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Enormous opportunities, attractive wages, with Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum engineering is a field of engineering concerned with the activities related to the production of hydrocarbons, which can be either crude oil or natural gas.
The use of fossil fuel resources has increased tremendously over the past few years,worldwide. Petroleum stands in the front row. The experts who will search and extract petroleum reserves are called Petroleum engineers. After intermediate,candidates can join the petroleum engineering course. This course is offered by many universities and institutes in the country. Here is a special article on Petroleum Engineering Coursesand career opportunities…

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With international investments in the petroleum sector growing, demand for experts in this sector is also growing. Public sector companies are also trying to extract oil products with private partnerships. Petroleum engineering requires a great deal of knowledge in geophysics, petroleum geology, formation evolution, drilling, economics, reservoir simulation, and reservoir engineering.

  • B. Tech / BE - Petroleum Engineering
  • B.Tech - Petrochemical Engineering
  • B.Tech - Applied Petroleum Engineering
  • B.Tech - Petroleum Refinery Engineering
  • B.Tech - Petroleum Reservoir and Production Engineering.

All these are undergraduate courses of four years duration. Those who have completed these UG courses can enroll in two year post graduate (PG) courses of their interest.

PG courses
  • M. Tech / ME - Petroleum Exploration
  • M. Tech - Petroleum Refinery Engineering
  • M. Tech - Petroleum Refining and Petrochemical Engineering
  • Many universities offer a five-year integrated Dual Degree B. Tech + M. Tech Petroleum Engineering Course.

Inview of the opportunities in the petroleum industry, there is, an increasing number of students enrolled in petroleum engineering courses. However, there is a shortage of experts according to demand. This means that almost everyone who has completed the course has a good chance. Those who have passed Intermediate (M.P.C) with 60% marks are eligible for admission to undergraduate courses. Depending on the rank of the relevant admission test, one can get admission to B. Tech / BE in the respective Institutes / Universities / Colleges. Admission to PG level courses is based on GATE score. Some institutes are specially conducting the entrance test. Admission to the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies in Dehradun is through'UPESEAT'.

Petroleum engineering courses are offered by many reputed institutes in the country. Some of these institutes offer courses at UG level while others offer entry into petroleum engineering specialization at PG level.

They are..
  • IIT-Bombay
  • IIT-Madras
  • Indian School of Mines – Dhanbad
  • University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) – Dehradun
  • Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy – Visakhapatnam
  • JNTU- Kakinada
  • Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University – Gandhinagar
  • Dibrugarh University
  • Aligarh Muslim University – UP
  • Anna University - Chennai.

Candidates who have completed the Petroleum Engineering Course will get jobs like Drilling Engineer, Production Engineer, Chief Petroleum Engineer, Reservoir Engineer.

The following are examples of types of petroleum engineers:
Completions engineers decide the best way to finish building wells so that oil or gas will flow up from underground. They oversee work to complete the building of wells—a project that might involve the use of tubing, hydraulic fracturing, or pressure-control techniques.

Drilling engineers determine the best way to drill oil or gas wells, taking into account a number of factors, including cost. They also ensure that the drilling process is safe, efficient, and minimally disruptive to the environment.

Production engineers take over wells after drilling is completed. They typically monitor wells' oil and gas production. If wells are not producing as much as expected, production engineers figure out ways to increase the amount being extracted.

Reservoir engineers estimate how much oil or gas can be recovered from underground deposits, known as reservoirs. They study reservoirs' characteristics and determine which methods will get the most oil or gas out of the reservoirs. They also monitor operations to ensure that optimal levels of these resources are being recovered.

Duties of Petroleum Engineers
Petroleum engineers will:
  • Design equipment to extract oil and gas from onshore and offshore reserves deep underground.
  • Develop plans to drill in oil and gas fields, and then to recover the oil and gas.
  • Develop ways to inject water, chemicals, gases, or steam into an oil reserve to force out more oil or gas
  • Make sure that oilfield equipment is installed, operated, and maintained properly.
  • Evaluate the production of wells through surveys, testing, and analysis.

Petroleum Engineeringgraduates have hugeopportunities worldwide. They can get good jobs in domestic companies including ONGC, HPCL, BPCL, IOCL, Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited (CPCL), Gas Authority of India (GAIL), Hindustan Oil Exploration Company (HOEC), Essar Oil and Reliance Gas, etc.

Attractive wages
Candidates who have completed the petroleum engineering courses will receive attractive salaries in the respective departments. Domestic companies have a minimum wage of up to Rs. 7 lakh per annum. Working abroad on behalf of international companies will get more attractive salaries.
Published date : 08 May 2020 03:11PM

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