Updated on Sep 9, 2021 01:55 IST

Petroleum Engineering is related to the innovation and exploration of the process of oil and gas extraction. It is advanced from Mining Engineering and Geology, and linked to Geoscience.

The activities in Petroleum Engineering involves development of equipment to extract oil and gas, making plans to drill in oil and gas fields; developing ways to inject water, chemicals, gases, or steam into an oil reserve; keep an eye at oilfield equipment installation, operation and maintenance.

There are many petroleum companies operating worldwide, which creates a better opportunity for Petroleum Engineers. These engineers develop new technology for the production of hydrocarbons from oil shale and offshore oil and gas fields.

Petroleum Engineering: Eligibility Criteria and Entrance Exams

Petroleum Engineering can be studied at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Therefore, aspirants seeking admission to the Petroleum Engineering must meet the eligibility criteria mentioned below.

  • For admission to the Petroleum Engineering at undergraduate level, one should have passed Class 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as main subjects or should have completed three-years Diploma in Petroleum Engineering
  • For admission to the Petroleum Engineering at postgraduate level, an aspirant should be a graduate in Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum Engineering Entrance Exams:

Admission to BTech/BE/MTech (Petroleum Engineering) programmes in most of the institutes is based on entrance exam scores.

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Petroleum Engineering Courses

The following courses are offered for admission to the Petroleum Engineering:

  • BE/BTech
  • ME/MTech
  • BSc
  • MSc
  • PhD

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Petroleum Engineering Syllabus

The core topics, which are included under Petroleum Engineering syllabus are

Syllabus of Petroleum Engineering

Linear Algebra

Reservoir Engineering


Petroleum Production Operations

Differential equations

Offshore Drilling and Production Practices

Complex variables

Petroleum Formation Evaluation

Probability and Statistics

Oil and Gas Well Testing

Numerical Methods

Health Safety and Environment in Petroleum Industry

Petroleum Exploration

Enhanced Oil Recovery Techniques

Oil and Gas Well Drilling Technology

Latest trends in Petroleum Engineering

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Petroleum Engineering: Job Profiles & Top Companies

The examples of the Petroleum Engineers are as follow-

Completions Engineers: They look after the building wells for the flow up of the oil or gas from underground. Building wells might involve the usage of tubing, hydraulic fracturing, or pressure-control techniques.

Drilling Engineers: The finds the way to gas wells or drill oil ensuring that the drilling process is safe, efficient, and minimally disruptive to the environment.

Production Engineers: They come into the play after the drilling is completed. They monitors wells’ oil and gas production and figure out ways to increase the production.

Reservoir Engineers: They determines reservoirs’ characteristics to recover oil or gas from underground deposits. They also figure out the methods to get the most oil or gas out of the reservoirs.  

Petroleum Engineering: Top Companies

The top Petroleum Engineering companies in India are given in the table below.

Bharat Petroleum

Aban Offshore

Aban Offshore Limited

Abhay Ocean India Pvt Ltd

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)

Adani Group

Aquarius International

Aryatech Marine and Offshore Services

Aryavartha Design Consultants LLP

Bengal Sun Solar Energy India Pvt. Ltd.

Bharat Oil & Waste Management Ltd.

Cairn India

Castrol India

Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd.

Coastal Energen Pvt. Ltd.

CubicWheels Engineering Services Pvt. Ltd.

Delhi Aviation Fuel Facility Pvt. Ltd.

Essar Oil Limited

Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL)

GE Oil and Gas India

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation

Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL)

Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL)

Oil India Limited

Petroleum Engineering FAQs

Q. How well did high school studies help a candidate to prepare well for pursuing the Petroleum Engineering course?

A. School studies are very important for qualifying the entrance exam as well as it acts as a foundation for studies in the first year of an undergraduate engineering programme.

Q. What are the skills a person needs to develop for being successful in this field?

A. Along with a good hold on Science and Mathematics, good writing, problem-solving and presentation skills are required for being a good petroleum engineer. The ability to work with others on teams is also an important trait required among the engineers.

Q. How important are internships for a good career in Petroleum Engineering?

A. The internship is a great experience for all the budding engineers as it helps you to learn the necessary skills and get hands-on experience in the field.

Q. Do companies train their employees before assigning them any work?

A. An experienced workforce does not require much training in the field of Petroleum Engineering. As far as fresher are concerned, they are trained by the company to understand the nature of work and modalities.

Q. Does being a petroleum engineer require any ongoing professional training/enrichment?

A. Yes, absolutely. It's important to keep up-to-date on developments in the industry in which you work so you'll know what topics to get ongoing training.

Q. What are the opportunities for advancement?

A. You can move into management, or you can move laterally into other areas of Petroleum Engineering. The petroleum engineering degree is very versatile to get you into different types of positions and fields.

Popular Petroleum Engineering Colleges in India

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Popular Petroleum Engineering UG Courses in India

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Syed Abdul Hadi

2021-12-21 21:16:37

How are the placements of petroleum engineering at Presidency University Bangalore?

Reply to Syed Abdul Hadi

Group Captain Vinayak Deodhar

Scholar-Level 18

2 months ago

Hello Syd Abdul Hadi, to help you I am attaching a link that will give you all the required information. https://www.shiksha.com/university/presidency-university-Bangalore-47151/placement
Best wishes to you.

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