, once they have become an expert in Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineers can also become consultants at engineering consultancies or lecturers at polytechnics and universities.


Salary Range

Entry: 45K – 75K per annum (NZD)

Senior: 100K+ per annum (NZD)


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Physical Address:
Level 4, Aviation House
12 Johnston Street
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Postal Address:
PO Box 5555,
Wellington 6140

Tel: +64 4 499 8800
Fax: +64 4 499 0955



Physical Address:
Level 1, Altrans House,
104 Quay Street
Auckland 1010
New Zealand
Tel: +64 9 951 5011 


Physical Address:
50A Ossian Street
Napier 4110
New Zealand
Tel: 0800 868 436


Brisbane, Australia

Physical Address:
477 Boundary Street
QLD 4000
Tel: +61 7 3085 7427