bachelor's degree in engineering is required for almost all entry-level
requirements for undergraduate engineering schools include a solid
background in mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and
calculus) and science (biology, chemistry, and physics), and courses in
English, social studies, humanities, and computer and information
Internships and Coops
provide students with a great opportunity to gain real-world experience
while still in school. Many universities offer co-op and internship
programs for students studying Petroleum Engineering. This provides
students with first hand experience in the industry and the opportunity
to contribute to a real-world program or project.
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degree programs in engineering typically are designed to last 4 years,
but many students find that it takes between 4 and 5 years to complete
their studies. In a typical 4-year college curriculum, the first 2 years
are spent studying mathematics, basic sciences, introductory
engineering, humanities, and social sciences. Petroleum engineering
students may also take courses such as Reservoir Petrophysics, Petroleum
Engineering Systems, and Physical
Geology during these years. In
the last 2 years, a petroleum engineering program might include courses in
Drilling and Production Systems, Geostatistics, Well Performance,
Reservoir Fluids, Petroleum Project Evaluation, Engineering Ethics, and
Well Completion and Stimulation.
Those interested in a
career in petroleum engineering should consider reviewing engineering programs that are
ABET, Inc. If you choose to attend a program that is not ABET accredited, you should be sure that the university
is regionally accredited.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.