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Petroleum Engineering Department

Welcome to the Department of Petroleum Engineering!

Petroleum engineers are involved in all facets of oil exploration and development, from identifying and characterizing the reservoir through drilling and completion to production. Petroleum engineers also find new ways to extract oil and gas from older wells. We offer courses that prepare students for careers in petroleum and energy-resource fields. Our state-of-the-art facilities and equipment provide higher levels of research capabilities. Our award-winning faculty create innovative and rigorous research opportunities for graduate students.


Why Petroleum Engineering?

  • Petroleum engineering jobs are projected to grow 10 percent by 2024.
  • The average starting salary for Petroleum Engineering graduates is the highest of all the engineering majors ($76,416). See the college’s Career Services Resources page.
  • Petroleum engineers work in the upstream oil and gas industries around the world as reservoir engineers, drilling engineers and production engineers.
  • The average annual salary for petroleum engineers was $128,230 in 2016.
  • Our state-of-the-art equipment provides higher levels of research capabilities and our award-winning faculty create innovative and rigorous research opportunities for graduate students.
  • Thanks to U.S. predominance in petroleum technology, career opportunities are available all over the world.


Request a tour of the new Drilling & Completions Simulator Lab

Department News

Upcoming Department Events


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PETE Grad Students Coffee Hour TBA


Spring 2020 Graduate Seminar Speaker Schedule - coming soon!

Engineering Bldg. 3070 @ 1:20 p.m. on Thursdays

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EN 4015
Dept. 3295
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4258

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