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Become an Engineer

Gain Hands-on engineering design experience at SRU

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Offered by: Physics and Engineering

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineers are responsible for discovery, extraction, transportation, and refinement of natural gas and oil resources. They have the opportunity to work in broad range of careers in a variety of locations around the world. The career options include; drilling engineers who design and supervise the drilling of oil and natural gas wells; production engineers who design facilities that produce, transport, and store oil and natural gas; reservoir engineers who evaluate and forecast oil and gas field performance, design extraction processes, and conduct economic evaluations; marketing engineers who handle sales, marketing and transportation of oil and natural gas products; and research scientists and engineers (usually requires a graduate degree) who find new ways of improving production, reservoir recovery processes, performance, and treatment processes. 

Program Highlights

  • A 128 credit program that can be completed in 4 years
  • Hands-on engineering design experience
  • Internship opportunities 
  • Face-time with dedicated teaching faculty
  • Designed to meet ABET accreditation criteria
  • Affordable: $33,500 to $86,700 less than other PNGE programs in the region

Why Choose Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering?

Energy is a key component in our everyday lives. A secure energy future requires a balance between environmental impact and affordable supply. A recent report by the US Energy Information Administration predicts a 56% net growth in the global energy demand between 2010 and 2040. Given this ever increasing global thirst for energy, the long term job market for PNG Engineers is projected to remain high. 

In addition, Forbes magazine rates BS in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNGE) as having the highest starting salary for bachelor's degrees with a median annual starting salary of $99,313. The median salary for engineer in this industry is $133,050.

What Will You Learn?

The curriculum will provide students with a hands-on, in-depth learning experience covering the major fields of study in PNGE, including exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas resources using safe and environmentally friendlier methods. This is a four-year, full-time degree and all courses will be taught at SRU's main campus.

Careers In Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that from 2012 to 2022 the nation will add 9,900 new petroleum engineers, a 25.7% increase. US News & World Report states that the baby-boomer generation of petroleum engineers will begin retiring at the same time that climate change and energy exploration/production become high-priority industries, this creating need and opportunity for this program. Within 150 miles of SRU, petroleum engineering positions are expected to increase by 56% in the next 10 years.

Clubs & Organizations

Physics and Engineering Club