Everything began in a land before our times. Today’s foremost energy carrier emerged from plankton and plants: petroleum. The “black gold” has become a constant companion – as fuel, within polystyrene, in flooring, cosmetic products, medicine, or as synthetic fibre in our clothing.
In addition to identifying, exploring and efficiently using repositories, petroleum engineers develop innovative technologies and processes in the energy sector. Their expertise also contributes to enhancing geothermal heat as an alternative power source or the large-scale storage of surplus renewable energy, in order to provide sustainable energy around the clock. And: did you know CO2 can be pumped into “empty” repositories, preventing it from reaching the atmosphere in the first place?
Requirements and interests: what we are looking for
Besides your interests in technology and natural sciences, you are excited about foreign cultures and ready to join international teams. As subject-specific lectures for the Petroleum Engineering degree programme are held in English, you should enjoy speaking that language and be ready to improve your language skills. Does this sound like you? Well, go for it!
During your studies: what to look forward to
Deep drilling, petroleum production, reservoir engineering – there is a lot of complex stuff to deal with! But don’t worry: before engaging with the various aspects of petroleum and natural gas technology, you are set to cover the basics in a 4-semester foundation course. You will then focus on the exploration of petroleum and natural gas deposits (geosciences), the examination and simulation of reservoirs (reservoir engineering), exploitation through drilling (drilling engineering), as well as processing and storing (production engineering). The latter three – Reservoir Engineering, Drilling Engineering and Production Engineering – are also specialisation tracks for the ensuing Master’s programmes. A fourth master’s track is Geothermal Engineering, with a focus on the use of geothermal heat as an energy source. In addition, two master’s degrees offer joint programmes between Montanuniversität and two Russian universities. For yet another degree programme, you go back and forth between Montanuniversität a university in the US. In case you want to specialise in dealing with economic challenges, the master’s programme in Industrial Management and Business Administration is the right choice for you.
Following your studies: what to expect
As a Petroleum Engineering graduate, you are trained to serve on drilling rigs and production sites. You are also equipped to design production facilities, evaluate repositories, or build pipelines and plants. Furthermore, renewable energies offer an increasingly relevant sector for employment.