Petroleum engineering picks up
oNE of the fastest growing courses at Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) is its Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Petroleum Engineering.
Though newly introduced since 2011 to Curtin Sarawak, it currently has an enrolment of over 60 students and the number is increasing.
The highly specialised fouryear course – similar to the one offered at the university’s main campus in Perth, Western Australia in its structure – was developed in collaboration with global players like Chevron, Woodside, Shell, BHP Biliton and BP.
These companies still continue to support Curtin’s petroleum engineering programme and provide graduates with employment opportunities during and beyond their studies.
At Curtin Sarawak, the course has been further refined to meet the technical needs of Malaysia’s oil and gas sector, with the involvement of industry players like Petronas, Shell, Nippon Oil, Murphy Oil, Schlumberger and Talisman – companies that operate extensively in East Malaysia.
Deputy pro vice-chancellor of Curtin Sarawak Professor Ir Yudi Samyudia highly recommends the BEng (Petroleum Engineering) course to those seeking lucrative careers in both the national and international oil and gas industry.
He says, “While the course is in many ways geared towards meeting Malaysia’s needs, it maintains a global perspective and is applicable anywhere in the world.”
Dean of the school of Engineering and Science Professor Michael Cloke says Curtin Sarawak is strategically located at the right place to offer the course.
“Being located within the hub of the oil and gas industry in Sarawak offers distinct advantages to our petroleum engineering students. Students have ample opportunity to develop practical skills and gain valuable work experience interacting with industry professionals,” says Prof Cloke.
The BEng (Petroleum Engineering) is awarded under the Australian Qualifications Framework and is thus Australian government-accredited and widely recognised in Australia.
Graduates from the course fulfil the stage one competencies required by Engineers Australia (EAust) as the pathway to chartered engineer status (CPEng).
The four-year course covers the theory and application of the various disciplines required to evaluate, develop and exploit oil and gas reserves. It can be completed at Curtin Sarawak without having to transfer to the main campus at any stage.
The first year provides a background of general engineering, and in the second year, issues involving fluid flow through reservoirs are examined.
Concepts in chemical engineering and thermodynamics will be covered as well as fluid dynamics and the understanding of the oil and gas reservoir.
Crude oil processing and transport, drilling and well engineering are studied, along with the methods used to better image the reservoirs.
In the final year of study, economics, risk and project management topics introduce students to global economic trends and ways of extracting more oil and gas.
To complement the theoretical and on-campus practical learning, students will undertake at least 12 weeks of industrial experience and complete a Senior First Aid Certificate course.
The courses are recognised or accredited by professional bodies across Asia and Europe.
Since its establishment in 1999, Curtin Sarawak has become one of the leading universities in Malaysia. In addition to being granted self-accreditation status by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), it has achieved Tier Five or “Excellent” ratings in the MQA’s SETARA and D-SETARA rating systems, the latter for its engineering programmes.
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Curtin Sarawak’s Petroleum Engineering programme enables students to develop practical skills and gain valuable work experience.