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Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum Engineering

Undergraduate Major

MJRH-PTENG

Major
Petroleum Engineering Major (BEng Hons)
Credit
600

Outline

You could start working as a professional petroleum engineering graduate in just four years.

Mining students inside a mine

Emily James

Engineering is all about solving problems, and petroleum engineering in particular is an area where projects require innovation. Curtin’s petroleum engineering degree provides lots of practical experiences, covers a wide range of subjects and teaches you to use technology relevant to your field.

Top 1%

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019)

Qualify sooner

Start working as a professional engineering graduate in just four years.

Professional recognition

Graduates fulfil the stage one competencies required by Engineers Australia for a professional engineer.

Petroleum engineers extract oil and gas from deposits below the Earth’s surface. They work closely with other professionals to understand the geological and geophysical characteristics of particular reservoirs, before designing, testing and implementing the most effective and profitable extraction method.

Reservoirs yield a maximum of 30 per cent of their oil, so petroleum engineers are needed to develop methods to increase oil and gas production. These engineers are also needed to help develop offshore gas fields.

Curtin is located in the hub of the oil and gas industry in Australia. We have a strong reputation for excellence, with our researchers and academics collaborating closely with industry to develop solutions that enhance resource performance, technology and environmental management.

In this major you will learn how to evaluate, drill, develop and mine oil and gas reserves. You will learn about chemical engineering, drilling, fluid flow through reservoirs, formation evaluation, geology, hydrocarbon phase behaviour, oil and gas field development, petroleum production technology, thermodynamics and well completions engineering.

You will also develop an understanding of global economic trends and corporate profit margins through the study of economics, risk and project management.

You will undertake practical study in fluid and reservoir rock and drilling laboratories. You will gain industry exposure through field trips to service company offices, government offices, and drilling, exploration and production operation sites.

In your final year, you will undertake a major research project, as well as a field development planning and design project.

This major sits within the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • Curtin is located in the hub of the oil and gas industry in Australia. We are building a strong reputation for excellence in the sector, with our researchers and academics collaborating closely with industry to develop solutions that enhance resource performance, technology and environmental management.
  • Companies such as Chevron, Woodside, Shell, BHP Biliton, BP and numerous others support the petroleum engineering program at Curtin and provide graduates with employment opportunities during and beyond their studies.
  • Most teaching staff are professionals from within the industry.
  • Student membership to the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is encouraged and this, in conjunction with the Curtin Chapter of the membership, provides you with valuable networking, learning and career development throughout the degree.
  • You will spend a large amount of time applying the course material to real oil and gas field data.

How this course will make you industry ready

Currently, reservoirs yield only about 30 per cent of their oil, so petroleum engineers are needed to develop methods to increase oil and gas production. With the recent high level of success in gas exploration, more petroleum engineers are needed to help develop these newly discovered and future offshore gas fields.

As a qualified petroleum engineer, you can work in a technically challenging career and benefit from being part of a worldwide community of professionals.

Student profile

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Professional recognition

Graduates fulfil the stage one competencies required by Engineers Australia.

Career information

Careers

  • Petroleum engineer
  • Drilling engineer
  • Field operation engineer
  • Production engineer
  • Reservoir engineer
  • Subsurface engineer
  • Well completions engineer

Industries

  • Environmental management
  • Government
  • Health and safety
  • Oil and gas
  • Research and development
  • Water treatment

Further study

  • Master of Engineering Management
  • Master of Professional Engineering
  • Master of Science (Corrosion Engineering)
  • Master of Science (Global Subsea Engineering)
  • Master of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

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How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRH-PTENG
  • Last updated on: December 10, 2019