Petroleum Engineering

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Petroleum engineering investigates the extraction of oil and gas from the earth, fuel processing methods and environmental & safety issues. Petroleum engineering can also be classified under chemical engineering because it involves chemical reaction as well. However, it has outgrown the sub-field mold to build its own field of CAREER INFOstudy, mostly because humans are dependent on fuel on a daily basis making it an essential and valuable commodity.


Your options to study Engineering, no matter the specialization is generally the same. Find out more here: Academic qualifications to study Engineering in Malaysia.

Subject Focus


  • English
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Additional Mathematics


  • English
  • Geology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Calculus
  • Computer Science and Programming
Personality Type

Want to be part of an elite group? Does oil exploration sound enticing for you?  If so, Petroleum Engineering may be for you.

These personality type codes serve ONLY as a guideline and can be taken with a pinch of salt. Always consult with your school counsellor or ask our experts for further guidance!

Myers-Briggs: ISTJ, ESTJ, INTP, ENTJ

These types all share the Thinking preference (T), or a preference for objective decision making as opposed to taking into account personal values in making decisions.

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Holland Vocational Code: RIE (Realistic, Investigative, Enterprising)

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info

Major companies active in Malaysia’s oil and gas industry include:

  • Petronas
  • ExxonMobil
  • Shell

Work Environment:

Most of the times will be spent in front of the computer, in meetings, or giving presentations. During/before operations, there will be opportunities to travel, either to supply base, service contractors’ warehouse(s), and the drilling rig itself.



RM 2,000 to 4,000 (for non-national companies)


MYR 15,000 to 25,000 (5 – 10 years of experience).

Additional allowance for offshore stay is usually provided.

Job Demand

In Malaysia:

As the demand for new energy processes and resources continues to increase, so does the demand for petroleum engineers. With many current engineers approaching retirement, there is opportunity for fast advancement.

The Malaysian oil and gas industry is getting stronger than ever. Firms in this industry have clinched over RM22.18 billion in new business opportunities overseas. These opportunities are in the oil and gas exploration, fabrication of oil and gas structures as well as shipbuilding and offshore support.


In 2007, Malaysia became a member of The Washington Accord, which recognises experienced professional engineers represented by responsible bodies. The Washington Accord is a small group of signatories that have agreed to mutually recognise accredited engineering programmes. Members of The Washington Accord are Hong Kong, South Africa, Japan, Singapore, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, UK, Ireland, Taipei, Korea, Malaysia and Turkey.

Click this link to view the list of accredited engineering programmes in Malaysia.

Becoming Professional

Becoming a professional:

The Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), The Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) and Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia (ACEM) develop and use the EMF Register as a secure benchmark that allows a professional engineer to be recognised or exempted from licensing or registration in other countries (other than that in which they first gained recognition).

Eligibility for admission to EMF International Register of Professional Engineers Register is limited only to engineers who have completed an accredited or recognised engineering programme, registered with the Board of Engineers Malaysia and is a corporate member of the IEM who is capable of independent practice.

To qualify for the registration, a candidate must:

  • be a Professional Engineer registered with the Board of Engineers Malaysia and/or a Corporate Member with the Institution of Engineers Malaysia.
  • have seven years experience after graduation in a recognised engineering discipline.
  • have two years experience in responsible charge of significant work (may be obtained within the seven years experience).
  • have maintained their continuing professional development at a satisfactory level.

Useful links:
Society of Petroleum Engineers

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