Petroleum Engineering

Despite the fact that petroleum engineering is an attractive and high paying career option, not much information is available on it. Typically, a petroleum engineering graduate is given the job to discover natural sources of oil and examine the same. Similarly, developing the latest machines and equipment which can be used in the extraction and processing of oil is part of the job of a petroleum engineer. Petroleum engineers have the global career and are hired by global oil companies.


  • Tech –4-year graduate course in petroleum engineering.
  • Tech / M.Sc. – 2-year post graduate course in petroleum engineering.
  • D. – Doctoral degree in petroleum engineering.


10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Maths is a minimum qualification for B.E./B.Tech course. For M.Sc./M.Tech, B.E./B.Tech and for Ph.D., M.Sc./M.Tech is minimum qualification required. Candidate needs to have a strong hold on chemistry, computer science and engineering if he/she is hoping to work in petroleum engineering.

Job Options

Petroleum engineer gets jobs in petroleum and gas companies in India and overseas both with private and public sectors. Petroleum Engineers can work with Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), BPC Limited (BPCL), Lubricants India, Oil Gas India, ONGC, Bharat Petroleum, Reliance Petroleum Limited, Essar Oil Limited, Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL), Oil India Limited, Gas Projects (India) Private Limited, Hindustan Oil Exploration Company Limited, India LPG etc.


In this field pay and other benefits are depend on qualification and experience. Starting pay in this field is between Rs 35,000 and Rs 50,000 per month. Candidates working in petroleum producing MNCs get the annual salary of around $120, 000.