Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the School of Mining & Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum

For over 50 years, the University of Alberta has offered the only accredited BSc Petroleum Engineering degree program in Canada.

Petroleum engineers are involved in the exploration and development of oil and gas fields. They apply the principles of geology, physics, and the engineering sciences to the recovery, development, and processing of petroleum. Petroleum engineers recommend the best location for drilling a well, determine if the well contains significant quantities of hydrocarbons that can be recovered economically, and make decisions regarding appropriate well completion techniques.

Career possibilities:

  • Oil sands extraction technology design
  • Policy making and consultation
  • Exploration
  • Drilling and processing