Petroleum Engineering offers a unique blend of academic excellence and industrial expertise to the oil and gas industry.
Members of the faculty have a proven track record in academia and many years’ experience in the petroleum industry. This provides a strong theoretical base coupled with a practical approach to solving real-life industrial problems.
Our academic members possess research qualifications at the Doctorate level in subjects that span the pure science and engineering disciplines. This range of talent is used to tackle specific problems of relevance to the petroleum industry and promotes an applied environment for the supervision of Masters and PhD students. A comprehensive teaching program at the Master’s level complements these research and development activities. The emphasis is on developing graduates with the skills which industry needs, as quickly as possible. Consequently, a large percentage of the time is spent in applying the course material to real oil and gas field data.
We are closely associated with the Western Australia (WA) Oil and Gas industry and has the support of both oil and service companies alike. Companies often provide scholarships, research grants, teaching support, software and hardware donations. We also work with international partners such as Chevron and Shell U.S., Saudi Aramco and Petrobras of Brazil.
Petroleum Engineering has an Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) which meets to provide guidance on what industry would like to see provided in terms of general teaching, taught unit content, courses and research areas. The IAC is involved in assisting the planning and structure of the department, and is often instrumental in assisting students with industrial projects and occasional teaching support.