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The Department of Petroleum Engineering offers an exciting and technically challenging program that equips you for a range of careers in the Petroleum Industry. Ongoing growth in worldwide energy consumption means demand for Petroleum Engineers is high. Oil companies and service providers are actively recruiting graduates in this area, which remains buoyant despite the economic climate.

Petroleum Engineers have a future full of challenges and opportunities. They must develop and apply new technology to recover hydrocarbons from oil shale, tar sands and offshore oil & gas fields. They must also devise new techniques to recover oil left in the ground after application of conventional production techniques.

The Department of Petroleum Engineering offers an interdisciplinary curriculum which incorporates Geology, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The students are taught how hydrocarbon is generated, stored and produced in the subsurface. The course enables the students to understand and apply global practices in the field of oil exploration, oil transportation and petroleum utilization techniques. On completion of the program, the students understand the life-cycle development of oil and gas fields and how Petroleum Engineers operate them effectively.  They learn to evaluate petroleum technology and examine issues dealing with:

  • Fluid flow through reservoirs
  • Thermodynamics and reservoir engineering
  • Drilling
  • Off shore platforms and transportation
  • Well completion engineering including stimulation and intervention operations.

Whatever career path they choose, they are equipped with a range of technical and transferrable skills and knowledge.

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