Why Petroleum Engineering?

Petroleum engineers are involved in drilling and petroleum-producing operations. As a petroleum engineer, you will supervise and seek to improve drilling operations that today include the challenge of arctic, jungle, and deep ocean drilling. Petroleum engineers must make thorough studies of geologic and engineering data in order to predict maximum oil and gas recovery as well as ultimate production and production rates.

As an engineer, you may move to field, district, area, staff, and chief petroleum engineering positions. Or you may prefer to advance through such management posts as supervisor, superintendent, manager, and president. The route you follow, however, depends on the type of career you want to make for yourself. Once you have acquired some experience, you might decide to become a consultant or enter the oil business on your own.

The bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering takes approximately four years to complete. Because of the wide range of course offerings in the curriculum, you may be qualified to serve in almost any capacity such as reservoir, drilling, production engineering, or well-log analysis once you graduate.

Do you have the desire to be a success and earn top pay and benefits at the same time? Do you have the self-confidence as well as initiative to supervise costly projects? Do you have the ability to work with others as well as independently to produce good results? If so, then you may be able to enjoy a successful career in the field of petroleum engineering.