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Petroleum Engineering

Who is a Petroleum Engineer?

Petroleum is definitely one of the top energy sources, which is extensively used in the twenty-first century. Today it is a lucrative and challenging career in the country. A person who is a graduate in petroleum engineering is known as a petroleum engineer.

What does a Petroleum Engineer do?

  • A petroleum engineer is engaged in the exploration and production of gas and oil. He/she also works closely with specialists such as geo-scientists.

  • The aim of a petroleum engineer is to extract liquid, as well as, gaseous hydrocarbon products from beneath the earth’s surface.

  • They are also engaged in producing, drilling, transporting, and processing those products and also for taking care of all the relevant regulatory and economic considerations.

  • Petroleum engineers require knowledge in several other streams like petroleum geology, geophysics, reservoir simulation, economics, drilling, artificial lift systems, well engineering, and formation evaluation.

What are the skills and qualifications required?

In India, to become petroleum engineers, a candidate should possess a bachelor’s degree in the stream of petroleum engineering. People with a bachelor’s degree in chemical or mechanical engineering can also become petroleum engineers but preference is given to a candidate who has acquired a degree in petroleum engineering. It is also essential for the candidates to clear the 12th class with science to seek admission in the bachelor program.

Skills required to become a successful petroleum engineer are as follows:

  • Team-working skills

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Communication skills

  • Conceptualization skills

  • Analytical and numerical skills

  • Strong Aptitude for Mathematics

Where can I study Petroleum Engineering?

Top colleges offering courses on Petroleum Engineering

Some of the top colleges and universities where you can a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering in India are as follows:

Prestigious Universities offering a degree in Petroleum Engineering in India

  • University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun

  • Dibrugarh University

  • Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar

  • Anna University, Chennai

  • Aligarh Muslim University

  • University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun

  • Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), Gandhinagar

Popular Colleges offering a degree in Petroleum Engineering in India

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay

  • Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT), Uttar Pradesh

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

  • Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT), Pune

  • Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad

  • M. S Engineering College, Bangalore

  • L.D College of Engineering, Ahmedabad

  • G.H Patel College Of Engineering, Gujarat

What is the Career scope for petroleum engineers?

When you have a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering, there are several exciting career paths open before you. There is a global demand for petroleum engineers. Ample job opportunities are available for these professionals. Here are some of the career scopes for a petroleum engineer:

  • Many gases and petroleum organizations offer job openings for petroleum engineers

  • They can also get jobs in drilling sites

  • There are lots of job opportunities for petroleum engineers abroad such as in the United States of America

  • Degree holders in petroleum engineering can also begin their career as teachers

  • There are job opportunities for petroleum engineering in the public sector

How much does a Petroleum Engineer make?

In India, petroleum engineering is one of the highest-paid disciplines and petroleum engineers get attractive salaries.

  • Average Salary for a Petroleum Engineer in India is Rs 822,315/yr

  • Average salary of a Petroleum Engineer with less than 1 year experience is Rs 710,997/yr

  • Average salary of a Petroleum Engineer  with 1- 4 years of experience is Rs 782,971/yr

  • At Senior level (5-9 years of experience) Petroleum Engineer  in India makes Rs 1,160,779 /yr

What are the Books and study material available?

Whether it’s JEE, WBJEE, COMEDK, VITEEE, BITSAT, SRMJEEE, KIITEE, BCECE, or MHTCET, you need to stay prepared using the right study materials with the syllabus in mind.  

You can refer these books for studying petroleum engineering:

  • The Petroleum Engineering Handbook: Sustainable Operations by M. Ibrahim Khan, M. Rafiqul Islam

  • Fundamentals of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering  by Uttam Ray Chaudhuri

  • Petroleum Production Engineering, A Computer-Assisted Approach 1st Edition  by Boyun Guo

  • Petroleum Engineering Handbook for the Practicing Engineer, Vol. 2 by M.A. Mian

  • Applied Petroleum Reservoir Engineering by Ronald Terry, J. Rogers

  • Introduction to Petroleum Production by D.R. Skinner

  • Petroleum Reservoir Engineering Practice by Nnaemeka Ezekwe

  • Fundamentals of Petroleum Refining by M.A. Fahim, TA. Al-Sahhaf, A.S. Elkilani

  • Principles of Petroleum Reservoir Engineering by Chierici, Gian.L.

How to prepare and what are the study material and books available?

  • Mock tests available online

  • NCERT syllabus of class 11th and 12th

  • Study material available by prestigious institutes

  • Consult your seniors (who have already given such exams) for guidance

  • Previous year question papers

Some popular books are O.P. Tandon for Physical Chemistry, P.Bahadur (G.R.Bathla & Sons) for Numerical chemistry. Concept of Physics by HC Verma (Vol 1, Vol 2); Problems In General Physics by IE Irodov. IIT Mathematics, M.L. Khanna; Trigonometry, S L Loney; Calculus & Analytic Geometry, Thomas & Finney.

Who are the Major recruiters?

Some of the top recruiters of petroleum engineers in India are as follows:

  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC)

  • Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL)

  • Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL)

  • Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited (CPCL)

  • Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL

  • Hindustan Oil Exploration Company Ltd (HOEC)

  • GAIL

  • Essar Oil

Interesting facts

The stream of petroleum engineering emerged from other related fields such as geology and mining engineering. It is also closely related to geoscience that helps chemical engineers to understand the geological conditions and structures, which are conducive for petroleum deposits.