Information for high school students

Petroleum Engineers are concerned with finding and recovering oil and gas, but they are also involved in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the secure storage of carbon dioxide and the production of geothermal energy. They apply knowledge of chemistry, physics, geology and economics to the discovery, development and production of energy resources beneath the Earth's surface. A Petroleum Engineer is an expert at solving problems and designing technologies that are kilometres below the Earth's surface.

Bachelor of Petroleum Engineering at a glance

Our four-year Bachelor of Petroleum Engineering program features studies in physics, chemistry, mathematics, geology, economics and other specialist petroleum engineering topics. You can combine the degree with Commerce, Science, Advanced Science, Advanced Mathematics, Law or Music.

Practical, industry-relevant content: In first year, students take field trips, hear lectures from oil industry professionals and join a team working on a hands-on design project

Industrial training: Students spend at least 12 weeks working in industry putting the theory they have learned into practice and becoming work-ready

Great job opportunities: Our students usually have jobs by the time they graduate and can expect to earn some of the highest starting salaries offered to graduate engineers. They have some fantastic opportunities to work in remote and exotic locations around the world

Transferable set of skills: Many engineers migrate to management, banking, and other careers using the technical skills they learn from Engineering

Below you’ll find some insider information on the outreach events on offer throughout the year, choosing the right subjects at high school, fees and lots of other useful information.