B.Tech Petroleum Engineering - Course Overview

Duration: 4.0 yrs |Mode: Regular|Avg. Fees: 70,000 / Year

1 (Courses) 43 (Institute)

About B.Tech Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum engineers specialise in the study and discovery of natural reservoirs and petroleum deposits located deep inside the earth. The four-year programme covers the study of discovering and locating these reservoirs and deposits.

Petroleum engineers are expected to locate oil reservoirs and once these reservoirs are located, they study and examine the geological formation, nature of rock containing the reservoir with the help of other geologists to determine the drilling method required for extraction.

Designing and developing effective and cost-efficient technology to extract these petroleum resources is one of the elemental part of the job petroleum engineers. Also, they monitor the drilling process and ensure that the resources are extracted safely and stored properly.

B.Tech - Petroleum Engineering Syllabus

First Year:

Professional Communication

Environmental Studies

Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Mathematics – 1

Engineering Physics – 1

Engineering Mathematics – 2

Engineering Chemistry

Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering

Technical Communication

Fundamentals of Electronics Engineering

Engineering Drawing

Fundamentals of Computer


Second Year:

Engineering Measurement and Control

Strength of Material

Mechanics of Solids

Petroleum Exploration

Thermodynamics of Reservoir Fluids

Drilling Fluids

Earth Science

Drilling and Well Completion

Energy Resources

Geo Mechanics

Petroleum Geology



Third Year:

Petroleum Production Engineering

Pumps and Compressors

Surface Production Engineering

Machines and Equipment


Equipment Design

Advanced Drilling

Reservoir Management

Natural Gas Engineering

Reservoir Modelling

Reservoir Engineering

Artificial Lift Techniques


Fourth Year:

Petroleum Processing Operations

Safety Technology

Petrochemical Engineering

Marketing of Petroleum Products

Oil Recovery

Equipment Design

Polymer Science

Chemical Reaction Engineering


Petroleum Refinery Engineering

Natural Gas Processing

Pipeline Engineering

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Career Options and Job Prospects

The automobile industry has led to the never-ending requirement of fuel and therefore there is a huge requirement for skilled engineers who know how oil extraction, refining and marketing works. Petroleum engineering is one of the highest paying engineering fields as oil is an ever blooming industry. International job opportunities offered by Gulf countries offer some of the highest salary packages in this field. Following are some job profiles that petroleum engineers can seek after completing this programme:

  • Industrial Engineers
  • Petroleum Geologists
  • Completions Engineers
  • Drilling Engineers
  • Pipeline Transportation Engineer
  • Chemists and Materials Scientists
  • Natural Gas Modeling & Simulation Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Reservoir Engineers
  • PNG, CNG Operation & Distribution Engineer
  • Refinery Manager
  • Geoscientists

According to the placement statistics of petroleum engineers, the annual salary of a petroleum engineer ranges from Rs. 4.5 lakh to Rs. 15 lakh after completing the programme and securing jobs in the core sector. The average salary after completing B.Tech in petroleum engineering is Rs. 7 lakhs annually. Salaries after 5 to 7 years of experience can also go up to Rs. 40 lakh per annum or more in the Gulf countries.


What are the top colleges offering B.Tech - Petroleum Engineering courses ?

Following are some of the top colleges offering Engineering courses : Indian Institute of Technology (Roorkee) , Indian Institute of Technology (Varanasi) , Institute of Chemical Technology (Mumbai) , Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur) , National Institute of Technology (Mangalore). You can explore these colleges on our website to check if they offer B.Tech - Petroleum Engineering or not.

What is the average fee for the course B.Tech - Petroleum Engineering ?

The average fee for B.Tech - Petroleum Engineering is INR 70,000 per year.

What is the duration of the course B.Tech - Petroleum Engineering ?

B.Tech - Petroleum Engineering is a 4 year course.

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