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Petroleum engineering

Petroleum engineers work with oil and gas. Petroleum engineers are involved in things like finding the best location for drilling new wells and operating oil and gas plants.


Petroleum engineers deal with taking oil and gas from petroleum sites, called reserves or reservoirs.

Petroleum engineers:

  • Design and watch over the development of an oil well
  • Figure out how to build a pipelines that move gas from Alberta to other parts of Canada and the United States
  • Figure out how to clean-up oil spills and other potential environmental contamination caused by extracting oil and gas from the Earth
  • Figure out how to clean- up oil spills and other damage to the environment caused by removing oil from the Earth

In your community

A number of Aboriginal communities lie near existing or untapped oil and gas reserves. As land claims are settled, the communities in those areas will require the expertise of petroleum engineers in order to make good decisions about what to do with the oil reserves.

If you like...

  • Problem solving
  • Being creative
  • Exploring the Earth
  • Making discoveries
  • Working with people
  • Helping the environment

...you might like Petroleum Engineering!

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