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NCEES Principles and Practice of Engineering

PETROLEUM Exam Specifications

Effective Beginning with the October 2007 Examinations

The exam is an 8-hour open-book exam. It contains 40 multiple-choice questions in the 4-hour morning session, and 40 multiple-choice questions in the 4-hour afternoon session. Examinee works all questions. The exam uses both the International System of units (SI) and the US Customary System (USCS). Some questions may require knowledge of mathematics and physical sciences as well as relevant petroleum engineering terminology. The knowledge areas specified as examples of kinds of knowledge are not exclusive or exhaustive categories. The associated knowledge areas referred to in the specification are: a. b. c. d. e. f. g. Relevant industry design standards Relevant industry regulatory/environmental law and safety requirements Project management techniques (e.g., costing, scheduling, contracting, logistics) Geoscience principles (e.g., pore pressure, fracture gradients, wellbore stability) Risk analysis/contingency planning Surveillance/optimization techniques (e.g., data acquisition and control, modeling) Economic principles
Approximate Percentage of Examination

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Drilling Engineering A. General Drilling Engineering 1. Casing and tubulars (e.g., collapse and burst strength, grade, connections) 2. Drilling fluids (e.g., rheology, chemistry, oil-base/water-base) 3. Drill string and BHA 4. Hydraulics (e.g., pressure drops, nozzle selection, fluid velocities) 5. Directional/horizontal drilling (e.g., motors, calculations, steering) 6. Well control/BOP (e.g., kick tolerance, methods, equipment) 7. Associated knowledge B. Specialized Drilling Engineering 1. Cementing (e.g., properties, yield, placement, downhole equipment) 2. Drilling mechanics (e.g., rock properties, drill-off test) 3. Rig equipment capabilities 4. Wellheads 5. Solids control 6. Fishing (e.g., equipment, techniques) 7. Bits (e.g., classification, cutting, structures, grading) 8. Underbalanced drilling (e.g., candidate selection, air, foam, equipment) 9. Associated knowledge

25% 15%



including intermitters. Coiled tubing operations 9. phase behavior. mobility. Perforation (e. cased-hole logs) 6.g. total pressure. Downhole pumps. or jet pumps 5. Sucker rod pumping systems 3. borehole stability) 2.g.g. Matrix acid treatments 7. volumetrics) 6. density. Associated knowledge 35% 14% 14% 7% 40% 20% 2 . dehydrators) 4. Custody transfer metering devices for oil and gas (e.g. Reservoir Engineering A. Onsite processing equipment (e.g. tubing movement. material balance.. heater treaters.g. porosity... rock mechanics. Lift mechanism selection given a set of well conditions 2. Selection of piping to accommodate flow rate. decline analysis. size.. Completion 1.g. Production logging (e. Reservoir development techniques (e. permeability. Reservoir geoscience (e. viscosity. Associated knowledge III.II. rates. Compressor application and sizing parameters 3. wettability. and venting 5. or gas lift valves 4. including ESPs. Gas lift. and pressure drop considerations 2. Tubing and downhole equipment (e.. relative permeability) 5. Associated knowledge C. Production Engineering A. Fracture treatments. Produced fluid treatment (e.g. valves.g. sand and water control) 8. Oil/gas reservoir drive mechanics 3. Methods for estimating reserves and recoveries (e. Plug and abandonment procedures 7. including piping. Facilities 1. Remedial/recompletion operations (e... paraffin. tools.g. plunger lifts..g.. Inflow performance curve analysis 5. Single/multiphase flow in porous media (e. packers) 8. Fluid properties (e. density) 4. methods) 2.. scale. patterns. stimulation) 7. lithology. General Reservoir Engineering 1. Associated knowledge B. separators. progressing cavity pumps. fluid profiles. Completion and work-over fluids 3. including nodal analysis 4. well spacing. asphaltenes. pressure surveys. LACT) 6.g. Onsite storage vessels. corrosion) 7. including acid fracs 6. zonal isolation. Well and completion systems... Surveillance 1. orifice meters. squeeze cementing.

ROP) 7. Mud logging (e. production test.g. wireline. gas units and analysis. MWD/LWD. nuclear. water flood. SWC.. Specialized Reservoir Engineering 1. electrical) 3. Coring (e. Water/gas injection (e.B. cuttings analysis. Fundamental reservoir numerical simulation concepts 4. Methods to determine net pay 2. petrophysical/lab analysis) 6.. Analysis of tight gas reservoirs 5... well test analysis) 5.g. Formation Evaluation 1. pressure maintenance.g.g. Associated knowledge 7% 13% 3 . Associated knowledge C. gravity drainage) 2.. miscible injection. Enhanced oil recovery (e.. open hole. Well testing (e. cased hole) 4.g. Logging methods (e.g.g.. thermal recovery) 3. Log measurements (e. full-hole core. acoustic. chemical injection.