Learning Center for Petroleum Engineers

oil-icon.pngPetroleum engineers are responsible not just for the production but the identification of hydrocarbons as well. A petroleum engineer might divide his time between the office and the field. Salaries for petroleum engineers have never been higher, as is demand. Come find out how you can get started in your career as a petroleum engineer. If you're already in the biz, we've got some great stuff for you too.


 List of 100+ Petroleum Exploration & Production Companies - Knowing your industry means knowing the players. While there are literally thousands of oil companies in the world, we have compiled a list of 100+ that specialize in exploration and production.

 Professional Associations for Petroleum Engineers - Professional associations for petroleum engineers also includes geologists, and others in the oil and gas industry. We have compiled a list of those associations, organizations, and societies we believe will be beneficial to you as a petroleum engineer.

 SPE Student Chapters: Worldwide - The SPE is the largest individual-member organization serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry. The SPE also has hundreds of student chapters all over the world.

 Petroleum Engineering Scholarships - The Society of Petroleum Enigneers gives out more than $1 million in student aid every year, including scholarships and fellowships for both graduate and undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the oil and gas industry. See also related grants from other organizations.

icon-video-camera.png  So You Want to Be a Petroleum Engineer? - Ever thought about becoming a petroleum engineer? Here's an informative, short video that describes what you'll need and what it's like to be a petroleum engineer.

pen-icon.png What Is Petroleum Engineering? - Petroleum engineering focuses on the study and activities in the production of hydrocarbons. Contrary to what the title indicates, it is not only the study of petroleum (crude oil), but natural gas as well. Along with earth science, petroleum engineering is the oil and gas industry’s primary subsurface discipline. The focus is not only on the recovery of hydrocarbons from subsurface reservoirs, but the efficient process thereof.

pen-icon.png How to Become a Petroleum Engineer - If it wasn’t for petroleum engineers, there wouldn’t be oil. It’s as simple as that. Petroleum Engineers not find where the oil is, they devise methods for extracting it as well. Best of all, petroleum engineers command huge salaries and because less than a thousand of them graduate from college everywhere and enter the workforce, they are in extremely high demand. How to become an engineer? Here’s what you’ll need to do.

icon-video-camera.png  UT Austin's Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering - The Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering is leading the charge on this technologically advanced research. Take a peek at professor Eric van Oort's three new state-of-the-art labs, including a virtual rig and data center, and how his staff and graduate students are using these technologies to change the world.

pen-icon.png Top 10 Petroleum Engineering Colleges in America - There are lots of great colleges for petroleum engineers, so if we left anyone off we apologize. Our list consists of the Top 10 schools we found on most of the lists compiled out there.

icon-video-camera.png  Drilling Techniques: Fracking and Sandstone Targets - Great tutorial about hydraulic fracturing and the targeting of three sandstone layers. 

pen-icon.png Types of Petroleum Engineers - Did you know that a petroleum engineer must be able to transition into different disciplines, sometimes several, all at the same time? A petroleum engineer must know how to work as a reservoir engineer, a drilling engineer, a production engineer, and more. Come check out the different types of petroleum engineering fields.

icon-video-camera.png  Formation Of Reservoir Rock - Organic wastes are composed of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen. The majority, resulting from the death of living creatures, animal or vegetal, are generally destroyed and digested by bacteria. But certain are deposited on the beds of enclosed seas, lagoons, lakes, deltas or other aquatic environments poor in oxygen.

icon-video-camera.png  Scientific Deep Sea Drilling and Coring Technology - The video shows scientific ocean drilling and coring technology. Scientific Deep Sea Drilling Vessel CHIKYU is the state-of-the-art research vessel exploring the deep earth by sampling, measuring and monitoring operated by JAMSTEC. The Earth deep below the seafloor contains a unique record of our planet's evolution and structure. Scientists study the sub-seafloor to better understand Earth's components, history, and phenomena. 

pen-icon.png Entry Level Jobs for Petroleum Engineers: Best Companies - If you’re just getting into the industry, it’s good to know which companies regularly hire entry level petroleum engineers. These are companies which are consistently expanding operations and in need of someone to assess whether or not new areas of exploration are viable both production and finically-wise.

icon-video-camera.png  Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) Explained - Safe, cost-effective refinements in hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking), horizontal drilling and other innovations now allow for the production of oil and natural gas from tight shale formations that previously were inaccessible. This video introduces the proven techniques used to extract resources from shale formations in a safe, environmentally responsible manner.

pen-icon.png Salaries for Petroleum Engineers - According to a Georgetown University report, college graduates make on average 84 percent more money than those with just a high school degree. This is based on income derived throughout one’s career. In the oil and gas business, even though those in the trades make on average more than some college graduates, petroleum engineers make even more. Petroleum engineering is one of the highest paying careers in America today. 

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