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Sunday, 01 May 2011 23:06

Becoming a petroleum engineer is not an easy task but the reward is even bigger since that is the highest paying major in university. When you get the bachelor degree in petroleum engineering you can easily get $80k for a starting wage and if you decide to work in a field you can make even more. However before you will be able to make that kind of money you need to go through four years of extremely hard engineering courses. If you are taking petroleum engineering only because of the money and you struggled in school with math or calculus then you will probably never get through those four years. Another challenge of engineering is keeping you GPA high and if say for example you were able to pull 3.8 in high school, then don’t be surprised if you will only be able to get 2.5 in university. If you are ready for all those challenges then keep on reading.

The courses required to get into petroleum engineering are similar for all other engineering majors. That is means that you need Chemistry, Math, Calculus, English and Physics. Most universities require you to have at least 80% average on those 5 courses to just get in. During the first year in university you will have the same courses as all other engineering students. To get in petroleum engineering you need to get decent grades in a first year, otherwise you might end up going to some other engineering field. The grades required to get in petroleum engineering vary from year to year and mostly depend on number of students who want to get into the field. Luckily general public was scared by popular media which always reminds us that we will run out of oil and therefore number of students applying into petroleum engineering is relatively low.

After you finally got into petroleum engineering you will have three more years if you are lucky or if not you might need to stay in university for extra year. To avoid taking fifth year you may want to consider taking some classes during spring and summer to have easier load during fall and winter. The best advice I can give you to pass all your courses is to make friends with students who are taking higher courses than you and this way you will always have somebody to ask for help. You also will be able to learn on other people’s mistakes instead of yours. Another benefit of being friends with somebody who took the course before is that you will have access to previous assignments, tests and midterms and believe me it will you help big time.

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