Make Your Career as a Petroleum Inspector

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A petroleum inspector is a person who inspects the shipment of petroleum to ensure that it meets the contract specifications. A petroleum inspector has many duties and responsibilities depending upon the company, industry, experience and location. This job is in demand due to fewer people pursuing a career in this field. Therefore one having reasonable knowledge about the petroleum industry can go for this job.

Duties and Job Responsibilities

A petroleum inspector generally has duties like inspecting the shipment of crude or refined petroleum as it arrives at the shore, transfer samples in bottles and take it to laboratory, examine and analyze petroleum and thereon write relevant reports on the findings. An assistant Petroleum Inspector generally helps the Chief Petroleum Inspector to perform all his duties and in writing reports as well as work as the acting senior in his absence.

For a Senior Petroleum Inspector responsibilities and duties include the following:
  • Performing all the technical tasks
  • Undertake Facility installations
  • Inspection of pollution sources for ground and surface waters pollution;
  • Inspection of equipment operations like drilling, servicing structures and operations
  • Checking of fire prevention, hazardous conditions, and emission control, monitoring vapor production and disposal of fluids
  • Performing proper technical field and laboratory studies of potential contamination sources

Academic and Training

To be qualified as a Petroleum Inspector one must have a good knowledge of the oil and petroleum industry and the related procedures. He must have excellent knowledge of industrial practices and regulatory framework of the industry like Petroleum Handling and Storage Law (2000 Revision). He must know about environmental and safety practices within the industry. The minimum educational degree required to acquire the post of petroleum inspector is a High School Degree or a General Education Degree (GED). Thereon a secondary level of education should include a Graduate Degree in Engineering, mechanical, chemical or petroleum and related sciences.

Skill Set

There are certain skills which a Petroleum Inspector is supposed to possess such as the following:
  • He must be practical and positive and able to follow instructions
  • He should have good writing skills
  • He should have good interpersonal and communication skills
  • He must be capable of working on MS Word and Excel
  • He should have basic math comprehension with a fair understanding of fractions
  • He should have a fair understanding of regulatory codes and policies of the petroleum industry as well as the terminology used in the industry
  • He should be able to make accurate observations
  • He must be skillful enough to deal effectively and diplomatically with industrial personnel as well as with the public whenever required
  • He must be good at record keeping
  • He should have a reasonable idea about mechanical parts of the equipments used in petroleum operations.
  • He should know how to use motorized equipments used in petroleum operations
  • Should have a fair knowledge of mechanical parts
  • Should be akin to the terminology usage in the petroleum industry
  • Drilling procedure and methods used in petroleum operations
Prior Experience

No prior experience is required for an entry level job i.e. Assistant or Trainee Petroleum Inspector. But if a person wishes to join as Senior Petroleum Inspector directly then he should have at least one year prior experience in petroleum operations, and inspection or production.

Employment Outlook

Career Prospects (globally)

At the starting level one can join as Assistant or Trainee Petroleum Inspector who works under the supervision of a Chief Petroleum Inspector. It's a trainee level in which the assistant can learn how to carry out different laboratory and technical field tasks. He is properly trained to perform petroleum inspection work where he gets to know about the application of prevailing industry procedures and policies.

The job of petroleum inspectors is in demand as there are very few people who go for this career option. It is clearly understood when compared to other professional sectors like marketing, finance etc. Therefore it's easy to find a job in this field. Assistant Petroleum Inspector can progress to the next level of his career and become a Senior Petroleum Inspector and then the Chief Petroleum Inspector. Thus there is a proper career track for this job and hence a good job outlook.


The salaries of petroleum inspectors vary according to the level of job. The average petroleum inspector job salary is $41,000 yearly. Average salaries for petroleum inspectors can fluctuate significantly based on the company, industry and experience. As an Assistant or Trainee Petroleum Inspector one can earn $18.38 - $22.44 hourly or $3,197 - $3,903 per month. Whereas as a Senior Petroleum Inspector can earn $65,000 to $75,000 annually.

Considering a career as a petroleum inspector is a good option as there are quite a few job openings and the salary is rewarding as well.
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