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Oil and Gas (Engineering) Resume Sample

December 16, 2020

Here’s a sample resume we recently produced for an Oil & Gas Engineer in Malaysia.

In this article, you’ll learn:

  • About the Oil & Gas Engineer Role
  • What Hiring Managers Look For In Oil & Gas Engineer Resumes
  • Oil & Gas Engineer Job Opportunities
  • Job Hunting Tips from our Resident Headhunter
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    Oil & Gas Engineer CV [Full Sample]

    Here’s a full Oil & Gas Engineer resume sample, which we wrote for a client recently.

    JOE OILDIGGER
    OIL & GAS ENGINEER
    Tel: +60 12 XXXX XXXX | Email: joildgr@email.com | Nationality: Malaysian
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Skilled engineer with over 8 years of experience in semiconductor and oil and gas industries, having driven major projects valued at >USD 100M for leading blue-chip firms such as Shell, B.P, & ExxonMobil. [This opening line perfectly captures a strong summary, citing that you have worked for big brands.]
    • Capable of effectively marrying extensive technical knowledge with practical skills and experience in driving a diverse range of business operations, from expansion and growth operations to technical surveys and consultancy projects. [This client wanted to emphasise that he had a range of skills beyond mere ‘on paper’ technical knowledge. Such transferable skillsets are nice bonuses to have. Depending on your goals and strategy, you can choose to include these traits in your narrative, or alternatively choose to emphasise your technical and industry-specific knowledge, to position yourself as an industry subject-matter expert. Both are equally valid approaches, and which one to take depends on context.]
    • Experienced in full spectrum of production management from machine setup to optimization and maintenance. [Be sure to highlight specific knowledge and expertise that you have. As Engineering is a very broad discipline, it is important to showcase your specialisation, to ensure a proper match with the needs of your future employer and/or company. A civil engineer probably won’t be very effective in an oil & gas role, for instance!]
    • Gifted communicator capable of liaising and communicating with clients across multiple roles, including acting as primary point-of-contact, advising clients as a consultant, and bridging communications as on-site PM. [I’ve included this point for illustration. It’s from a different client of greater seniority (but still within the oil & gas industry). Note in particular how I’ve contextualised and ‘proven’ the main point of him being good at communicating. When presenting your soft skills or stating subjective points, you must back them up with examples, otherwise the point loses a lot of effectiveness – everyone will be saying something similar, but your examples ‘prove’ it!]
    • Highly sought-after speaker, frequently invited to speak at prestigious oil & gas conferences such as OGIC, SPE, AAPG, etc., and as a subject-matter expert in various business and project management forums. [Again, a ‘grafted’ point. Oil and gas in Malaysia isn’t a particularly large industry, and if you’ve been invited to conferences, or have contributed to proceedings etc., be sure to highlight it. It’s a very good distinguishing trait which demonstrates your skills and abilities.]
    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    PROCESS ENGINEER   
    May 2008 – May 2012
    ASM Technology, Malaysia
    • Lead team of 15 to manage all aspects of semiconductor etching operation; constantly monitor production metrics, identify bottlenecks and organize doily operator meeting to communicate production goals. [The opening line captures all the reader needs to know about this role. Here, I’ve demonstrated his leadership experience as well as industry-related knowledge. If you’re gunning for a more senior role, try to include details of teams you’ve led, their sizes, and your managerial responsibilities. This demonstrates your leadership capabilities.]
    • Performed internal process audits to ensure compliance with ES 16949 and adherence to general corporate guidelines. [This role is very industry-based. I’m therefore sprinkling in a lot of industry-based duties to demonstrate that he knows his stuff.]
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    • Liaised closely with cross functional teams to troubleshoot failures, brainstorm design improvements and plan implementation schedules for projects and equipment modifications. [Again, it’s always good to mention how you work with cross functional teams as it demonstrates leadership. Mention specific projects, if any.]
    • Spearheaded testing and commissioning of new machinery in 2008 and 2010; setup machine line, troubleshoot failures and optimize parameters to maximise production output. [A more junior role, but this role was from further back, so it’s okay to include. As a leader, you should be familiar with the tasks and responsibilities of your subordinates.]
    • Conducted training sessions for new employees during On-Job-Training (OJT) program; prepare training documents, organize schedule, identify and track key KPIs to measure training effectiveness. [Leading trainings demonstrates that you’re a subject-matter expert and that you’ve good mastery of the content you’re teaching. Include any relevant teaching/training duties. It could be anything from mass lectures to individual mentoring.]
    • Key member of company Quality Improvement Team; actively identify process yield losses, propose rectification solutions and record process improvements.
    • Participated in monthly committee meetings regarding chemical safety measures for lead frame production. [This is a fairly inconsequential duty. I didn’t include this in the final CV: it’s here for example purposes only. For minor duties like this, a judgement call must be made: is it worth taking up valuable space? If you don’t have many points, you can include it, as it does show a bit of what you’ve done, but there’s a risk of inadvertently looking like your role wasn’t very broad. This again depends on context and the overall CV strategy.]
    Significant Achievements
    • Pivotal team member in implementation of new systematic approach for etching: process improved production output from 40,000 strips to 60,000 strips per day [Cite metrics to substantiate your achievements. Do, however, be aware of your company confidentiality clause.]
    INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT INTERN       
    Apr 2006 – Oct 2006
    ExxonMobil, Malaysia
    • Supported full spectrum of installation and maintenance of various oil and gas systems; collaborated closely with Inspection engineers, Plant Engineering Company and Setsco Services. [This was an internship, but the fact that he was entrusted with external stakeholder management is a good indicator of his internship performance.]
    • Identified corrosion areas and monitored equipment using Equipment Degradation Documentation (EDD), Magnetic Particle Testing (MPT), Liquid Penetrant Test (LPT) and Radiography Testing (RT). [Internships are for learning. As such, I’ve highlighted the areas and knowledge he’s gained through his exposure to the industry. It’s good to remind the reader that he’s got the ability to handle work in these areas, regardless of seniority.]
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    Significant Achievements
    • Key team member in overhaul of heat exchanger unit: inspected corrosion, liaised with contractors to determine ideal resolution with minimal downtime.
    • Assisted in investigations to resolve furnace heating issue; successfully diagnosed problem as clogging due to contaminants.
    INTERN 
    Dec 2005 – Apr 2006
    Shell Eastern Petroleum, Malaysia
    • Monitored hydrogen chloride and hydrogen sulphide emissions in Catalytic Reforming and Hydro-sulphurizer units; assisted process technologists, plant manager and shift controllers to monitor and rectify arising situations. [A single line is sufficient for a junior position so long ago. In fact, if he had taken on more roles and the CV was more ‘crowded’, I’d have considered eliminating this role altogether. It doesn’t add as much value or demonstrate his abilities as clearly as a more recent role, and Therefore fakes up valuable CV space without contributing as much.]
    Significant Achievements
    • Successfully troubleshot primary mode of failure in Catalytic Reforming Unit; solution eliminated corrosion issues plaguing system. [Again, this is a Highlights section. Include major duties and projects which aren’t necessarily ‘achievements’. An achievement must come with a clear sense of value-add: a highlight does not. If your role is more quantifiable, use achievements as far as possible.]
    EDUCATIONAL & PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
    • Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering (Offshore Oil & Gas Specialization), University of Malaysia | 2012
    • Bachelor of Engineering, Materials Engineering, Malaysia University of Science and Technology | 2008
    • Diploma In Chemical Engineering, Vocational Training Council | 2002
    MISC. INFORMATION
    • Nationality: Malaysian
    • Languages: English, Bahasa Melayu
    • Availability: Immediately

    References available upon request

    [There’s no need to list your references; if HR is interested in you they will ask you for them.]

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    Writing an Oil and Gas Resume

    A few lines to quickly summarise what worked well for the CV. CTA to download the sample before we walk through the step-by-step guide.

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    1. Resume Header

    Ensure your header clearly states your Name, Email Address and Contact Number. There is no need to put your home address or identification number.

    2. Executive Summary

    The executive summary gives a quick overview of your work history. Here, we want to communicate your strong work ethic, desire to learn and leadership abilities, if any. If you’ve got domain expertise in the field you’re applying for, do heavily emphasise that.

    3. Technical Skills

    It is highly recommended to include a technical skills table in your resume. This will help the recruiter gain a quick understanding of your skills in a single glance.

    4. Work Experiences

    Always break your work experiences into 2 parts – your daily workscope and your achievements.

    For the daily workscope, include a high level summary. Workscopes which are implied can be omitted. Remember, you want to keep your resume short and sharp for the recruiter.

    This section includes all the keywords resume scanning softwares often use. Its important to place key softwares/languages here relevant to the job ad you’re applying for. Scan the job application and parrot back the key phrases they’ve mentioned into your resume.

    5. Key Achievements

    Your achievements section is critical to differentiating your application from that of your peers. Include projects which you have led and their resulting tangible business benefits. These benefits can be in the form of:

    • Cost savings to the firm
    • New revenue gains
    • Better / Streamlined processes
    • Awards received during tenure

    Always tie back your projects to business benefits. This is what the hiring manager and employer want to see. Ultimately, they want to know you can bring great value to their organisation.

    As far as possible do include metrics or numbers in your achievements. This helps to add substance to your resume and give the reader an objective view of your skills and abilities.

    Bonus Job Hunting Tips for Oil & Gas Engineer

    Engineering is a broad discipline, with many different subspecialties. As such, it’s particularly important to distinguish yourself, and properly present your profile through your CV. The oil and gas industry is also known by different names in Malaysia, such as petroleum engineering. Even within the industry, roles and responsibilities are split throughout the value chain: most commonly, the division is within the upstream and downstream roles. It is similarly important to showcase your competency in your area of specialisation on your CV, or highlight your general knowledge if you’re skilled in both areas.

    With the global problems the oil and gas industry is currently facing, it may be quite a challenge to prove yourself and why you are the right person to be hired for a particular position within the sector.

    It is, therefore, important that you prepare a well-crafted oil and gas resume where you can demonstrate your skills, strengths, and achievements.

    Here is my guide on how to create a winning oil and gas resume.

    In this guide and resume dissection, I’ve assumed a bit of prior knowledge in the key skeletal structure of a resume and the major components that would traditionally be included. If you’d like to learn more about what makes an effective resume, check out my Ultimate Guide to CV Writing here. In that guide, I go into greater detail on how to properly write each section of a resume, the role and importance of these sections, and how to finally put everything together to get a highly effective and power-packed resume. I also devote more time to the intricacies and nuances of resume writing, and how to make sure you don’t miss out the subtle points that are crucial for a good resume. It’s a great read, if I do say so myself 🙂

    Key Pointers Hiring Managers Look For in Oil & Gas Engineer Resumes

    • Your ability to deliver full end-to-end projects
    • Your experience in comprehending business needs and translating them into technical specifications
    • Proven leadership skills in managing teams and delivering large projects on time and under budget

    Oil and gas engineering is also a rather project-based and project-heavy industry. If you’ve worked on major projects in the past, be sure to include them on your CV as well. You can do so through the Significant Projects approach. I usually do this for project managers, but I find it works well for CVs which depend a lot on showcasing projects.

    Instead of Significant Achievements/Highlights, adopt the following format:

    Project Title
    Role: XX | Project Value: USD XXm
    A brief description of the project.
    • Your individual contribution to the project’s success
    • Another contribution or responsibility

    I didn’t showcase this example in the CV breakdown, but you could choose to adopt it if it’s relevant to your context. You don’t need to choose between this and the Achievements as well. It’s perfectly okay (and in fact recommended!) to include achievements on your CV – recall that your resume is a marketing tool, and should thus show off what you’ve accomplished. You can do so by placing a Significant Achievements section after all your significant projects. If the project in itself represents an achievement (led to some improvement in efficiency, generated a lot of revenue, etc.), you can add a line under the last project job description talking about its significance. In other words:

    Project Title
    Role: XX | Project Value: USD XXm
    A brief description of the project.
    • Your individual contribution to the project’s success
    • Another contribution or responsibility
    • Project resulted in a strong recurring revenue pipeline valued at over USD 100M.

    This combines the best of both worlds, and strengthens your CV immensely.

    Oil and Gas Engineer Job Opportunities

    • Join LinkedIn groups or follow companies you wish to work for to keep abreast with new job openings.
    • Alternatively, you can reach out to these headhunters in Malaysia to learn about any vacancies they may be trying to fill out.

    Job Hunting Tips from our Resident Headhunter

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