Petroleum Engineering

James Downing

"The Department of Petroleum Engineering provides students with certifications that are needed to begin immediately working in the industry, exposing students to a variety of software applications that are used industry-wide, hands-on laboratories, and regular tours to rigs and other oil and gas-related facilities. I'm leaving the program with the skills and knowledge I need to have a successful career in oil and gas.”

Meet James Downing, petroleum engineering major

You should major in petroleum engineering if:

  • You want a degree with one of the highest starting salaries in the industry.
  • You want to help solve the world’s energy challenges.
  • You want opportunities to work in multi-billion-dollar deepwater drilling projects.
  • You want to travel to other countries as part of project teams.

Power the world with your degree in petroleum engineering.

UL Lafayette petroleum engineering majors get hands-on training in drilling, well control, reservoir engineering, petroleum production, geology, natural gas, and petrophysical analysis. With these skills, you’ll make valuable contributions to the global petroleum industry.

Petroleum Engineering at UL Lafayette

What's Petroleum Engineering Like?

  • Lab work & research
    Rated 3 out of 3
  • Group work & collaboration
    Rated 3 out of 3
  • Writing & communication
    Rated 2 out of 3
  • Internships
    Rated 2 out of 3
  • Field trips, on-site tours & rig tours
    Rated 2 out of 3

Life as a Petroleum Engineering Major