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  1. Oct 4, 2007 #1
    OK... The problem is that I am from Europe, studying in the US. But I feel that one day i want to live and work somewhere in Europe. SO i really want somebody who has some experience in engineering to help me choose what to major in. I want to do petroleum in general , but many people are telling me that I will be far away from home , whereever my home will be, and that I have to spend months on drilling platforms in the middle of the ocean. Is that TRUE. An petroleum engineering suggests that i have to find a job in the US in order to develop a good carrier.

    Can you tell me how things work with mechanical or electrical engineering. I know that these types of engineering are widely spread all over the world. But the problem is that i don't know if it is hard to get a job in Europe after graduating from an american institution and DOes ANYBODY knows what are the engineer salaries in EUROPE and where is the best place to go in Europe to find a job as an Engineer?

    I am so confused. I am only a freshman but I really want to become an engineer! I want to live and work in Europe one day.
    So I need your opinion guys.

    Thank you.!

    I am sorry that i posted that TWICE in two diff categories .!
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  3. Oct 5, 2007 #2


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    It depends what kind of petroleum engineering you do.
    You could work in a refinary near a big city at a drilling research centre in Cambridge (http://www.slb.com/content/about/research/scr.asp [Broken]) or you could work on a pipeline in the middle of kazakstahn or on a rig in the north sea. There are obviously oil jobs all over the world and are rather in demand at the moment. But this is a boom and bust industry - the job market follows the oil price up and down.

    EU salaries are generally slightly lower than US but you have more holiday and better social services - it generally comes out the same.
    The main problem with an international career in engineering is that in many fields you need profesional accreditiation and this doesn't always travel - your USA engineering degree will be recognised in Germany, but the UK CEng isn't recognised in Canada.

    Pick a field that interests you - there is always work for good engineers anywhere.
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  4. Oct 5, 2007 #3
    Many countries are currently working to standardize this for as much of the world as possible, so this may not be an issue in the future (I wouldn't count on it happening soon though)
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