The way to succeed as a professional petroleum engineer is to be well educated.
It’s the kind of advice that would have been written long ago by a man who, despite his wealth, still felt like he had not done enough research.
“I know what you mean,” the petroleum engineer wrote.
“But the best thing I can do is to read the books on it and find out what it is, what the qualifications are, and then do it.”
It’s a lesson the man, whose real name is Tony Noyes, is still trying to learn.
He’s been in and out of the petroleum engineering field for more than 30 years, with a wide variety of roles.
Now a professor at the Australian National University, Noys’ primary focus is petroleum engineering, or PE.
He has a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering from the University of New South Wales, and a master’s degree in marine engineering from St Andrews University.
He started off as a commercial oil and gas engineer before becoming a petroleum engineering student at the University in Sydney.
The man, who goes by Tony, told me about the early days of his career, and what it was like to grow up in a wealthy suburb in Australia’s south-west.
“My parents weren’t rich and didn’t have any resources, but I was just happy to be a child,” he said.
“It was a very sheltered childhood.”
He studied petroleum engineering in Perth, where his father worked as a petrol engineer, and moved to Sydney to join his mother in the family business, then later moved to Perth to start a family.
“When I started off, I just wanted to do something good, and I did,” he recalled.
“That was it.”
He has spent the last 15 years studying and teaching petroleum engineering at the ANU, and in doing so, he has been exposed to a number of different types of careers.
He is a petroleum geologist, a petroleum mechanic, a gas pipeline engineer, a pipeline engineer and now a petroleum product designer.
“There’s so many different ways of doing it,” he told me.
“And they’re all pretty good.”
Noyers passion for petroleum engineering is the kind that can lead to a lot of careers, as a career with the right skills can lead a person into the oil and natural gas industry.
Noy’s first real job was as a mechanical engineer for the Perth Ports Authority, and he was responsible for inspecting and testing the vessels and pipelines.
“At the time I didn’t understand the significance of pipelines, but that’s what I do now, and that’s how I ended up doing it for a few years,” he remembered.
Noys focus on working with industry, and has had to adapt to a world where technology is constantly changing. “
Now I’m here, I’m still learning the craft, and it’s really important for me to get as much experience as I can.”
Noys focus on working with industry, and has had to adapt to a world where technology is constantly changing.
“In a world that’s constantly changing, it’s very important that we keep the skills we’re working on up-to-date,” he explained.
“Because you can’t keep working with technologies that are just coming out of your lab and that you can no longer rely on, that can’t be replicated.”
The work that Noy has been doing in the oil industry is not only important to him, but to the industry as a whole.
“We have to be aware of the challenges we’re facing and constantly innovate,” he added.
“This is the way we’re going to have to change, and we’re really excited about the opportunities.”