B.Tech Chemical Engineering with Specialization in Petrochemical Engineering is a 4-year undergraduate degree course. The admission eligibility asks for a pass in 12th grade with a minimum of 50% marks taken together in Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry.

"It is a specialized branch of Chemical Engineering that deals with the production and refining of petroleum, natural gases, and crude oils. The course takes up four years for completion or in some cases three and half years, depending on the internship".

There is a rising demand for petroleum engineers, at all levels, from both the public and private sector companies and organizations. This clearly shows the innumerable career opportunities in the field of petroleum engineering. The field is always in short supply of qualified entry-level professionals, making it one of the most reliable fields of engineering.

Duration: 4 Years

Eligibility:

10+2 with 50% marks or more (Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics)

Selection Procedure:

JNU-JEST / JEE Mains + PI

Syllabus

Programme Outcome

Curriculum

  • Subjects - I Year

    English
    Engineering Maths-I
    Engineering Physics-I
    Engineering Chemistry-I
    Introduction to IT
    Fundamentals of Electrical Science
    Environmental Studies
    Engineering Maths-II
    Engineering Physics -II
    Engineering Chemistry-II
    Programming and Problem Solving using "___" Language
    Introduction to IT
    Fundamentals of Electronics
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Subjects - II Year

    Mathematics-III
    Advance Engineering Chemistry
    Fluid Mechanics
    Chemical Process Calculations
    Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics-I
    Constitution of India
    Advance Engineering Chemistry Lab
    Fluid Mechanics Lab
    Simulation Lab using MATLAB Lab
    Technical Report Writing & Seminar
    Fluid Particle Mechanics
    Mass Transfer Operation-I
    Industrial Pollution Monitoring & Control
    Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics-II
    Heat Transfer Operation
    Entrepreneurship Development
    Introduction to Petrochemical Technology
    Fluid Particle Mechanics Lab
    Mass Transfer Operation-I Lab
    Industrial Pollution Monitoring & Control Lab
    Heat Transfer Operation Lab
  • Subjects - III Year

    Process Dynamics Instrumentation & Control
    Chemical Reaction Engineering-I
    Mass Transfer Operation-II
    Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering
    Polymer Science & Technology
    Fertilizer Technology
    Pulp & Paper Technology
    Petrochemical & Allied Products
    Process Dynamics Instrumentation & Control Lab
    Mass Transfer Operation-II Lab
    Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering Lab
    Chemical Reaction Engineering-II
    Transport Phenomena
    Petroleum Refining Engineering- I
    Chemical Technology
    Introduction to Nanotechnology
    Process Modeling & Simulation
    Advance Separation Techniques
    Alternate Fuels & Energy Resources
    Chemical Reaction Engineering
    Design Lab
    Petroleum Refining Engineering - II
    Chemical Technology
  • Subjects - IV Year

    Process Plant Design & Economics
    Process Equipment Design
    Bioprocess Engineering
    Food Technology
    Petrochemical Technology
    Hazards, Safety & Risk Analysis
    Novel Separation Techniques
    Rubber Science & Technology
    Petrochemical Reactor Design
    Practical Training & Seminar
    Capstone Project

 

Career Prospects

Employment of petroleum engineers is projected to grow a minimum of 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, in engineering and others. Oil and natural gas prices will be a major determinant of employment growth. As many petroleum engineers work in oil and gas extraction, any changes in oil prices will likely affect employment levels of petrochemical engineers.

Inflation in prices can cause oil and gas companies to drill in deeper waters and in less hospitable environments and return to existing wells to experiment new extraction methods. Oil drilling operations will likely become more complex in the upcoming future and will require more engineers to work on each drilling operation. Demand for petroleum engineers in support activities for mining will slowly climb, as oil and gas companies find it convenient and cost-effective to seek their services when the need arises.

There are various industries that offer a potential career for Petrochemical engineers. A few of them are:

  • Oil and gas extraction
  • Support activities for mining
  • Educational Institutes
  • Management of company and enterprises
  • Petroleum and coal products manufacturing
  • Engineering Services
  • Material Scientists
  • Sales Engineers

The salary for engineers specialized in Petrochemical Engineering varies from INR 3, 60,000 to INR 4, 80,000 in India, where the demand is normal. However, abroad the demand for petroleum engineers very high and the salary package amounts to a good number. Petroleum Engineers can get themselves employed in various fields suiting to their specialization and interest and get promoted from trainees and work independently on various projects.

Petrochemical Engineering: What is it About?

The term petrochemical refers to the organic chemicals which are obtained directly or indirectly from crude petroleum. It is the task of a petrochemical engineer to discover and extract these natural sources of oil, from the earth, refine them and make it usable. Petroleum engineering can be broken down into two major parts, the upstream sector, and the downstream sector.

The upstream sector comprises of exploration, production, and exploitation of oil and natural gases whereas the downstream sector deals with refining, marketing, and distribution of the various petroleum products. The refining process is crucial for an oil product as then only it can be used.

Petrochemical Engineering: Who should opt?

Any student with a passion for science, chemistry, in particular, having an interest in the field of engineering can choose this stream of engineering as a profession. Young engineers who have the ability to think outside the box and a keen eye for details and challenging jobs would make efficient in the field of Petrochemical Engineering. A job profile that lets you solve problems no one knew existed. The truth, however, is that you are pushing back the edge of science and solving problems that never existed before.

With the development of new technology every passing day, Chemical Engineering with specialization in Petrochemical Engineering has become prominent in the processes of extraction and refinement and marketing of petroleum products. The improvements in the techniques of computer modeling, the application of statistics, probability analysis, and the development of new innovative technologies like horizontal drilling and enhanced oil recovery, have also improved the toolbox of the petroleum engineer in recent decades. The demand for petrochemical engineers is always high and there is always a shortage of talented engineers.  The upcoming refinery project will require large number of specialists. This is a branch with forward and backward linkages to major industries across multiple sectors.