The Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering program produces engineers equipped to conduct the safe and environmentally sound exploration, evaluation, development and recovery of oil, gas, geothermal and other fluids in the earth. Via classroom and laboratory instruction, as well as field work, students will learn about fundamental fluid and rock behavior, drilling, formation evaluation, well completions and stimulation, well testing, production operations and artificial lift, reservoir engineering, supplemental and enhanced oil recovery, economic evaluation of petroleum projects, environmental and safety issues and computer simulation. Engineering design is taught throughout the curriculum, including a senior design course that applies learned skills to real-world reservoir development and management problems.
The primary objectives of petroleum engineering are the safe and environmentally sound exploration, evaluation, development and recovery of oil, gas, geothermal and other fluids in the earth. Skills in this branch of engineering are needed to meet the world’s ever-increasing demand for hydrocarbon fuel, thermal energy and waste and pollution management.
Graduates of our program are in solid demand, with the petroleum industry offering a wide range of employment opportunities for petroleum engineering students during summer breaks and after graduation. Exciting experiences range from fieldwork in drilling and producing oil and gas fields, to office jobs in small towns or large cities. Worldwide travel and overseas assignments are available for interested students.
- Petroleum Engineering
- Midstream Engineering
- Petroleum Data Analytics
Petroleum engineers may work as:
- Production engineers, handling daily management of oil and gas production operations
- Production operations, implementing safe and environmentally sound practices in field operations and maintenance
- Reservoir engineers, evaluating field performance opportunities and help maximize the ultimate value of a property
- Petroleum engineers, designing and developing methods of extracting oil and gas from deposits below the Earth’s surface
Mines’ financial assistance program awards more than $60 million per year, and over 82 percent of the student body receives some form of financial aid.
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median pay for petroleum engineers, 2019, Bureau for Labor Statistics
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