NMT - New Mexico Tech New Mexico Tech Petroleum Engineering

The New Mexico Institute of
Mining and Technology

Department of Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering

New Mexico Tech has over 60 years' experience educating petroleum engineers, dating from the 1930's when we were known as the New Mexico School of Mines. Today, with the world's demand for oil still growing, we are at the forefront in petroleum education and technology. The high demand for trained petroleum engineers is projected to remain well into the 21st century. Starting salaries are among the highest for any field of engineering. Recent New Mexico Tech graduates with bachelor's degrees in petroleum engineering reported starting salaries of $85,000 and higher.


  • Online Resume Portal. Student resumes are posted on a secure site for viewing. If any company would like access, please contact Karen to receive personal login information.

  • Release forms: All petroleum students will be asked to sign a release form for various department and student chapter announcements (photos, resume posting, text system). Stop by the office or see a chapter officer.

  • Department and SPE schedule of events can be viewed on the Events page (under NMT SPE) and is also posted on the department calendar.

  • NMT SPE and AADE General Meeting. Thursday, October 6. 6:00pm. WORKMAN 101. Guest Speaker: David Gonzales, Bison. "Entrepreneurship and Leadership in the Oil and Gas Industry" Pizza and beverages provided. Information for the 2017 NASS trip will be discussed!

  • NMT SPE 14th Annual 49ers Gold Rush Golf Scramble. Friday, October 14, 2016. All deadlines extended to October 5.
    49ers Golf Tournament Brochure
    49ers Golf Tournament Registration

  • "Fractured" with Mark Mathis movie showing during 49ers. Thursday, October 13. 6:00-8:00pm. WORKMAN 101. FREE to the PUBLIC. Sponsored by Eric Angelos. THANK YOU, ERIC! Mark Mathis, film producer of "spOILed" and now "Fractured" will be on campus the night before the golf tournament to show "Fractured" and answer questions. Dvd's will also be for sale. Pre-show concessions sold by AADE. More details coming soon!

  • NMT Petroleum Engineering Department Student Paper Contest. Saturday, November 5. Seeking a lunch sponsor ($400) and Judges SPE student members will compete in the annual paper contest in the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. divisions. The top two winners of each division will advance to the SPE Regional Student Paper Contest, to be held Feb. 2, 2017, in Denver, CO.

  • NMT SPE and AADE General Meeting. Thursday, November 10. 6:00pm. WORKMAN 101. Guest Speaker: TBA. Pizza and beverages provided. Information TBD

  • SPE Roswell Section Wins the 2016 SPE International President's Award for Section Excellence for a 5th Year! The five-time award winning Section Board of Directors comprises of several NMT Alumni: Robert Balch (E&ES/Petroleum Adjunct), Karen Balch (CLASS), JJ McGlasson (Petroleum Engineering), Kyle Pettigrew (Petroleum Engineering), Deb Ingalls (Engineering Management), Eric Angelos (Petroleum Engineering), William Ampomah (Petroleum Engineering), and Jianjia Yu (Petroleum Engineering); other board members from the industry include John Maxey (Maxey Engineering LLC), Bruce Stubbs (Armstrong Energy), and Ron Curtis (M&R Trucking), and Kyle Alpers (Armstrong Energy). The Section will receive their award during the President's Luncheon at ATCE Dubai in September.

  • SAVE THE DATE! Langdon B. Taylor Banquet. Friday April 21, 2017. The date and venue is set for 2017. Senior Design Presentations and the Langdon B. Taylor Banquet will be held on Friday, April 21. The Dr. Chen Classic will be held on Saturday, April 22. Details will be posted in November.

  • Schedule of Events will be posted to the calendar.

  • Future Events 2016:Senior Design, Thursday, December 1; 2017 SPE North America Student Symposium: NMT SPE is co-hosting the event with CSM and UT Austin Chapters. More information will be posted October 17.

  • SPRING 2016 NEWSLETTER has arrived!

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Award Recognition:

- Meeting Tomorrow's Energy Challenges Today -

   As a modern petroleum engineer, you'll be expected to perform interdisciplinary activities in the areas of drilling, production, formation evaluation, and reservoir engineering. Accordingly, we have designed New Mexico Tech's program to train you in many areas: geology, hydraulics, engineering mechanics, thermodynamics, physical chemistry, and economics.

   The Petroleum Engineering department places particular emphasis on giving you "hands-on" experience as well as classroom education. In four modern laboratories, you'll gain practical experience with drilling fluids, well completions, formation evaluation, and reservoir engineering.

   An industry consortium sponsors projects in the area of reservoir characterization and simulation, and our students work and interact directly with industry operations and research staff. In addition, engineers and geoscientists from Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories often work with the Petroleum Engineering department. The Petroleum Recovery Research Center (PRRC) is located on campus and is well known in the industry as a research leader in advanced techniques of improved petroleum recovery. Researchers from the PRRC interact extensively with the Petroleum Engineering department.

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Last Updated: 9/30/2016