"We are in the business of solving technical problems"
Marcus Risanger is a XX-year-old petroleum engineer at Ridge, a well consultancy firm in Norway that helps oil and gas operators keep their drilling equipment and wells running safely and smoothly.
Oil and gas is Norway's lifeblood. If you live in Milan, in Italy, for instance, you might work with cars or fashion. Similarly, growing up in Stavanger, you’re likely to know something about the oil business.
Both my parents worked in the industry, my mum as an offshore nurse and my dad as an engineer. We would talk about the oil price around the dinner table.
Petroleum products are ubiquitous. They go into all aspects of our lives. We drive on tarmac, wear fleece sweaters and use computer screens and cell phones. You can't just snap your fingers and take that away.
Until we can wean the world off hydrocarbons we still need people and new technology to produce them safely and efficiently.
Take fully autonomous rigs, for example, which have robots drilling on the seabed controlled by engineers that are onshore. They are part of an efficiency step the world will need to take sooner or later.
The skills I am learning in this business are not necessarily oil and gas specific. We are working with technologies that are transferrable to other industries, from medicine to tunnel building.
We're doing what every other engineer in the world does: solving technical problems.