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.
Installation engineers oversee the critical phase of installing offshore structures, most of which carry a substantial cost and have taken many years to design and construct. They carry out modeling and analysis for installation while looking at different transportation options, site conditions, and available assets. The goal of an installation engineer is to optimize cost, mitigate risks, and ensure safety through precise engineering of the installation process.