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STEMtistic: Why Engineering Pays Off

Author: ; Published: Feb 28, 2013; Category: Energy Education, Engineering Careers; Tags: , , , , , ; Comments: Comments Off

This week’s blog is courtesy of Do you have students interested in engineering as a career? From a financial perspective, there are many benefits to STEM and pursuing a career in the many engineering disciplines. Read why below.


The median annual earnings of an engineer with a bachelor’s degree are $75,000.

In fact, 8 of the top 10 majors associated with the highest median earnings per year are in engineering:

  • Petroleum engineering: $120,000
  • Pharmacy sciences and administration: $105,000
  • Mathematics and computer science: $98,000
  • Aerospace engineering: $87,000
  • Chemical engineering: $86,000
  • Electrical engineering: $85,000
  • Naval architecture and marine engineering: $82,000
  • Mechanical engineering: $80,000
  • Metallurgical engineering: $80,000
  • Mining and mineral engineering: $80,000


Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (2011). New Report on the Economic Value of 171 College Majors Links College Majors to Earnings. [Press release]. Retrieved from See also Carnevale, A.P., Melton, M. and Strohl, J (2011). What’s It Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

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Students Explore STEM Careers With Interactive Game

Author: ; Published: Dec 21, 2012; Category: Energy Education, Engineering Careers; Tags: , , ; Comments: Comments Off


One of the foundational aspects of teaching is to find what students are good at, harness it, then expose them to opportunities that align with those talents. We came across a cool site,, that will assist you with your students regarding careers. iON Future lets students explore STEM careers, find the ones that best match their interests and then play their way to their dream STEM future – all in a fun, engaging, exciting way.


Share the exploration game with your students, then come back, tell us how it was received and about some of the popular careers selected!

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Magic and a Whole Lot of Learning!

Author: ; Published: May 8, 2012; Category: Classroom materials, Energy Education, Engineering Careers; Tags: , , , ; Comments: Comments Off

By Marva Morrow, Educational Consultant

Question: What happens when 200 students and 100 science teachers converge on the exhibition of 2,500 companies representing 46 countries, including 200 new exhibitors and many from Bahrain, Hungary, Israel, Lithuania and New Zealand, to name a few?

On Thursday, 3 May 2012, Houston-area high school students and science teachers attended the Offshore Technology Conference’s Energy Education Institute to learn more and provide depth about the oil and gas industry.

Educators from the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) led hands-on science experiments showing how science and math relate to real-life applications in the industry. Students were then led on tours of the exhibit floor by volunteers from BP’s Challenge program. The young professionals hopped right into the experiments with the high school students and made the activities come alive. While touring the exhibits,  an ”Interactive Energy Scavenger Hunt” took place, along with the opportunities to ask questions of industry professionals and view the amazing new offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection. This prompted one student, Nathan Spann, a senior at Rosehill Christian School to make his career choice on the spot, by exclaiming that he’d like to be a petroleum engineer!

Simultaneously, science and math teachers representing grades 4-12 were being instructed by NEED receiving comprehensive, objective information about the scientific concepts of energy and its global significance. Teachers even received a variety of free instructional materials to take back to their classrooms.

Raynell Vallejo, a teacher from Klein Forest High School said, “This is such a wonderful opportunity for our students. The oil and gas industry offers such a variety of career opportunities for our students.”

“Next year, I intend to incorporate the experiments and discussion concepts of how, for example, porosity and density are related to the oil and natural gas industry into my physics class,” said Jennifer Thomas, math and physics teacher from Rosehill Christian School. “We are a Houston based school and a lot of our students will become employed by the oil and gas industry. I’m excited to bring this information to our younger students, also, to educate them on these topics and careers for them to consider.”

 And, that’s what happens when learning becomes relevant!

BP sponsored the high school STEM event and Exxon Mobile sponsored the teacher workshop— making these educational experiences possible!

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Why Petroleum Engineering? Better Job Opportunities!

Author: ; Published: Apr 12, 2012; Category: Energy Education, Engineering Careers; Tags: , , , , , ; Comments: Comments Off

Looking to cash in on some of the opportunities the shale gas industry now affords, students are taking up a major in petroleum engineering. A petroleum engineer “understands the drilling aspects, he understands the reservoir management. Whereas the oil and gas industry used to rely on a patchwork of skills from civil, chemical and mechanical engineers, companies are increasingly in search of trained petroleum engineers who specialize in oil field operations,” said Steve Benson, chairman of the North Dakota University Department of Petroleum Engineering. “They’re just equipped well.”

When students in the major are not available, oil and gas firms will look to recruit from other engineering disciplines, but petroleum engineering is quickly becoming a requirement in the field.

“There are a few exceptions where other engineering disciplines such as chemical, mechanical or civil might be considered with training, but by and large, a petroleum engineering degree is preferred,” said Steve Woodhead, manager of university affairs for Chevron Corp.

To meet industry needs, many of the nation’s existing engineering programs are expanding their course offerings, faculty numbers and class sizes. After graduating, petroleum engineering students are well-positioned to earn a starting salary between $80,000 and $100,000, depending on the company. According to Pay Scale on 6 April 2012, the national salary data information tells us Petroleum Engineers total pay range is from 61,559- $199,961. Currently, 92% of petroleum engineers are males and females make up 8%.

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Sources: Pamela King, E&E reporter

Published: Monday, March 19, 2012

Pay Scale Research; Petroleum Engineer Salary, Updated: 6 Apr 2012

First Annual “New Faces of Engineering College Edition” Winners!

Author: ; Published: Dec 6, 2011; Category: Education outreach, Energy Education, Engineering Careers, SPE members, Technology, Volunteering; Tags: , , , , , , , , ; Comments: Comments Off

Moustafa Ezzat

The National Engineers Week Foundation and partners honor top college engineering students by recognizing the most promising engineering professionals of tomorrow with their first annual New Faces of Engineering College Edition program.

Fifteen engineering students in their third, fourth, or fifth year were selected. Winners are recognized for academic excellence, leadership within student organizations, outstanding communication skills, non-engineering related community service and involvement in the engineering industry.

Moustafa Ezzat, a 5th year student from the British University in Egypt and student member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), was among the winners.

Since 2003, National Engineers Week Foundation has honored young engineering professionals with its New Faces of Engineering award.  This is the first year the popular initiative has expanded to recognize the best and brightest college engineering students.

Congratulations Moustafa Ezzat!

New Faces of Engineering College Edition is live on Facebook (  The page provides a source of academic and professional development opportunities available to students from National Engineers Week Foundation’s engineering association, university, and corporate partners.  Students can meet with their engineering peers in every field and learn about other events, internships, jobs, competitions, engineering associations and more.

Funding for New Faces of Engineering College Edition is provided by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). For more information, visit

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