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Bachelor of Engineering (Petroleum Engineering) Honours

Course code W17

Petroleum engineers work in a range of industry sectors, often related to the exploration, mining, production, delivery and downstream processing of fossil fuels.

These fossil fuels are derived from oil and gas reservoirs in the earth's crust, but may also include extraction from sands and shales. This course provides the foundations for a professional engineering career in the oil and gas industry, both in Australia and internationally. As well as providing core mechanical and chemical engineering skills, the course provides specialist knowledge in drilling, reservoir and petroleum production engineering. 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. The course provides a sound basis in mechanics, mathematics, and the principles of engineering design in the first two years of study, along with core areas of engineering science including chemistry and materials science, fluid mechanics, process systems and thermodynamics. In the final two years of study, a range of more specialist petroleum engineering topics are covered to prepare students to enter their chosen profession with relevant knowledge and skills. The first year of this course includes a set of eight units that are common across all engineering honours courses. This allows students the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the various engineering disciplines on offer and the flexibility, if desired, to switch to another engineering discipline/course without penalty after the first year of study.

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Entry requirements

82 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

W17

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $9,550

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Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

W17

CRICOS code

091871K

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $30,200

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Duration

4 years full-time

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Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

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Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS1154Introduction to Engineering15
ENS1115Materials and Manufacturing 115
ENM1102Engineering Drawing and Computer Aided Design15
MAT1250Mathematics 115
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS1101Engineering Mechanics15
ENS1253Electrical Engineering 1B15
ENS1180Introduction to Energy and Resource Engineering15
MAT1251Mathematics 215
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5170Engineering Systems15
SCC1111General Chemistry15
ENS2270Reservoir Petrophysics and Formation Evaluation 15
ENS2115Process Engineering Fundamentals15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS2113Engineering Dynamics15
CSP2151Programming Fundamentals15
ENS3208Engineering Geology and Rock Mechanics15
ENS2160Thermodynamics15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS3301Reservoir Thermodynamics and Fluid Properties 15
ENS2159Engineering Innovation and Ethics15
ENM3218Fluid Mechanics15
ENS5566Reservoir Engineering15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5162Drilling Engineering15
ENS3125Petroleum Geology15
ENS5567Well Testing15
ENS5565Reservoir Simulation15

Note: Students who receive a WAM of 70 per cent or above at the end of their third year of study will be invited to complete a graded Honours degree by taking the two Honours Thesis units in place of the standard project units in their fourth year. Students below this cut-off, or who decline the offer to undertake the Honours Thesis, will graduate with an ungraded Honours degree.

Year 4 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5111Engineering Practicum
ENS5564Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources15
ENS5161Environmental and Process Risk Management15
ENS4152 ^Project Development15
Or
ENS5145 ^Engineering Honours Thesis 115
Elective Unitx115

Note: Students undertaking the graded Honours pathway should enrol into ENS5145 Engineering Honours Thesis 1 in place of ENS4152 Project Development.

Year 4 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5165Petroleum Production Engineering15
ENS5543Engineering Management15
ENS4253 ^Engineering Project15
Or
ENS5146 ^Engineering Honours Thesis 215
Elective Unitx 115

Note: Students undertaking the graded Honours pathway should enrol into ENS5146 Engineering Honours Thesis 2 in place of ENS4253 Engineering Project.

RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS2116Process Systems Analysis15
ENS2102Hydrostatics15
ENS3111Chemical Thermodynamics15
ENS5445Sustainability and Renewable Energy15
ENS5106Hydrology and Hydraulics15
ENS3190Mechanics of Solids15
SCC1201Chemistry: Structure and Reactions15

Note: Electives chosen from outside this list must be approved by the Course Coordinator.

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Course notes

Important course notes

Course 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 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.

Professional Recognition

Provisionally Accredited by: Engineers Australia

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $9,550 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $30,200 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

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Career Opportunities

Petroleum engineers work in a wide range of industries associated with the exploration, drilling and mining, development and operation of production and transport of raw and processed products as well as the downstream processing of fossil fuel derivatives.

Possible future job titles

Petroleum Engineer, Oil and Gas Engineer, Exploration Engineer, Reservoir Engineer, Drilling Engineer, Pipeline Engineer, Refining Engineer, Production Engineer

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