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.

  • Apache Hosts NMT Students in a Recent Field Trip.

  • Students- NMT has officially swtiched over to Google/Gmail! Be sure to check your spam filters, especially for announcements that come from the NMT SPE Student Chapter. Emails from the department will begin mid to late July.

  • 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 4th of July Fundraiser.Student volunteers are needed throughout the day. Stop by the big tent near Macey Center to purchase a hot dog or hamburger from SPE. This year's fundraiser will help with the cost to travel to Midland, TX, for the Liquids-Rich Basins Conference. Additional field trips are also planned.

  • New Student (and Families) Welcome BBQ, Sunday August 21, 11:00am-1:00pm. Location TBA. New petroleum engineering students, and their families, are invited to the Department's Welcome BBQ. Meet current students, staff and faculty. Sign up for an SPE membership or renew your membership and get a free t-shirt! The SPE Roswell Section Officers will be available to help with the membership drive.

  • NMT SPE 14th Annual 49ers Gold Rush Golf Scramble. Friday, October 14, 2016. Details will be posted in early July.

  • 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:SPE 2016 Liquids-Rich Basins Conference (replaces ATCE Dubai), September.

  • SPRING 2016 NEWSLETTER has arrived!

  • We're on Facebook! "Like" the New Mexico Tech Petroleum Engineering Department page.

  • Follow us on Twitter! @NMTPetroEngDept

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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