Harvesting an abundance of oil and natural gas resources, the Middle East supplies nearly half of all exports to the global oil market. Middle Eastern countries Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are all members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which pumps roughly 40% of the world's oil, with Saudi Arabia leading the pack for the greatest amount of output. OPEC's crude oil production was 28.7 million barrels per day in the first half of 2009.
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.