I'm an undergrad in Civil Engineering, is it possible to work in the field of Petroleum Engineering?

I was looking into going to graduate school for Petroleum Engineering after completing my undergrad degree in Civil Engineering but I’ve heard that you really don’t need a Master’s in PE to work as a Petroleum Engineer. Is that true? I would think so if you already hold an Bachelor’s in PE, but what about people who are CE, ME, ChemE, EE etc? Can someone offer some insight? Thanks.

One Response to “I'm an undergrad in Civil Engineering, is it possible to work in the field of Petroleum Engineering?”

  1. Mike Says:

    its not ideal, but it definitely can be done. if youre smart and can demonstrate a strong willingness to learn, i dont see any reason why a firm wouldnt at least consider you. I got my bachelors in materials engineering, but the work i do is geared towards chem Es. so to answer your question, it is absolutely possible to work in the petroleum industry. you just may have a more difficult time getting the job. think about it from a hiring managers stand point. say you had 3 candidate for the job. 2 of them are PE, but the civil E has a better personallity and GPA and references. its pretty much a no brainer. but if you’re all on par as far as grades/references/etc, then you might have a tougher time.