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Which engineering degree is best to do if you want to go into Oil and Gas . Highest salary engineering. Would Mechanical Engineering be suitable? Or Mechanical & Electrical Engineering?
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Which engineering degree is best to do if you want to go into Oil and Gas . Highest salary engineering. Would Mechanical Engineering be suitable? Or Mechanical & Electrical Engineering?
Hey Fran78 Some courses may offer you a chance to specialise in Oil & Gas as part of the degree. I know our friends at the University of Aberdeen offer Petroleum Engineering, and also a degree in Engineering that specialises in Mechanical with Oil and Gas Studies too. Their location on the East coast of Scotland is ideal for that sort of degree. Keep an eye out for degrees like that if you know that's what you want to do!

I do think Mechanical/Mechanical & Electrical Engineering are totally suitable options too if you prefer the course content you see in those. A member of my family studied Mechanical Engineering with us at Strathclyde and is now working in Oil & Gas They went straight from university in to a graduate role.

Hope that helps a bit! Drop me a message if I can help with anything else.
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Mechanical engineering will be better because the specialist topics that you would cover in a mech degree but not a mech and elec degree are relevant to that field. Chemical engineering is a more relevant discipline than either.

That said, choosing to go into O&G these days is an odd choice. It's a dwindling and unreliable sector with a bad reputation, so very few people choose it. This is likely going to accelerate as Oil and Gas companies move to offshore hydrogen production over the next decade which is aimed at being an even more automated process.
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Which engineering degree is best to do if you want to go into Oil and Gas . Highest salary engineering. Would Mechanical Engineering be suitable? Or Mechanical & Electrical Engineering?
Choose whichever discipline you're most interested in and then look for jobs in that discipline - or relevant to that degree - in the industry.
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Which engineering degree is best to do if you want to go into Oil and Gas . Highest salary engineering. Would Mechanical Engineering be suitable? Or Mechanical & Electrical Engineering?
Re your plans to go into Oil and Gas, I would echo what one of the posters has said on this thread about there possibly having been a very real change in the number of opportunities in this field.

I'm not in this sphere myself but I did have the opportunity to spend some time in Aberdeen about 5 years ago, as I needed to do some research on a niche subject there. I was able to spend a fair bit of time talking to local people and one of the things they told me about was how the local economy was starting to struggle. They all knew of local businesses which had closed and told me that the area was suffering badly from the downturn in oil. They said that there had been good times in Aberdeen years before, when experienced oil workers had flooded the area, bringing with them high salaries and disposal incomes which gave a massive boost to local businesses, shops and so on. In many ways, the area became dependent on the income from oil.

They said that the downturn had been gathering pace for a few years and that large numbers of oil workers had moved on. They said that demand for staff had fallen; they did stress that the oil industry was still visible in Aberdeen, but they said that the oil companies still there were specialist ones with small requirements for staff.

I wouldn't want to put you off, but I do get the impression that employment opportunities for new graduates in the oil industry aren't what they were.
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