INTRODUCTION TO PETROLEUM ENGINEERING

The Petroleum Engineering curriculum is designed to provide the student with the strong foundation in science and engineering needed by petroleum and other related industries, engaged in exploitation of Oil and Natural gas resources from underground reservoirs. The curriculum blends the sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry and geology) and the engineering sciences thermodynamics, mechanics, dynamics, hydraulics and strength of materials). The Programme covers the fundamentals of petroleum engineering science and technology including the flow of fluids, separation processes, unit processes, inorganic and organic chemical equilibrium, and economics. The core objective is to prepare students for engineering tasks in the petroleum industry as well as the chemical process industry. The main focus is on the identification, extraction, storage, and transportation of crude oil and natural gas in the most optimal manner using engineering and scientific principles.

Philosophy

The broad philosophy of the Department of Petroleum Engineering is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and the basic scientific principles applied in modern petroleum industry practices and instills in the student, the skills and confidence for a lifetime of continuous learning. To that end, the core of the program focuses on strong scientific/engineering analysis in problem formulation, methodology and solution.

In pursuance of the aforementioned, the undergraduate program in Petroleum Engineering has been designed to reflect teaching and Research in the following areas:

  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Petroleum Production Engineering
  • Drilling Engineering
  • Economics and Petroleum Property Evaluation
  • Natural Gas Engineering

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates in Petroleum Engineering have the opportunities of getting employment in the Oil and Gas industry and Oil & Gas Services. They are employed as production engineers, drilling engineers, reservoir engineers, petroleum economists and petroleum engineers, Completion specialists, Well Intervention engineers, Artificial Lift specialist and technologists amongst many others.

  • World Energy Sources; Distribution of Energy and Hydrocarbons in Nigeria; Role of Hydrocarbons. Alternative Hydrocarbon Sources available in Nigeria; Exploration & Mining for such Resources. Existing & Proposed Industrial Processes for conversion of such Resources into Engineering Materials and Energy. Technologies for the Use of Coal, Shale, Tar Sands, and Biomass. Economic Assessment of Hydrocarbon Resources Opportunities in Petroleum Engineering. Phases in the Petroleum Industry – Exploration, Drilling, Production, Refining & Marketing

  • Graduates in Petroleum Engineering have the opportunities of getting employment in the Oil and Gas industry and Oil & Gas Services. They are employed as production engineers, drilling engineers, reservoir engineers, petroleum economists and petroleum engineers, Completion specialists, Well Intervention engineers, Artificial Lift specialist and technologists amongst many others.

DETAILS OF UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

100 LEVEL

Common engineering courses

200 LEVEL

Common engineering courses plus two Introductory Petroleum Courses; Introduction to the Petroleum Industry and Introduction to Petroleum Engineering and two Introductory Geology Courses – Basic Sedimentology and Stratigraphy.

 300 LEVEL

Common engineering courses as shown previously plus specific Departmental requirements

Summary of Courses