Petroleum Engineering is a recent development in the field of technical education which is becoming very much popular among young masses. Petroleum engineers are involved in the exploration and production activities of petroleum which is an upstream end of the energy sector.
The study covers a wide range of topics, including economics, geology, geochemistry, geomechanics, geophysics, oil drilling, geopolitics, knowledge management, seismology, tectonics, thermodynamics, well logging, well completion, oil and gas production, reservoir development, and pipelines etc.
With the development of new technology, Petroleum Engineering has become very useful in the extraction process. Improvements in computer modeling, materials and the application of statistics, probability analysis, and new technologies like horizontal drilling and enhanced oil recovery, have also improved the toolbox of the petroleum engineer in recent decades.
There are few institutions in India, offering B.Tech/M.Tech programs in Petroleum Engineering. The courses are taught by professionals from petroleum industries including ISM, ONGC, IOC and also academicians and researchers from several global centres dealing with petroleum technology and research.
The courses in Petroleum engineering are offered both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Being a field where the pay is on the higher side, many students pursue petroleum engineering.
There is a demand for petroleum engineers, at all levels, from both the public and private sector companies and organizations.
ONGC Oil Rig, India; Image Courtesy: thehindu.com
Petroleum engineering, being a rare field of engineering study, offers quite good job opportunities to the graduates. Freshers may find ample scope in public undertakings as well as in corporate sector that deal with petroleum exploration and extraction.
Despite a low number of potential job openings for petroleum engineers, the field is always in short supply of qualified entry level professionals. The world continues to demand safe, affordable energy sources and that will always make a degree in petroleum engineering a valuable investment. And the rewards for such a career are long-term. There are many challenges in this field, however, petroleum engineers apply their technical skills and knowledge to solve these engineering challenges.
Petroleum engineers are among the highest paid professionals in recent times. The reason for the high remuneration is due to relatively low number of qualified workers in the industry.
Almost all graduating petroleum engineers go on to find employment. In India Petroleum engineers are paid monthly salary between Rs.25, 000 and Rs.40, 000 apart from other perks and benefits.
The average starting salary of petroleum engineers in developed countries is about $50,000.
IIT Bombay is the top most college for Petroleum Engineering; Image Courtesy: ciol.com
|1||Indian Institute of Technology (Mumbai)||Maharashtra|
|2||Indian School of Mines University (Dhanbad)||Jharkhand|
|3||University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (Dehradun)||Uttarakhand|
|4||Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (Gandhinagar)||Guajarat|
|5||Maharashtra Institute of Technology (Pune)||Maharashtra|
|6||M.S. Engineering College (Bangalore)||Karnataka|
|7||L.D. College of Engineering (Ahmedabad)||Gujarat|
|8||G.H. Patel College of Engineering||Gujarat|
|9||Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology||Uttar Pradesh|