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 Study Petroleum Engineering at Montana Tech

Petroleum Engineering

Montana Tech Celebrates 70 Years of Petroleum Engineering

If you’re interested in meeting the challenges of supplying the world with energy, consider earning your bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Montana Technological University.

The Montana Tech Petroleum Engineering department guarantees relevant industry exposure and meaningful contact with faculty. Students grow through participation in student organizations like our Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter, and opportunities to work with faculty on undergraduate research.

What is Petroleum Engineering?

Petroleum engineering uses mathematics, physics, and geology to address and solve important issues that lead to energy security. In short, a large part of a petroleum engineer’s job is to find crude oil and natural gas for the country’s energy needs and design and develop methods for extracting them from below the Earth’s surface. In petroleum engineering, students develop an in-depth understanding of natural resource recovery, the economics of the industry, and respect for the environment.

At Montana Tech, petroleum engineering students learn drilling engineering, production engineering, and reservoir engineering, as well as receive hands-on lab and field experience in our unparalleled location in the Northern Rockies.

State-of-the-Art Labs & Equipment

You’ll have numerous hands-on learning opportunities at Montana Tech. Get the skills necessary to operate sophisticated instruments through our petroleum engineering degree program. Our petroleum engineering labs use state-of-the-art analytical, laboratory, and field equipment. You’ll have access to instruments in your lab courses and opportunities to assist faculty on innovative research projects.

Petroleum Engineering Internships

Receive even more hands-on experience through a variety of petroleum engineering internships in multiple employment areas, such as engineering consulting, natural resources, and energy industries. As an in-demand petroleum engineering student, you’ll have your pick of top internships in your area of interest.

Outstanding Location

Live and learn in Butte, an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. Six mountain ranges surround the Montana Tech campus, and two national parks and five rivers are nearby for weekend adventures. You’ll benefit inside and outside the classroom while earning your bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering here.

Relevant Industry Exposure
Relevant Industry Exposure
hands-on learning environment
Hands-On Learning Environment
A 70-year-old program at Tech
A 70-year-old program at Tech
study petroleum engineering and have fun too

Study Petroleum Engineering and Have Fun Too

Get involved in various clubs and organizations on campus, such as the Engineers Without Borders club. Ski at nearby resorts or in the backcountry. Enjoy southwest Montana’s hot springs. Hike the Great Divide and other trails. Fish in pristine mountain streams. While you earn your petroleum engineering degree, you’ll enjoy during it at Montana Tech.

Prepare for a career in petroleum engineering

Be Ready for a Career in Petroleum Engineering

Through this rigorous petroleum engineering degree, you’ll not only gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed. You’ll also develop communication, interpersonal, and project management skills employers seek. From Montana Tech’s engaged petroleum engineering faculty to Career Services, you’ll have the resources, support, and connections you need to land coveted internships and jobs and receive a top petroleum engineering salary.

1 of 20 Universities Offering This Degree
1 of 20 Universities Offering This Degree
#1 In The Nation for Best Value Engineering Schools
#1 In The Nation for Best Value Engineering Schools

study petroleum engineering at Montana TechIf you're interested in exploring for oil and natural gas, consider a major in petroleum engineering. You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of natural resource recovery, the economics of the industry, and respect for the environment.

You’ll also gain hands-on practice through five high-tech labs on campus and in field experiences across the state and beyond. And, with a degree from Montana Tech, you’ll be in demand whether you enter the marketplace or pursue a graduate degree.

Montana Tech is ranked #1 among the best engineering schools in the nation by Best Value Schools, and we also boast a 100% career outcome rate. We’re also 1 of only 20 universities in the United States to offer this degree. There is no better location than Montana Tech to earn your petroleum engineering bachelor’s degree because of our field-based coursework that gives you hands-on experience perfect for a career in petroleum engineering.

What Kind of Jobs do Petroleum Engineers do?

Even in a challenging economy, petroleum engineers typically enjoy excellent opportunities in degree-related careers or graduate school. Job placement rates are historically high, and starting salaries and signing bonuses rank at the top of the engineering disciplines. Montana Tech petroleum engineering graduates go on to work in reservoir, production, and drilling industries.

Career Outlook for the Petroleum Engineering Degree

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Petroleum Engineering Salary

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of petroleum engineers is projected to grow 3% through 2028, which is slightly lower than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for petroleum engineers was $137,6720 in 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Reservoir Engineering

Study the physical properties of oil and gas reservoirs, and learn how to—

  • Estimate reserves
  • Perform economic evaluations
  • Conduct reservoir simulation studies using computer modeling
  • Recover maximum resources within economic constraints
Production Engineering

Become skilled in the production and field processing of oil and gas. Learn to design efficient and cost-effective procedures for lifting oil and gas from underground reservoirs.

Drilling Engineering

Develop expertise in designing environmentally sound oil and gas drilling operations. Prepare for challenges such as—

  • Gas kicks
  • Corrosion
  • Offshore drilling
Earn a master of science in petroleum engineering

Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering

Earn your Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Petroleum Engineering, with specializations available in Reservoir Engineering, Drilling Engineering, and Production Engineering.

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earn a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering

Earn your Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Petroleum Engineering, with specializations available in Reservoir Engineering, Drilling Engineering, and Production Engineering.

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a top petroleum engineering program at Montana Tech

Petroleum Engineering Minor

Montana Tech offers petroleum engineering minor which is designed for students in another four year degree program at Tech.

Graduate Survey Information

Even in a challenging economy, petroleum engineers typically enjoy excellent opportunities in degree-related careers or graduate school.

Job placement rates are historically high, and starting salaries and signing bonuses rank at the top of the engineering disciplines.

Average starting salary: $85,000.

Explore Classes for the Petroleum Engineering Degree

With a petroleum engineering degree from Montana Tech, you’ll gain hands-on practice through five high-tech labs on campus and in-field experiences across the state and beyond. And, with a degree from Montana Tech, you’ll be in demand whether you enter the marketplace or pursue a graduate degree. You can earn your Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Petroleum Engineering, with specializations available in Reservoir Engineering, Drilling Engineering, and Production Engineering.

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Get Started on Your Petroleum Engineering Bachelor's Degree

Take the next step toward earning your petroleum engineering bachelor’s degree at Montana Tech.

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Talk to an Advisor

Contact petroleum engineering department head Burt Todd, 406-496-4834 or email.

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Transfer

To transfer to Montana Tech, you must be a high school graduate and have earned more than 12 college credits.

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