As home to supermajors, as well as a plethora of smaller, independent energy players, the US boasts one of the largest concentrations of energy personnel in the world. With its insatiable appetite for energy resources, the United States is the world's single largest consumer of oil, using as much as 20.73 million barrels per day as of 2008. Recently, interest has peaked in the vast quantity of untapped natural gas resources in the US, the reserves of which were inventoried in 2008 at 238 Tcf, with producers specifically targeting the nation's promising shale formations for this energy commodity.
The Asset Integrity Engineer is responsible for ensuring that equipment performs effectively and efficiently throughout the entire asset life cycle, from design, to maintenance, and eventually to decommissioning. Asset integrity engineers perform a number of duties including audits, inspections and qa/qc testing of assets. The goal of the asset integrity engineer is to maximize return on assets while ensuring a safe and efficient workplace. Asset integrity engineers will usually have a bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline or applied science, and they will perform both field and office work for a variety of projects in the oil and gas industry.