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Many people read the "Guidelines to Professional Employment of Engineers and Professional Employment of Engineers and Scientists" and ask "What harm could the 'Guidelines…' do?" After all, most of the Guidelines deal with the professional integrity of the company and the individual. Only a few speak of benefit plans, severance pay, and overtime. In plans, severance pay, and overtime. In my view the principle of placing a third party, be it a set of guidelines party, be it a set of guidelines endorsed by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, a professional union, or a well meaning individual, between the company and the engineer is out of tune with the spirit of the oil industry. It could have serious implications for the engineer, his company and society as a whole.
The technological problems that confront the petroleum engineer are great. It is his responsibility, whether he is a manager, or in a staff advisory position, to create solutions to these problems in order to provide inexpensive, plentiful energy for the future. Innovations can and must be made both in the field of technology and management. The S.P.E. should be instrumental in informing all petroleum engineers of advancements made in both fields, rather than regulating either.
I cannot speak for all engineers of my age group, or even all of the young engineers employed by Texaco. My background and situation have been different than most. I have been connected with the oil industry all my life. My father owned a drilling company in Bakersfield for fourteen years and is currently in the offshore workover business in the Gulf of Mexico. Luckily for me, he didn't believe in leaving his work at the office or in the field. It came home with him at night, and often the entire family spent vacations and weekends visiting drilling locations and equipment yards.
My education at Stanford University was unique. My graduating class in Petroleum Engineering was 100% female. I was the only person to receive a B.S. from the department that year. Many of my classes were filled with graduate students, or were tutorial in nature. Because the professors in the department were very professors in the department were very active in industry, my education extended out of the textbook into the real world.