Petroleum engineers must master mathematics and the sciences -- physics, chemistry and geology -- in order to locate, extract, process, refine, and transport crude petroleum and natural gas for the earth?s energy needs. Math and science are important, but a great deal of computer knowledge is also required due to the increasing reliance on technology. A petroleum engineering degree will prepare individuals to handle the complex tasks of locating and analyzing reserves and obtaining oil through drilling and other mediums.Students complete a rigorous curriculum in areas that include hydrocarbon safety, oil and gas law, drilling, petroleum geology, oil and gas exploration and production, reservoir operations, and petroleum and natural gas production. Petroleum engineering also involves economic evaluation, data management operations and analysis, finance and accounting, environmental assessments, and safety issues. Training will provide individuals with the skills needed to offer technical advice to achieve economical and satisfactory progress, devise methods to improve oil and gas well production, and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. Petroleum engineers work in different fields of expertise: economics, reservoir engineering, completions/production engineering, and drilling engineering. And due to the nation?s increased interest in going green, motivated petroleum engineers are always needed to discover new, more environmentally sound procedures.
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