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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.


  • To our alumni, family, friends, and students in Houston: please know you are in our thoughts. Karen has been texting and emailing several people this past week, and we are happy to hear many of you are safe. If you have a moment, please send us a message or give us a call. We'd love to hear from you! Have a safe holiday weekend.

  • From the NMT side, the SPE Roswell Section and NMT Student Chapter will be collecting items to send to Houston. Our efforts begin on Tuesday, after we return from the holiday.

  • 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.

  • Congratulations to the NMT SPE Student Chapter, Winner of SPE's International Outstanding Student Chapter Award! The Chapter will be recognized during ATCE San Antonio. If you're going to be in San Antonio, the NMT Petroleum students will serve as Conference Greeters once again.

  • NMT SPE and AADE General Meeting. Friday, August 25. 5:30pm. WORKMAN 101. The Chapter will be discussing 2017-18 events. The Roswell Section Board will be on a panel to answer any questions students have.

  • NMT SPE 15th Annual 49ers Gold Rush Golf Scramble. Friday, October 20, 2017. Registration is open. We are currently working on an online registration system, but you are welcome to email or call Karen to sign up or sponsor.

  • SPE Roswell Section Wins the 2017 SPE International Gold Standard Award! The five-time award winning Section Board of Directors comprises of several NMT Alumni: Karen Hellinger (CLASS), JJ McGlasson (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).

  • SAVE THE DATE! Langdon B. Taylor Banquet. Friday April 20, 2018. The date and venue is set for 2018. Senior Design Presentations and the Langdon B. Taylor Banquet will be held on Friday, April 20. The Dr. Chen Classic will be held on Saturday, April 21. Details will be posted November 15.

  • Schedule of Events will be posted to the calendar.

  • Future Events 2017:2017 SPE ATCE San Antonio, Oct. 9-11. SPE 49ers Gold Rush Golf Scramble, Oct. 20. SPE NASS, Date and Location TBD. Langdon B. Taylor Banquet and Senior Design Presentations, Friday, April 20, 2018 Fidel Ballrooms.

  • 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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