Fossil fuels play a decisive role in determining our current energy supply and can only be replaced over a very long period of time. The climate crisis, however, demands rapid alternatives. The challenges for you as a future Geoenergy Engineer are therefore great - but it can be done 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 subsurface. This includes "clean" decarbonised fossil energies, the alternative energy source geothermal energy, as well as the large-scale storage of hydrogen from surplus renewable energy. This makes 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 reservoirs, and thus preventing it from entering the atmosphere in the first place?
Requirements and interests: what we are looking for
In addition to 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 in Geoenergy Engineering are held in English, you should be able to speak the language and be willing to learn.
Geoenergy Engineering: What to expect
Geoenergy, Deep Drilling, Reservoir Simulations... Got it?! No? Don't panic!
Before you deal with all relevant areas of Geoenergy Engineering, you will first learn the basics in the first four semesters. After that, you will deal 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, but also a solid basis for entering the energy sector.
In the subsequent master's programme, you can choose from a variety of options and can select a focus depending on your interests. In the International Study Programme 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. Montanuniversität also offers other master's programmes where you can study in Leoben as well as at international partner universities and graduate with two degrees. If you are more interested in economic-technical challenges, the master's programme Industrial Management and Business Administration may be exciting for you.
Following your studies: what to expect
As a graduate of Geoenergy Engineering, you will be 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 and can thus make a comprehensive contribution to the energy transition.