Petroleum Engineering

Engineering [Bachelor of Technology]

Petroleum engineering is concerned with the production of hydrocarbons like crude oil and natural gas. Exploration and production of the same come from the oil and gas sector. A petroleum engineer along with the geologist have the highest impact on the field economics. They check which reservoir is developed and which one is depleted.

Certain assignments for the petroleum engineer involve working with geologists, production, reservoir, and commercial managers to interpret logging results with production prediction potential. There are many such tasks which are handled by the petroleum engineer.


It is one of the highest paid engineering disciples


It is further divided into 3 sub-branches namely, Reservoir engineers, drilling engineers and production engineers.

Course Curriculum

Year 1



Applied Mathematics
Applied Physics
Manufacturing Processes
Electrical Technology
Human Values and Professional Ethics
Fundamentals of Computing
Applied Chemistry
Electronic Devices
Introduction to Programming
Engineering Mechanics
Communication Skills
Environmental StudiesManufacturing Processes
Electrical Technology
Human Values and Professional Ethic
Fundamentals of Computing
Applied Chemistry
Electronic Devices
Introduction to Programming
Engineering Mechanics
Communication Skills
  1. Applied Mathematics
  2. Applied Physics
  3. Manufacturing Processes
  4. Electrical Technology
  5. Human Values and Professional Ethics
  6. Fundamentals of Computing
  7. Applied Chemistry
  8. Electronic Devices
  9. Introduction to Programming
  10. Engineering Mechanics
Communication SkillsEnvironmental Studies



Manufacturing Processes
Electrical Technology
Human Values and Professional Ethic
Fundamentals of Computing
Applied Chemistry
Electronic Devices
Introduction to Programming
Engineering Mechanics
Communication Skills
Environmental Studie

Year 2

  1. Numerical Analysis and Statistical Techniques
  2. Electrical Machines
  3. Thermal Science
  4. Production Technology
  5. Material Science
  6. Metallurgy
  7. Material Strengths
  8. Material Kinematics
  9. Measurements and Instrumentation
  10. IC Engines and Gas Turbines
  11. Fluid Mechanics

Year 3

  1. Mechanical Engineering
  2. Geology for Petroleum Engineers
  3. Drilling technology
  4. Drilling fluids
  5. Drilling cements
  6. Humanities and Social Sciences
  7. Numerical concepts
  8. Statistical methods
  9. Production Engineering Basics
  10. Reservoir Engineering Basics
  11. Managerial Economics

Year 4

  1. Petroleum Production Operations
  2. Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology
  3. Physical Chemistry
  4. Physical Chemistry Practical aspects
  5. Methods of Applied Mathematics
  6. Petroleum refining
  7. Petrochemicals
  8. Petroleum Engineering Design
  9. Surface operations for Oil and Gas Production
  10. Offshore structures design

Breakup of Course Duration

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Similar Branches

Mining Engineering

Petrochemical Engineering

Power Engineering


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Application of Stream

This stream offers a lot of career options for those interested in studying the extraction procedure of oil and gas. One of the main important opportunities for a petroleum engineer is achieved by working in a recognized refinery.


Following is the list of activity performed by Petroleum engineer:


  • They design equipment to extract oil and gas in the most profitable way.
  • They develop ways to inject water, chemicals, gas, or steam into an oil reserve to force out more oil.
  • Engineer develop plans to drill in oil and gas fields, and then to recover the oil and gas.
  • Evaluate the production of wells through testing and surveys.
  • Use computer-controlled drilling or fracturing to connect a larger area of an oil and gas deposit to a single well.
  • Make sure that oil field equipment is installed, operated, and maintained properly


There are 2 important specializations in Petroleum Engineering:


Upstream Engineering - This is concerned with the initial step of identifying oil and gas exploration points.


Downstream Engineering- This other specialization deals with practical aspects of processing techniques relating to petroleum refinery and natural gas, inclusive of concepts like Budgeting, cost and time estimation.


The sub-branches are as follows:

  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Drilling Engineering
  • Production Engineering



Candidates must pass the higher secondary examination (12th) with science stream from a recognized educational board in order to take admission in the bachelor program.


Minimum educational prescribed for admission to the master course is bachelor degree in relevant field.


Admission Criteria -:

Interested students can apply for the bachelor degree in petroleum engineering through various entrance test. Admission process always varies for every college/institution.


Alternately, Candidates can take JEE Main Exam organized for admission to the B.Tech programmed in various premier colleges like IIT's, NIT.


For the graduate students, the entrance exam for various national, state and University level need to taken. One of the major exam Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is must for taking admission in IIT's and NIT.

Average Fees (In Lacs  )

Year wise Fees Bifurcation

First Year
Second Year
Third Year
Fourth Year

Average Fees by Location

4.2 L Uttar Pradesh
3.9 L Haryana
3.8 L Rajasthan
3.4 L Karnataka

Latest Developments

JEE Mains 2018: Aadhar Card correction available

According to the latest notification issued by CBSE, the candidates appearing for Joint Entrance Exam (JEE Main) in April 2018 are provided with the facility of correcting their Aadhar details in the online application form.

UPSEE 2018- Application Date Extended

Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Examination (UPSEE 2018) conducted by Dr. A. P. J. Kalam Technical University declared that the online registration date for UPSEE 2018 has been extended from March 15 to March 30, 2018

WBJEE 2018: Two out of Five Aspirants from Outside State

According to the latest data, Two out of Five candidates appearing for the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination will be from outside the state of West Bengal. The previous year, almost 1.5 out of five candidates were from outside the state of West Bengal which included the majority of the candidates from Bihar and Jharkhand.

Career Description

Petroleum engineering has a lot of scope. A petroleum engineering students can attain various roles in an organization.

Some of the roles that a candidate can pursue after a qualification in this stream are:


  1. Production engineering
  2. Refinery Managerial and Supervisory
  3. Chemical and Material Scientists
  4. Geoscience
  5. Petroleum Engineering
  6. Pipeline transportation
  7. Natural Gas modeling


The average salary range for a beginner would be 4-5 L while it may range up to 50 L and above for experienced staff.

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