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Become a Petroleum Engineer
University of North Dakota's College of Engineering and Mines offers the only Petroleum Engineering degree program in the state.
What do Petroleum Engineers do?
- Search for resources that contain oil and gas
- Once discovered they work with geologist to understand the formation and the characteristics of the rock that contains the oil and gas
- Determine the best drilling methods and perform the drilling and other methods such as fracturing to obtain optimum production
- Perform computer simulations for production optimization and field development
- Monitor production and processing
- Design equipment and processes to optimize production – enhanced recovery
- Apply Petroleum Engineering technologies to CO2 sequestration
- Make all operations safe, smooth and environmentally healthy
- High ethical standards focused on safety
- New program aimed at developing a unique applied education and research to meet industry needs
- Concerned for the environment for future generations – implementing and developing new clean technologies
- Industry affiliates program
- Increasing demand on energy has resulted in increased need for petroleum engineers.
- Graduates work in a high-tech prestigious industry
- Fun and exciting place to study and grow
Outlook for Petroleum Engineering Graduates
- Average pay for graduates $80,000+
- >90% placement
- Petroleum engineering field is rapidly growing
- Retiring work force
- Opportunities in CO2 sequestration
- Urgent need for Petroleum Engineers
For more information about the Bachelors of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering offered in the College of Engineering and Mines, please contact the Department.
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