About Petroleum Engineering
Internationally recognized as one of the top petroleum engineering schools in the country, the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering is the largest department on the TU campus with an enrollment of more than 500 students. Our mission is to provide a high-quality educational experience that prepares each graduate either to work in the petroleum industry or to pursue an advanced petroleum engineering degree. The school offers many research opportunities with 21 existing consortia and joint industry projects that are supported by some of the world’s top energy firms.
While striving to teach a balanced curriculum, the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering is committed to discovery of new concepts and technologies in the areas of drilling, production and reservoir engineering.
Oil and gas provides more than 60 percent of the world’s energy supply, and with increasing prosperity, energy demand is expected to increase. As young petroleum engineers, TU alumni have the opportunity to advance faster than those in any other engineering field. Many of our graduates have established competitive careers at some of today’s leading energy companies. Ninety-five percent of our petroleum engineering alumni find employment within six months after graduation. The average starting salary is more than $90,000, and experienced executive positions pay close to $300,000.
Petroleum engineering is a technology-driven, outdoor industry that often requires travel to remote areas of the world. Our graduates plan and supervise drilling and well operations as well as evaluate and manage oil and natural gas reservoirs. With so many career options domestically and oversees, alumni also are qualified to work in consulting, independent oil production, or in the environmental prevention and control of petroleum waste. More than 40 international and domestic oil and gas exploration and production companies, along with international and domestic service companies, actively recruit alumni from the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering.