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Study  Petroleum  Engineering
at  Montana Tech!

If you're interested in exploring for oil and natural gas, consider a major in petroleum engineering. You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of natural resource recovery, the economics of the industry, and respect for the environment.

You’ll also gain hands-on practice through five high-tech labs on campus and in field experiences across the state and beyond. And, with a degree from Montana Tech, you’ll be in demand whether you enter the marketplace or pursue a graduate degree.

Degrees, Options and Specializations

Earn your Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Petroleum Engineering, with specializations available in Reservoir Engineering, Drilling Engineering, and Production Engineering.

Reservoir Engineering: Study the physical properties of oil and gas reservoirs, and learn how to—

  • Estimate reserves
  • Perform economic evaluations
  • Conduct reservoir simulation studies using computer modeling
  • Recover maximum resources within economic constraints

Drilling Engineering: Develop expertise in designing environmentally sound oil and gas drilling operations. Prepare for challenges such as—

  • Gas kicks
  • Corrosion
  • Offshore drilling

Production Engineering: Become skilled in the production and field processing of oil and gas. Learn to design efficient and cost-effective procedures for lifting oil and gas from underground reservoirs.

Even in a challenging economy, petroleum engineers typically enjoy excellent opportunities in degree-related careers or graduate school.

Placement (2009): 91%

Average starting salary (2009): $46,327


Graduate Survey Information

Even in a challenging economy, petroleum engineers typically enjoy excellent opportunities in degree-related careers or graduate school.

Placement (2009): 91%

Average starting salary (2009): $46,327

Faculty

Along with conducting research, our world-class faculty are passionate about teaching and mentoring students like you.

Petroleum Engineering

Student Spotlight

alumnus
Montana Tech is limitless. I have never had a professor tell me, ‘You can’t do that.’ As fast as I come up with an idea, I can put it into action.

-Scyller Borglum, Petroleum Engineering

Student Spotlight

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I chose Tech because every time I talked to major petroleum companies like BP, Chevron, Chesapeake and others about what school they liked to hire from, they said, ‘Montana Tech.’

-Rory Lapka, Petroleum Engineering
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