Recruiting Engineers for Tomorrow


Have you seen recent front page headlines such as “Science seen as slipping in U.S.?” Do you wonder what you, as an SPE member, can do to recruit bright talent to join our industry?  The recruitment battle is being waged on many fronts at SPE.


Industry employers and universities addressed this issue at the Colloquium for Petroleum Engineering Education in early August 2004.  Watch where the presentations will be posted, including a survey about education and industry training of SPE members world-wide with less than 10 years of experience.  


It’s currently the recruiting season on college campuses. Tell engineering students to register to interviews at their campus career placement center in August.  Many E&P employers conduct their annual campus interviews in early Fall, so students may miss their chance to interview for an internships for next summer unless they register early.


Remind college students that they don’t have to major in petroleum engineering join SPE.  Student membership requirements include being a registered undergrad or graduate student in good standing carrying at least 30% of a full-time academic load in Petroleum Engineering or a related field.  Many student SPE chapters provide their members with resume writing and/or interviewing workshops, often asking alumni volunteers to provide the mentoring and conduct the mock interviews.  SPE student chapter meetings usually include an industry speaker who speaks on a technical topic.  If you haven’t volunteered to speak at your alma mater or local college campus SPE chapter recently, consider doing so.


Another benefit of student membership is the recently launched Virtual Student Expo (VSE).  The VSE is a joint venture between SPE, AAPG, GSA and SEG focused on the upstream E&P segment of the energy business.  It’s a new web-enabled global tool for matching student members and potential employers for internships and full-time entry-level positions.  Student members of the four societies will be able to post resumes, slide presentations, and a short video of themselves explaining why a prospective employer might want to hire them.  For a fee, employers may review the postings of the students and/or post their job openings.  See the Young Members area at 


Volunteer for one of the many committees or study groups working to raise money for the scholarship program or organize other recruiting activities. 


  • The High School Recruiting Fairs will be held in the Gulf Coast Section during the week of Nov. 15-19. 
  • Scholarship applications will be due in early March 2005.  Volunteer on the Scholarship Committee, encourage a student to apply for the scholarship, or support the scholarship program with a corporate donation.
  • Spouses of SPE members can join the SPE Auxiliary, which works diligently to support the Scholarship Program.
  • Pre-college internships are offered to our scholarship winners by local area employers during the summer.  Plan now so you can hire one of these rising stars late next spring for employment during Summer 2005.
  • Serve as a tour guide at the High School Tours of the Exhibit Hall at the SPE ATCE in September 2004 and the OTC in May 2005.
  • Check out the SPE Magic Suitcase.  This traveling road show can be given by any SPE member to scout troops, school classes and general interest groups to tell them more about our industry.

These are just a few ways you can bring science to students, and in turn, bring good students to science careers.


Susan Howes, Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

2004-05 SPE Gulf Coast Section Chair