A Petroleum Engineering major/degree is a program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development, and operational evaluation of systems for locating, extracting, processing, and refining crude petroleum and natural gas, including prospecting instruments and equipment, mining and drilling systems, processing and refining systems and facilities, storage facilities, transportation systems, and related environmental and safety systems.
Includes instruction in basic science courses like chemistry, physics, biology, and calculus. As well, foundational engineering courses along with science-based and petroleum-related courses.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Petroleum Engineering?
As a petroleum engineer, you will likely be involved in such things as determining the best location for drilling new wells, operating oil and gas facilities, and monitoring and forecasting reservoir performance.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Petroleum Engineering
Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- American Association of Petroleum Geologists
- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- American Petroleum Institute
Publications/Magazines in Petroleum Engineering