Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineers are responsible for discovery, extraction, transportation, and refinement of natural gas and oil resources. Petroleum and natural gas engineers have the opportunity to work in a broad range of careers in a variety of locations around the world. The career options include; Drilling engineers who design and supervise the drilling of oil and natural gas wells; Production engineers who design facilities that produce, transport and store oil and natural gas; Reservoir engineers who evaluate and forecast oil and gas field performance, design extraction processes and conduct economic evaluation; and Research scientists and engineers (usually requires a graduate degree) who find new ways of improving production, reservoir recovery processes, performance, and treatment processes.
Energy is a key component in our everyday lives. A secure energy future requires a balance between environmental impact and affordable supply. A recent report by the US Energy Information Administration predicts a 56% net growth in the global energy demand between 2010 and 2040. To meet this increasing demand for energy, petroleum engineers will continue to develop innovative technologies for economic extraction of the oil and natural gas from the existing and/or new resources. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of petroleum engineers will grow at a much faster rate than other engineering disciplines. In addition, the Forbes magazine rates the Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNGE) as having the highest starting salary for bachelor’s degrees in the U.S.
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Bachelor of Science degree program has been designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and capabilities required to successfully practice as petroleum and natural gas engineers and to meet the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) requirements for petroleum engineering programs. Professionals in the PNGE field must have a strong foundation in mathematics and the sciences including the geological principles relating to the occurrence, discovery and production of fluid hydrocarbons. The petroleum and natural gas engineer must know and be capable of applying both conventional engineering design principles as well as those pertaining specifically to the field of petroleum and natural gas engineering. This program will provide students with a hands-on, in-depth learning experience covering the major fields of study in petroleum and natural gas engineering, including exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas resources using safe and environmentally friendlier methods. The curriculum will concentrate on various design aspects and applications pertaining to the petroleum and natural gas industry.
The B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas program will generate highly skilled graduates with a foundation capable of achieving lifelong professional development in an industry that is rapidly growing. Graduates will be able to successfully participate as professional engineers in the petroleum and natural gas engineering industry and/or in post-graduate education; engage in life-long professional development with a commitment to continual professional growth; achieve leadership positions in the Petroleum and Natural Gas industry; and consistently practice professional and ethical responsibilities, and be mindful of the role of professionals in the global society.