Future petroleum engineers take courses in drilling engineering to prepare for high-paying jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the median salary for a petroleum engineer in May 2009 was £70,791. This average salary is indicative of the advanced skills and willingness to work in dangerous environments required in petroleum engineering. You can develop drilling engineering skills at universities in states with high crude oil production, as measured by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Marietta College hosts a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Petroleum Engineering through the Edwyn R. Brown Department of Petroleum Engineering. This undergraduate curriculum includes courses in drilling engineering, reservoir engineering and petrophsyics. Engineering students apply for financial aid awards like the Pioneer Scholars Program and the Charles Sumner Harrison Scholarship. The Marietta College Society of Petroleum Engineering keeps students updated on the latest trends in the oil industry. The Office of Residence Life houses students in housing complexes like Russell Hall and Parsons Hall. The Marietta College Career Center assists future petroleum engineers with interview tips and job vacancies.
Marietta College 215 Fifth St. Marietta, OH 45750 740-376-4775 marietta.edu
University of Texas at Austin
The Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin features multiple programs for drilling engineers. Students accelerate the petroleum engineering program by one year with the five-year BS/Master of Science (MS) Program. The school also operates a BS to Ph.D. program that allows exceptional students to take graduate courses over summer and winter breaks. The core curriculum in petroleum engineering contains classes on natural gas engineering, advanced petrophysics and well completions. The Engineering Career Assistance Center works with graduating students to find employment opportunities with oil companies.
University of Texas at Austin 1 University Station Austin, TX 78712 512-471-3161 utexas.edu
University of Alaska-Fairbanks
The College of Engineering and Mines at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks offers BS and MS degrees in petroleum engineering. Undergraduate students register for courses in well logging, fluid mechanics and well test analysis. Faculty and students complete research in drilling and petroleum engineering at the school's Petroleum Development Laboratory. The University of Alaska-Fairbanks accepts applications each year for financial aid options like the Horizon Grant and the University Scholars Program. Engineering students stay close to campus at university-owned properties like the MacLean House and the MBS Complex.
University of Alaska-Fairbanks 505 S. Chandalar Drive Fairbanks, AK 99775 907-474-7211 uaf.edu
Montana Tech runs undergraduate and graduate programs in petroleum engineering. Students pursuing the BS in Petroleum Engineering can concentrate on drilling engineering. All petroleum engineering students start with classes in reservoir simulation and well drilling. Montana Tech provides funding for student chapters of the Society of Petroleum Engineering and the American Association of Drilling Engineers. The Montana Tech Library houses journals, schematics and texts dealing with drilling and petroleum engineering. The Office of Residence Life accommodates engineering students in Prospector Hall and Centennial Hall.
Montana Tech 1300 W. Park St. Butte, MT 59701 406-496-4197 mtech.edu
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