Missouri University of Science and Technology
Want to see the world? Petroleum engineers extract oil, gas, and other resources from the Earth all over the world. They plan and supervise the drilling of wells, evaluate oil and gas production, and predict future production from the Gulf of Mexico to the coasts of Singapore. Aside from everyday gasoline, petroleum is also used in many different fuels and its byproducts are found in everything from car tires to toys.
Because of the demand for oil and gas and advances in petroleum technology, the field of petroleum engineering plays an important role in the world today. You will study various techniques for evaluating the characteristics of petroleum-bearing formations and their fluid contents. Modern computer-based modeling is used to study the technology of well logging, well testing, well stimulation, petroleum reservoir engineering, recovery, and geology. Other areas of study include: economic analysis of oil and gas production, reservoir characterization, and artificial lift methods.
Where do petroleum engineers work?
Petroleum engineers work all over the world in drilling, refining, manufacturing (especially for products like plastics, rubber and other petroleum-based products), and geophysics. Big names in the industry include: Chevron, Williams, Chesapeake, ExxonMobile, BP, ConocoPhillips, Valero, Petronas, Royal Dutch Shell, and more.
Missouri S&T's Petroleum Engineering program has been ABET accredited since 1941.
S&T's petroleum engineering program is one of only 14 in the US.
PetEng is a rapidly advancing profession. Curriculum changes constantly to keep up with advances in computer simulation, advanced techniques, and environmental concerns.
Our petroleum engineering program is one of 3 with a well drilling simulator available to students.
Nearly all of S&T's PetEng students complete a co-op before graduating.
Average starting salary for S&T PetEng grads: $87,188.