Petroleum engineering as career option in India

by Tanvi Sharma

career in petroleum engineering

Petroleum engineering as career option in India involves the study of all of the stages of oil and gas field evaluation, development and production. The aim of Petroleum engineer is to maximise hydrocarbon recovery and minimize environmental degradation.

If you are interested in making Petroleum engineering as your career, read on to know the eligibility, courses available, career prospects, key recruiters and top institutions in India.

Petroleum engineering- The Overview

The prime motive of Petroleum engineers is to locate natural reservoirs of petroleum deposits. They work to develop more effective, cost-efficient methods of petroleum recovery through the application of principles from chemistry, mathematics, engineering, and geology. The course content of petroleum engineering comprises of the methodology of Oil & Gas extraction technology, relevant basic sciences, and engineering can be applied for the exploration, drilling, production, and refining of petroleum.

Eligibility criteria for Petroleum engineering:


B.E./B.Tech Courses: (Eligibility: 10+2 with Science subjects)

Post graduate

M.E./M.Tech Courses: (Eligibility: BE/B.Tech Petroleum, Petrochemical, Chemical and Mechanical Engineering)

PhD Courses: PhD can be pursued by candidates interested in research areas.


You must pass the qualifying entrance exam of the institution offering the program. Getting good JEE score will help you in getting admissions to the best colleges.

Top Petroleum Engineering Colleges in India:

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai
  • Indian School of Mines University(ISM), Dhanbad
  • University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun
  • Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), Gandhinagar
  • Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT), Pune
  • M. S Engineering College, Bangalore
  • L.D College Of Engineering, Ahmedabad
  • G.H Patel College Of Engineering, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat
  • Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT), Uttar Pradesh

Petroleum engineering Course profile

Under Graduate
Post Graduate
B.Tech Applied Petroleum Engineering with Specialization in Upstream M.Tech Petroleum Exploration
B.Tech Applied Petroleum Engineering with Specialization in Gas M.Tech Energy Systems
B.Tech Chemical Engineering with Specialization in Refining & Petrochemicals M.Tech Pipeline Engineering
B.Tech Geo Science Engineering M.Tech Chemical Engineering with specialization in Process Design Engineering
B.Tech Geo Informatics Engineering
B.Tech Mining Engineering

Core subjects of petroleum engineering:

Introduction to Petroleum Operations, Thermodynamics & Heat Engines, Material & Energy Flow, Applied Geology Competition, Applied Geology II, Applied Geology III, Production Engineering I, Reservoir Engineering I , Applied Numerical Methods , Reservoir Engineering II , Heat Transfer Processes, Natural Gas Engineering , Industrial Management , Chemical Thermodynamics Offshore Drilling & Production Operations , Petroleum Engineering Economics, Production Engineering II , Safety Health & Environment Management , Pipeline Transportation of Oil & Gas

Elective subjects of petroleum engineering:

Petroleum Production System Design, Reservoir Modeling & Simulation, Coal Bed Methane Technology, Enhanced Oil Recovery, Developing LNG, Production & Handling Oil, Field Asset Management

Petroleum engineer job profile

  • Reservoir Engineer
  • Technical Support Engineer
  • Senior Geoscientist
  • Drill Bits System Field Engineer
  • Petroleum Technologist and Drilling Engineer
  • Principal Reservoir Petro Physicist
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Tender and Quotations Analyst
  • Geosciences Pressure Expert
  • Senior Petro Physicist
  • Senior Exploration Geologist
  • Process Engineer

Key recruiters in India

Petroleum engineering open placement opportunities in following companies

Bharat Petroleum Corporation, Haldia Petrochemicals, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Indian Oil Corporation, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, Shell Technology, Derrick Petroleum, Schlumberger, Halliburton

This article has compiled information from various sources to impart knowledge regarding job prospects and scope of Petroleum engineering as career option in India with a hope to help our subscribers in choosing their desired field of Petroleum engineering as a profession.