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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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Course overview

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Entry requirements

82 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

W17

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $6,950

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

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

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

W17

CRICOS code

091871K

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $31,500

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

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

Course Entry

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

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to have Mathematics: Methods ATAR, with equivalents considered, and Physics ATAR or Engineering Studies ATAR, with equivalents considered. It is desirable that all applicants have Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, with equivalents considered.

    All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Diploma or equivalent;
    • Successfully completed 0.5 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course; or*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

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

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

  • Students are required to undertake a minimum of 12 weeks practical work experience in an engineering industry environment. This will normally be undertaken during a vacation period.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

Professional Recognition

Provisionally Accredited by: Engineers Australia

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $6,950 *

* 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 $31,500 *

* 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

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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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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