Oil & Gas Engineering

What is oil and gas engineering?

The use of hydrocarbons underpin our modern society, from the cars we drive to the plastics and chemicals we produce, and the energy we use for cooking and heating. Oil and gas engineers work in a variety of areas associated with hydrocarbon exploration and extraction, including drilling, pumping and piping, reservoir management and processing.

The Bachelor of Oil and Gas Engineering (Hons) ensures graduates are specialised extraction experts, with a strong knowledge of the full value chain and alternative fuels.

Oil and gas engineers require the application of mathematics, physics, physical science, computer aided modelling, and environmental management to be able to manage the safe and economic extraction of hydrocarbons.

Why study oil and gas engineering?

Do you like chemistry and geology? Do you have a commitment to technical excellence? Have you got an interest in the natural environment around you? Chances are if you have answered yes to any of these questions, oil and gas engineering may be an enjoyable career path for you.

The Bachelor of Oil and Gas Engineering (Hons) was established with significant industry support from our Foundation Sponsors Woodside Energy Ltd. It is the only Group of Eight oil and gas engineering degree in Victoria and Tasmania.

What do oil and gas engineers do?

Oil and gas engineers work in a variety of areas associated with petroleum exploration and extraction. Typically, an oil and gas engineer specialises in one area, but needs to be mindful of the entire process since the engineering and production components work together. Areas of specialisation include drilling, production and reservoir management.

As a oil and gas engineer you will have a diverse range of potential career paths that include:

  • Production Engineer
  • Reservoir Engineer
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Specialist
  • Drilling Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Reservoir Engineer
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Specialist
  • Drilling Engineer
"Innovative resources people for tomorrow's world"

Studying oil and gas engineering at Monash

Monash oil and gas engineering graduates are job-ready and have a unique applied engineering skill set. They are also unique in their understanding of sustainable energy solutions through the study of unconventional resources development.

Oil and gas engineering is a specialisation within the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons). After completing the common first year, geological engineering students will enter another shared second year with resources engineering students (mining, geological and renewable energy). A final decision regarding the exit degree award does not need to be made until the end of second year. Up until this time students can transfer freely between each of the four resources engineering degrees.

Industry links

The Faculty of Engineering is proud to work closely with our industry partners MMG, Newcrest, Orica and the CSIRO to deliver the Bachelor of Oil and Gas Engineering (Hons). Students benefit from strong industry links through scholarships, seminars, industry projects and summer work opportunities.

Specialised subjects students complete

  • Fixed Plant Engineering
  • Sediments and Basins
  • Geomechanics
  • Project, Risk and Safety Management
  • Resource Estimation
  • Applied Geophysics
  • Drilling and well completion
  • Process Control
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Production Engineering
  • Numerical Modelling
  • Production and Development Planning
  • Unconventional Resources