Pe­tro­leum en­gi­neer­ing picks up

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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.

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