Ideal learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment

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AS the global de­mand for oil and gas con­tin­ues and the world’s ex­ist­ing oil and gas reser­voirs are grad­u­ally be­ing de­pleted, new ex­plo­ration tech­nolo­gies and up­stream petroleum engi­neers are needed to in­crease oil and gas pro­duc­tion.

Petroleum engi­neers play a crit­i­cal role in bring­ing the oil and gas to the sur­face, es­ti­mat­ing its value and ex­tract­ing it.

Curtin Univer­sity, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) in Miri, Sarawak, now of­fers a highly spe­cialised four-year Bach­e­lor of Engineering (BEng) in Petroleum Engineering.

Equiv­a­lent to the BEng (Petroleum Engineering) course at Curtin’s main cam­pus in Perth, Aus­tralia, the course at Curtin Sarawak has been fur­ther re­fined to meet the tech­ni­cal needs of the oil and gas sec­tor na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, to en­sure ca­reer ready grad­u­ates with the in­volve­ment of multi­na­tional in­dus­try play­ers, which op­er­ate ex­ten­sively in north­ern Sarawak and Sabah.

In­deed, be­ing lo­cated within the hub of the oil and gas in­dus­try in Sarawak of­fers dis­tinct ad­van­tages to petroleum engineering stu­dents at Curtin Sarawak.

Due to the prac­ti­cal and ap­plied na­ture of the course and strong links with in­dus­try play­ers, stu­dents have am­ple op­por­tu­nity to de­velop prac­ti­cal skills and gain valu­able work ex­pe­ri­ence.

Lec­tures are of­ten ac­com­pa­nied by fluid and reser­voir rock lab­o­ra­tory work, geo­dy­namic lab­o­ra­tory work and field trips to ser­vice com­pany of­fices and drilling sites. Con­se­quently, they will spend a large amount of time ap­ply­ing the course ma­te­rial to real oil and gas data.

The teach­ing staff of the Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal and Petroleum Engineering of Curtin Sarawak’s School of Engineering and Sci­ence are pro­fes­sion­als with many years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the chem­i­cal and petroleum in­dus­tries.

In­dus­try spe­cial­ists also pro­vide reg­u­lar guest lec­tures, en­sur­ing con­tent is up-to-date with the lat­est de­vel­op­ments.

The course cov­ers the the­ory and ap­pli­ca­tion of the var­i­ous dis­ci­plines re­quired to eval­u­ate, de­velop and ex­ploit oil and gas re­serves.

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 to en­sure they are jo­bready on grad­u­a­tion.

Ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties abound for petroleum engineering grad­u­ates in a wide range of pro­fes­sions in the oil and gas in­dus­try.

Grad­u­ates from Curtin’s BEng (Petroleum Engineering) course ful­fill the stage one com­pe­tency re­quired by Engi­neers Aus­tralia (EAust) as the path­way to char­tered-engi­neer sta­tus (CPEng). The course is fur­ther­more recog­nised by the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency (MQA) and the Pub­lic Ser­vices Depart­ment (JPA).

At Curtin Sarawak, stu­dents will not just gain valu­able work ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try, learn from lec­tur­ers with real in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence, but also in­dulge in a unique in­ter­na­tional and cross-cul­tural learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment study­ing with stu­dents from over 40 coun­tries.

Curtin Sarawak also ap­plies Curtin’s “triple-i” model, which en­sures in­dus­try links, in­ter­cul­tural and in­dige­nous aware­ness and in­ter­dis­ci­plinary study are em­bed­ded into each course cur­ricu­lum.

As a re­sult, stu­dents re­ceive a di­verse, chal­leng­ing and re­ward­ing ed­u­ca­tion grounded in the real world.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.curtin.edu. my or go to its Face­book page ( face­book.com/ Curt­inUniver­si­tySarawakMalaysia).

You can also fol­low them on Twit­ter ( twit­ter.com/curtin­sarawak), on YouTube ( www.youtube.com/user/Curt­inUniSarawak), or on In­sta­gram ( in­sta­gram.com/curtin­sarawak).

The teach­ing staff of the Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal and Petroleum Engineering of Curtin Sarawak’s School of Engineering and Sci­ence are pro­fes­sion­als with many years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the chem­i­cal and petroleum in­dus­tries.

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