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Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with the activities related to crude oil or natural gas. Both these petroleum products are a form of hydrocarbons. The engineers delve deeper into the Earth’s crust to extract these hydrocarbons. Petroleum engineering became a profession in 1914 when the course was first launched in the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIMA). However, the degree was first conferred in 1915 by the University of Pittsburgh. The branch solved various complex problems related to the mining and uses of petroleum and crude oil. Today, the scope of thie field has improved. Moreover, there is an improvement in the toolbox of the petroleum engineers. With the help of technologies like horizontal drilling, enhanced oil recovery, computer modeling, and probability analysis, petroleum engineers are more likely to perform their work efficiently. 

Petroleum engineering has seen major changes in its working mechanism over the years. Earlier, it was challenging to extract crude oils, but now, automation, sensors, and robots are being used to enhance the efficiency of the process. Students willing in making a career in this field must know that petroleum engineering offers high-paying jobs. However, there is a tendency of mass layoff due to fluctuations in the oil prices. Moreover, this field offers students the opportunity to visit many countries. 

Colleges offering petroleum engineering courses

  • IIT Bombay
  • IIT Madras
  • LPU Jalandhar
  • Chandigarh University
  • Presidency University, Bangalore
  • MBM Engineering College, Jodhpur
  • MIT WPU Faculty of Engineering, Pune

Students can take admission to any of these colleges to become a petroleum engineer. 

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