Petroleum engineers figure out the best way to 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 for that site.
In this major you will learn how to evaluate, drill and then develop and mine oil and gas reserves. You will examine issues involving fluid flow through reservoirs, basic geology, the role of engineering in oil and gas production, chemical engineering, thermodynamics, hydrocarbon phase behaviour, drilling and well 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 have the opportunity for practical study in fluid and reservoir rock laboratories and geodynamics laboratory work, and you will gain industry exposure through field trips to service company offices and drilling sites.
In your first year you will complete the Engineering Foundation Year (EFY). The EFY builds a solid base of the fundamental concepts common to all areas of engineering. The EFY was developed in partnership with industry to create a curriculum that is reflective of engineering practice.
In your final year of study you will undertake a major research or design project.
To satisfy professional requirements, students must complete at least 12 weeks or equivalent of exposure to professional engineering practice. This requirement can be met by appropriate work experience or through a combination of technical and non-technical activities. Students must demonstrate that they have met these requirements by using a formal Log Book to record their professional experiences during the period of their degree study.
Students are strongly encouraged to secure industry placements (assisted by a WIL officer) that can form part of their Exposure to Professional Engineering Practice requirement.
Why study Petroleum Engineering Major (BEng Hons)
- 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.