Counselling Code : B.E, M.E - 2731

B.E. Petrochemical Engineering

B.E. Petrochemical Engineering

Duration :
4 years, 8 main semesters including practical laboratory with 1 main project in the 8th semester.
Intake :
60 students. Only one intake per year, every year in the month of May/June.

Entry Requirements :

Undergraduate Program - B.E Petrochemical Engineering

Course Overview

Petrochemical engineering is a specialized branch of Chemical Engineering which deals with the operations of refining and petrochemical technology. The term petrochemical refers to the organic chemicals which are obtained directly or indirectly from crude petroleum. It is the task of the petrochemical engineers to discover natural sources of oil, extract them from the earth, refine them and make it usable. Petroleum engineering can be divided into two parts, upstream sector and downstream sector. The upstream sector activities include exploration, production and exploitation of oil and natural gases. The downstream sector consist activities such as the refining, marketing and distributing of petroleum products. Refining process is crucial for an oil product as then only it can be used.

Petrochemical engineers mainly have needs in refineries, petrochemical plants as well as downstream petroleum industries and R & D Organizations.

Core Subjects:

The core subject of Petrochemical Engineering are as follows:

  • Chemical Process Calculations
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Heat Transfer
  • Mass Transfer
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Transport Phenomena

Course Breakup

Job profiles:

The petrochemical engineers can work as petroleum geologists, reservoir engineers, production engineers, drilling engineers among several other profiles. Petrochemical engineers work in a variety of industries, alongside scientists, mathematicians and administrators. The majority of their work revolves around using creative and analytical thinking to come up with new or more cost-effective processes for producing products. Some of the daily tasks include:

  • Designing and managing petrochemical processing plants
  • Supervising technicians and engineers within the plant
  • Designing and operating environmental control systems
  • Determining cost-effective processes for commercial production
  • Working within an office, industrial plant or lab setting.
Top Recruiters

The top recruiters in this field are as follows:

  • Geo Enpro Petroleum Ltd.
  • Reliance Petrochemicals
  • Oil India Ltd.
  • Shell Technology Ltd.
  • Essar Oil
  • Geometric Ltd.
  • Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.
Salary package:

The average package for fresher will be Rs. 15,000 per month. The package for Diploma holders varies from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 12,000 per month. Senior engineers earn between Rs 30,000 and Rs 50,000 per month in India. But this emerging field has the vast job opportunities in Abroad. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median yearly wages of materials scientists (including petrochemical engineers) were Rs.48,26,030.00 per annum in May of 2009. The middle 50% earned between Rs.35,87,925.90 and Rs.61,80,684.00. Meanwhile the lowest 10% of forensic science technicians earned less than Rs.26,33,582 while the top 90% earned more than Rs.75,58,176.00 per annum. In Gulf countries, their salary range is little high based on its money value.