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Exxon Mobil is the largest publicly traded oil & gas Company, with global operations in exploration, refining, and chemicals, they have been in business for over 125 years. They have other interests other than just petroleum as well and possesses the highest number of entry level positions in this field. They are, quite literally, always hiring new people for entry level positions and it is a great company to kick-start your professional journey. Their long period of business can also mean that they are going to be doing business for a very long time which can also mean job stability as well.
Shell & Saudi Aramco
Saudi Arabian national oil company is the biggest oil and gas company in the entire world. Shell is yet another global leader that you can begin your career with, they got active operations in 70 different countries and if you really enjoy traveling, this could be a great place to start. There is also lots of room to grow with in Shell and can take you from entry level petroleum engineer to something much higher. They also have significant upstream operations in exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of the US if you would prefer to stay within the states.
Even though Chevron considers themselves as an integrated energy company, there are many entry level jobs available to kick start your career in petroleum engineering. They don’t just focus on exploration and production but are also involved in generation and production of energy. Their main focus is innovative solutions in the natural resources sector and may allow you to stretch your wings and assist more in the development of these innovative solutions. This provides you with a company that will allow you to grow into the petroleum engineering field and teach you how to maximize the production of existing and new resources while remaining responsible for extraction and delivery with high focus on the environment.
These companies offer many types of entry level positions for petroleum engineering, and if you aren’t yet qualified for those positions, they offer plenty of internships that you can take advantage of while you continue to work on getting your degree and completing your education. This allows you to begin your career as well as use the knowledge you are gaining in school to become a petroleum engineer. With these companies you may also be able to transfer effortlessly from intern to an entry level position within the company as soon as you graduate or receive your degrees.
Exxon/Mobil, Shell, and Chevron are just a few of the best companies that you can find entry level positions with. There are also companies such as Occidental and Conoco Phillips that also offer entry level positions and internships that will help you grow into your career. Another thing you may want to consider as you look into these companies, is their values and main focuses. It is a good idea to find a company that shares your values and will help you stay true to those values throughout your employment with them.