Petroleum Engineering (PET)

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Career opportunities

Petroleum Engineers work in all parts of the world and are amongst the highest paid engineering professionals. They are in strong demand both in Australia and abroad.

Petroleum Engineers initially work outdoors: offshore and onshore, often in remote field locations. They also work in offices of oil companies in capital cities. They use the most modern and advanced technology. They may be employed directly by large or small companies, or they may work as consultants.

Other career opportunities include economic evaluation and financing of major energy projects, research to improve oil recovery and develop new production systems, management, education and environmental control. 

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Program overview








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Find out more about Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum Engineering is a discipline that prepares graduates for careers in the petroleum exploration and production industry and its related fields of activity. These include leading positions in the financial, marketing and environmental sectors.

Petroleum Engineering involves the practical application of the major engineering sciences, as well as earth sciences, in the development of petroleum and other subsurface energy resources.

Petroleum Engineers supervise the development of major onshore and offshore oil and gas fields. In production, petroleum engineers design, plan and manage the processes of recovering energy resources safely and economically.

For more information contact:

Dr Guangyao Si 
Co-op Coordinator
School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering 
Phone: (02) 9385 5727 

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Who should apply?

In addition to meeting the general entrance requirements for a Co-op scholar (see Are you the next Co-op scholar?), successful Petroleum Engineering applicants should:

  • Have a strong interest in science
  • Have a desire to apply this knowledge to solving technical problems in the petroleum industry.
  • As a graduate, be prepared to travel to different countries where oil and gas companies operate (due to the international nature of this industry). Living and travelling conditions offered by the industry are superb.

The recommended knowledge for entry into the UNSW Co-op Program in Petroleum Engineering is:

  • Mathematics Extension 1
  • Physics and / or Chemistry

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