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Petroleum Engineering Major


This unit set allows students to select a Petroleum Engineering area of specialisation and provides all of the core knowledge required to achieve an accredited double degree qualification in this field.

The program focuses on the development of knowledge and skills relevant to professional engineering practice and along with a sound theoretical base, includes strong elements of practical problem solving, team work and project development. As a result, graduates will gain strong analytical skills, and have the ability to lead complex projects as well as having multiple technical and transferable skill competencies.



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

Professional Recognition



Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCC1111General Chemistry15
ENS2270Reservoir Petrophysics and Formation Evaluation 15
ENS2115Process Engineering Fundamentals15
ENS3208Engineering Geology and Rock Mechanics15
ENS3301Reservoir Thermodynamics and Fluid Properties 15
ENM3218Fluid Mechanics15
ENS5566Reservoir Engineering15
ENS5162Drilling Engineering15
ENS2180Offshore Science and Engineering15
ENS5567Well Testing15
ENS5564Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources15
ENS5161Environmental and Process Risk Management15
ENS5565Reservoir Simulation15
ENS5165Petroleum Production Engineering15

For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply systematic engineering synthesis and design processes to conduct and manage petroleum engineering projects, with some intellectual independence.
  2. Demonstrate a global outlook and knowledge of contextual factors impacting the petroleum engineering discipline, including respect for cultural diversity and indigenous cultural competence.
  3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and in depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the petroleum engineering discipline.
  4. Demonstrate clear and coherent oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
  5. Demonstrate conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics and computer and information sciences which underpin the petroleum engineering discipline and fluently apply engineering techniques, tools and resources.
  6. Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership to implement engineering projects according to relevant standards of ethical conduct, sustainable practice and professional accountability.
  7. Demonstrate responsibility for own learning, professional judgement and an understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice.
  8. Think critically, and apply established engineering methods and research skills to complex petroleum engineering problem solving.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

Petroleum engineers work in a wide range of industries associated with oil and gas exploration, drilling and well completion, reservoir evaluation, oil/gas production as well as field development studies.

Possible future job titles

Petroleum Engineer, Oil and Gas Engineer, Reservoir Engineer, Drilling Engineer, Production Engineer

This Major can be studied in the following courses

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