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Programs in Petroleum Engineering

Combine innovative thinking and the spirit of exploration with practical experience to discover what it takes to fuel the world.

Petroleum engineering focuses on the development, exploration, drilling, production, and management of oil and natural gas resources and other minerals.

Our curriculum is designed to balance academic excellence in teaching and our longstanding commitment to discovering new concepts and technologies in drilling, production, and reservoir engineering. You will gain a solid foundation in broad areas of study ranging from math, physics, chemistry, and geology to technical engineering skills in blending fluids and solid mechanics.

McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering is internationally recognized as one of the top petroleum engineering schools in the country. Supported by our expert faculty, you will have access to many research opportunities with 21 existing consortia and joint industry projects supported by some of the world’s top energy firms.

100% Success Rate For Postgraduate Students

$130K Annual Median Pay for Petroleum Engineers

#7 For Engineering Majors,

9:1 Student to Faculty Ratio

Professional Opportunities

TU student at North Campus.

Our programs prepare you for exciting careers in a rapidly growing profession with numerous opportunities. You will have access to state-of-the-art research and simulation equipment on the main campus and TU’s historic North Campus, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to thrive in the industry. TU alumni find employment at leading companies like Kuwait Oil Company, Conoco Philps and Climarex Energy. 

Job opportunities: 

  • Drilling engineer
  • Completions engineer
  • Geoscientist
  • Industrial engineer
  • Reservoir engineer

Beyond the Classroom

    • Set the stage for lifelong learning and success.

      Learning is an individualized journey that extends far beyond a major or the walls of a classroom. TU’s Office of Integrative and Experiential Learning (OIEL) provides opportunities for scholars to enliven their studies through global education, research, scholarship, and interdisciplinary programs. Our real-world academic enrichment opportunities are designed to challenge students and enhance their personal and professional educational experience.


    • Make your TU experience as rich and diverse as you like.

      TU students have abundant opportunities to get involved with clubs and organizations to develop new skills, meet new friends, and make lifetime memories. From international clubs, music groups, and intramural sports to Greek life, student government, and on-campus leadership, there’s truly something for everyone at TU. Our multi-faceted extracurricular options perfectly complement our multidisciplinary academic approach.


    • Be the change you want to see.

      TU encourages students to give back to the community and see societal problems through a different lens. In considering issues ranging from low-income to racial biases, students analyze the intricacies of cyclical social issues to gain broader perspectives and insights, which they can share with others and act on in the community.


    • Pursue success with confidence — backed by TU’s job placement guarantee.

      TU is committed to our students’ professional success, which is why our Center for Career Development, aka CaneCareers, offers a job placement guarantee program. We promise that students who follow the program will land an entry-level job in their chosen field or continue their education within six months of graduation, or we’ll give them a free semester of grad school.


    Learn about the college

    Our engaging faculty will help you gain a high-quality educational experience that prepares you for exciting careers in the petroleum industry or to pursue an advanced petroleum engineering degree. Click below to learn more.

    College of Engineering & Computer Science

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