Fossil fuels play a decisive role in determining our current energy supply and will only be able to be replaced over a very long period of time. Nonetheless the climate crisis demands rapidly implemented alternatives. The challenges for you as a future geoenergy engineer are great, yet doable thanks to your excellent technical training.
As a geoenergy engineer, you will develop innovative technologies and processes for the energetic and sustainable use of the underground. This includes clean decarbonised fossil energies, the alternative energy source geothermal energy, and the large-scale storage of hydrogen from surplus renewable energy. This will make it possible to supply our society with sustainable energy around the clock. And did you know that CO2 can be stored in empty oil and gas deposits, thus preventing it from entering the atmosphere in the first place?
The right programme for you?
Along with your interest in technology and natural sciences, are you also enthusiastic about foreign cultures and would you like to have the opportunity to work in an international environment? Since the subject-specific lectures of the Geoenergy Engineering degree programme are held in English, you should be able to speak this language and be willing to learn. You’ll be fine with the fancy technical vocabulary. Do you see yourself here? Well then – it's a match!
What can you expect in the Geoenergy Engineering programme?
Geoenergy, Deep Drilling, Reservoir Simulations ... Got it?! No? Don't panic! Before you deal with all the relevant areas of Geoenergy Engineering, you will learn the basics in the first four semesters. So just chill – it’s not as bad as it seems. Once you've got a hang of the basics, you’ll be dealing with the exploration and characterisation of geological deposits (geosciences), the development and simulation of deposits (reservoir engineering), their development through deep drilling (drilling engineering) and the extraction and storage of energy (production engineering). At the end of your bachelor's degree, you will not only have the qualification for a further master's degree, you'll have a solid foundation for entering the energy sector.
In the subsequent Master's programme, you can choose from a variety of options and can concentrate on a specialisation depending on your interests. In the International Study Program in Petroleum Engineering, you can specialise in disciplines such as drilling, petroleum production and reservoir engineering.
The Master's programme in Geoenergy Engineering focuses on the energy use of the subsurface in a broader sense. This includes natural geothermal energy as an energy source and the subsurface as a reservoir for energy and CO2. There are also other Master's programmes you can study at the Montanuniversität Leoben, or at international partner universities, graduating with two degrees. If you are more interested in economic and technical challenges, the Master's programme Industrial Management and Business Administration is just right for you.
What can you expect after your course of study?
As a graduate of the Geoenergy Engineering degree programme, you are in demand at international companies in the energy industry, at public authorities and in research and development. You are trained to work on drilling and production facilities, plan production sites and evaluate deposits.
Pipeline and plant construction is one of your areas of expertise. You combine the conventional and alternative energy sectors, thus making a comprehensive contribution to the energy transition.