Pre-employment Programme for Overseas Talent

The PETRONAS Pre-Employment Programme for Overseas Talents (POTS) is among our initiatives which supports the expansion of the Company’s global talent pool. Through POTS, we aim to achieve the following:

  • Building global talent pool to drive and grow the business
  • Developing an integrated talent value chain for business agility
  • Producing the right leaders to uphold the culture of sustaining high performance

Successful applicants will undergo in-house training for a period of 18 months, equivalent to a postgraduate programme, held at University Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia. Upon completion of the training, applicants will be awarded one of the following disciplines:

  • MSc. in Advanced Process Control
  • MSc. in Asset Management & Maintenance
  • MSc. in Drilling Engineering
  • MSc. in Petroleum Engineering
  • MSc. in Petroleum Geoscience
  • MSc. in Process Integration


Induction Programme

  • Instilling the importance of understanding and managing cultural diversities.
  • Developing the right mindsets, values, beliefs and behaviors to face any challenges in their future career.

Classroom Training

Pursue training at a world-class learning institution, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS

Leadership Programme

Distinctive leadership simulations to enhance capability and skills.

Dissertation & Job Attachment

  • Upstream business
  • Downstream business
  • Duration: 6 months

Upon successful completion of POTS, candidates have the opportunity to work with PETRONAS in the following areas:

  • Chemical engineering
  • Drilling
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Petroleum engineering
  • Process engineering
  • Other technical areas


  • Bachelor’s Degree Geoscience/Geology, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering or related disciplines with minimum CGPA of 3.00 or Second Class Upper or equivalent.
  • Completed one of the following English Proficiency Test not more than two (2) years prior to the date of application.
  • IELTS with a minimum score of 6.0.
  • TOEFL:
    • A minimum score of 550 for Paper Based Test (PBT)
    • A minimum score of 220 for Computer Based Test (CBT)
    • A minimum score of 80 for Internet Based Test (IBT)