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Career - Petroleum Engineering

Despite the fact that petroleum engineering is an attractive and high paying career opportunities, not much information is available on it. Usually, a petroleum engineering graduate is given the job to find out natural sources of oil and examine the same. Similarly, inventing the latest machines and devices which can be used in the extraction and processing of oil is part of the job of a petroleum engineer. Petroleum engineers have wide career options and are hired by global oil organizations.

The petroleum Engineering is divided into two categories.

Upstream category
The upstream area includes activities like exploration, production and exploitation of oil and natural gases.

Downstream category
The downstream area includes activities such as the refining, marketing and distributing of petroleum manufacturing goods.

As the world is highly dependent upon petroleum as a good source of energy, future in this sector is bound to be attractive and challenging. Students can do a B.Tech in petroleum engineering after completing +2  class in the science stream.

Similarly, post graduate degree in this sector can be done after the completion of graduation (BE/B.Tec) in the relevant subject. If you are an M.Sc in Chemistry then that also makes you entitled to do post graduation in petroleum engineering. Research can be done in the streams of petroleum exploration, production, petroleum refining and petrochemicals, and mechanical or petroleum science etc.

Considering the inclination towards petroleum engineering one should start preparing for entrance exams which are conducted by numerous petroleum engineering colleges. As Petrol is available in such kind of areas which are geographically lonely or remote places, it could be challenging to work in such these places. However, it is a highly paid career and money attracts lots of candidates to pursue this stream of study in engineering colleges.

What will be the cost- Fees of Petroleum Engineering
Doing a diploma or degree in petroleum engineering is expensive. One cause for high fee structure may be because the course requires lots of experiments, machinery and equipments. B.Tech or BE in Petroleum Engineering can cost between Rs 6 - 8 lakhs. And for masters (M.Tech) in petroleum engineering can fee more than Rs 3 lakhs.

Salary Package
As in every other industry, payment in petroleum engineering is determined according to the skills, knowledge, experience qualification and capabilities of the student. Moreover, if the student is from top or reputed engineering college he may get a job which can pay salary between Rs 25,000 - 30,000 per month. People working in petroleum producing big multinational companies (MNCs) get median annual salary of around $100, 000.

Top Institutes
The following institutes offer academic qualification in petroleum engineering:
• Bharathisadan Institute of Engineering and Technology
• BR Ambedkar Technological University
• Indian School of Mines
• Maharashtra Institute of Technology
• Institute of Petroleum Studies and Chemical Engineering
• Nowrosjee Wadia College
• University of Petroleum Studies
• Institute of Cheminformatics Studies
• Dr. Harising Gour University
• The Indira Gandhi National Open University - New Delhi, Delhi
• National Institute of Fashion Technology - Kolkata, West Bengal
• Karnataka Institute of Leather Technology - Bangalore, Karnataka
• Government College Of Engineering and Leather Technology - Kolkata, West Bengal


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