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Petroleum Engineering

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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.

earn a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering

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

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Earn a master of science in petroleum engineering

Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering

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



The bachelor of science in Petroleum Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


The educational objectives for the Petroleum Engineering program consist of broad statements that describe the basic purpose of the program.

  1. Graduates will be prepared to assume entry level positions as Petroleum Engineers upon graduation.
  2. Graduates will understand the role of engineers in society and their obligations to the profession and society.

Attainment of these outcomes prepares graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering.

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
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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
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.

Drilling Engineering

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

  • Gas kicks
  • Corrosion
  • Offshore drilling
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a top petroleum engineering program at Montana TechGraduate Survey Information

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

Job placement rates are historically high, and starting salaries and signing bonuses rank at the top of the engineering disciplines.

Average starting salary (2009): $85,515.