The largest oil and natural gas producer in the EU, the United Kingdom retains proven crude oil reserves of around 4 billion barrels and proven natural gas reserves of some 18.8 Tcf as of 2006. Containing the bulk of domestic reserves and an extensive network of subsea pipelines and infrastructure, the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) is the most active offshore region for the UK's oil and gas sector, and industry giants Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron and Total all explore and produce there. The third largest global energy company and headquartered in the UK, BP is operator of such major offshore UK producers as the Foinaven and Forties fields.
Engineering technicians often assist engineers, technologists and design teams on projects as well as research and development initiatives. They are typically trained in a specific branch of engineering and help solve technical problems, collect data, conduct quality control checks, or produce technical drawings. Specific fields of study can often be completed by obtaining an engineering technician diploma or a 2-year degree offering technical training and courses.