Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
  • Overview
  • Program Educational Objectives
  • Degree Plans
  • Course Description
  • Enrolment and Graduation Statistics

The bachelor degree of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNGE) is designed to provide sound undergraduate education in applicable to petrochemical engineering related fields of engineering with an excellent technology base. They engender broad awareness of social, cultural, and ethical issues together with good understanding of the role of engineering in the community. These traits lead to internationally recognized degrees. To be awarded a bachelor degree, a student must successfully complete three semesters of common engineering before entering the Department. The remaining seven semesters are program dependent. Nevertheless, students can choose from a common basket of elective courses offered by the Petroleum and Chemical Engineering Department. To be awarded a bachelor degree in PNGE, a student must successfully complete 136 credits of University, College and Departmental Requirements as shown below in the table.

 

 

               B.Eng Degree Requirements

Requirements

No. of Credits

University Requirements

06

University Electives

06

College Requirements

32

College Electives

03

Department Requirements

26

Major Requirements

57

Major Electives

06

TOTAL

136

 

 

Common Courses within the PCE Department:

Engineering Thermodynamics, Fluid Flow, Heat Transfer, Numerical Methods, Statistics for Engineers, Electrical Engineering Fundamentals, Engineering Economy Professional Practice and Management for PCE. The Bachelor degrees are designed to provide undergraduate education in this field of Engineering, with an excellent technology base, and which engenders a broad awareness of social, cultural, and ethical issues together with a good understanding of the role of engineering in the community, and which leads to an internationally recognized degree.

 

 

Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering Specialization courses:

Basic Mechanics, Mechanics of Materials, Chemistry for Petroleum Engineering, Introduction to Petroleum and natural Gas Engineering, Introduction to Geology I, Rock and Fluid Properties, Petroleum Geology for Engineers, Drilling Technology, Drilling Technology Lab, General Geophysics, Reservoir Engineering, Environment, Hazards, & Safety, Formation Evaluation, Well Testing, Reservoir Simulation, Production Engineering, Project I, Secondary and Enhanced Oil Recovery, Field Processing of Natural Gas and Project II.  In addition the students select 2 technical electives from the list of major electives provided in the degree plan.

 

Industrial Training Courses:

Two mandatory Industrial Training courses are also part of the College requirement. In Training I, students get a 2-week in-house training in their third year, during the break between the fall and spring semesters (In the month of January). In the PCE Department, this training is in the form of laboratory projects that are conducted in the chemical engineering laboratories. Training II is planned in the summer after the students complete their fourth year. For a period of 8 weeks, the students receive training from a private company or government ministry related to their specialization. A number of students receive their summer training abroad through collaboration agreements with international parties or through International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE). The student, supervised by the training organization, has to submit a report to his/her program at the end of the training period. The industrial training program is coordinated by the Assistant Dean for Industrial Training and Community Services

 

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNGE) program produces graduates who will:

  1. Become professional and competent engineers
  2. Demonstrate creativity, innovation, cultural appreciation, and, an understanding of the dynamic global issues that are consistent with sustainable development
  3. Pursue higher studies, and/or become entrepreneurs

 

STUDENT OUTCOMES:

The ABET student outcomes (which are used to evaluate the student’s outcome during the accreditation cycle) are given below.
Graduating students should have:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

In order to graduate, a student is required to complete a total of 136 credit hours resulting in the award of a Bachelor Degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNGE). The credit hours are allocated to University, College and Department requirements.

 

PCE Course Offerings and Equivalency

 

The PNGE undergraduate Degree plans can be downloaded by clicking on the following links.

2020 Degree Plan

2019 Degree Plan

2018 Degree Plan

2017 Degree Plan

2016 Degree Plan

 

PNGE2102 Basic Mechanics (3 credits)

(Pre-requisite: PHYS2107)

(Equivalent: MEIE2102(2-way), CIVL3216(Substitute))

PNGE students are introduced to the basic mechanics of particles and rigid bodies. The course has two parts. Statics part covers: Concepts of force, Moment, Resultant, Free body diagram; Equilibrium state and friction. Dynamics part covers: Concepts of velocity; Acceleration; Inertia forces; Centrifugal forces; Particle and rigid body dynamics.

 

PNGE3111 Chemistry for Petroleum Engineering (3 credits)

(Pre-requisite: CHEM 1071)

The course covers: The origin of petroleum; Introduction to organic chemistry; Chemistry of petroleum fluids; hydrocarbon, oxygen, sulfur and nitrogen compounds; Introduction to surface chemistry; Emulsions and surfactants; Corrosion and chemical prevention.

 

PNGE3112 Introduction to Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering(2 credits)

This course gives a brief idea about introduction to petroleum and natural gas engineering as part of the petroleum and natural gas engineering curriculum. The class includes Elementary knowledge and assessment of petroleum and natural gas; Overview of petroleum industry and petroleum engineering; Nature of oil and gas reservoirs; Petroleum exploration and drilling; Formation evaluation, Completion and production, Surface facilities, Reservoir mechanics; Improved oil recovery; Relevant terminology and nomenclature.

 

PNGE3202 Numerical Methods (3 credits)

(Pre-requisites: MATH3171, COMP2002 or ENGR2216 or ENGR2217)

(Equivalents: CIVL5146(2-way), MEIE4183 (2-way))

To provide students with the basic knowledge of numerical methods enabling them to appreciate approximation, analyze computational errors; utilize numerical techniques for root-finding, numerical linear algebra, curve fitting, differentiation and integration and numerical solution to ordinary differential equations. Computer software (e.g. Matlab) is used for the implementation and application of the numerical methods’ techniques, through tutorials and assignments.

 

PNGE3212 Rock and Fluid Properties (3 credits)

(Pre-requisites: PNGE3111,PNGE3112)

This course deals mainly with theories and measurements of the rock and fluid properties.  The first part of the course describes the properties of rocks (porosity, permeability, and compressibity). The second part of the courses describes the fluid properties, which includes classification of types of reservoir fluids, Phase behavior, The types of reservoir fluids, Properties of ideal and real fluids, Definitions of basic PVT properties (Elementary Volumetric Phase Behavior), Definition of fluid properties such as formation volume factors, shrinkage factors, Concept of fluid viscosity. The third part of the course describes the interaction of rock and fluids like Relative permeability, Capillary pressure, Interfacial tension and Wettability. This course also includes a session of laboratory class. The students are asked to prepare, setup and take measurements in each week according to the lab schedule.

 

PNGE4101 Statistics for Engineers (3 credits)

(Pre-requisite:MATH2107)

(Equivalents: CIVL4006, MEIE3281)

This course introduces the students to the basic concepts of statistics and probability that can be used in many engineering fields and in particular in the analysis of experimental data. The examples and exercises emphasize applications in engineering as general and petroleum, chemical, and mineral resources in particular. MINITAB and Excel will be used during the tutorial Lab.

 

PNGE4212 Drilling Technology (3 credits )

(Pre-requisite: CIVL3086)

(Co-requisite: PNGE4312)

This course gives an introduction to oil well drilling. The aim of this course is to provide a clear coverage of the principals of oil well drilling engineering. The class includes an introduction to drilling, hoisting, drill string design, drilling bits, mud engineering, rig hydraulics, casing design, cementing, blowout control, directional drilling, hole problems, and an introduction to well completion and stimulation.

 

PNGE4312 Drilling Technology Lab (1 credit)

(Co-requisite: PNGE4212)

This course gives the students an introduction to drilling laboratory measurements. The students are asked to prepare, set-up and take measurements in each week according to the lab schedule. The objective is to measure drilling fluid properties. Properties are measured for both drilling mud and drilling cements. Measurements include mud and cement density, mud and cement viscosity, mud and cement fluid loss, and compressive strength of set cement.

 

PNGE4412 Reservoir Engineering (3 credits)

(Pre-requisites: PNGE3212, ERSC 3081)

This is an intermediate level reservoir engineering course. Students are introduced to reservoir characteristics; Oil and gas volumetric; Reservoir mechanics: reservoir energy, drive mechanisms, and recovery factors; Material balance equations: oil and gas material balance, material balance calculations for various reservoir types and applications, drive indexes; Decline curves and reserves.

 

PNGE4512 Formation Evaluation (3 credits)

(Pre-requisite: PNGE3212 or GEOP3041)

This course deals mainly with theories of well log analyses and their applications.  The course begins with the description and purposes of formation evaluation using well logs.  After revising the formation and rock properties, the Archie Equation and its modified versions are introduced.  Main emphasis is on the resistivity concept  and porosity.  After a brief description of the data acquisition principles, the use of the resistivity, triple porosity, gamma ray and SP logs are discussed and  the discussion is strengthened with practical applications.  Finally, STOIIP calculations and porosity-permeability relationships are covered with a case study (a full well log analysis) solved in the class room.

 

PNGE4612 Well Testing (3 credits)

(Pre-requisites: PHYS2108, PNGE4412)

This is an advanced level course designed for formulation and analysis of fluid flow in porous media. Topics covered: Review of the mathematical basis for pressure analysis; Solution of diffusivity equation: steady/semi-steady state and transient; Oil and gas well testing; Multi-rate multi-well pressure transient test; Modern methods.

 

PNGE4712 Reservoir Simulation (3 credits)

(Pre-requisites: PNGE4412, PNGE 3202)

Topics covered in this course are: Formulation of single phase; Multidimensional fluid flow equations in porous media; Approximation of partial differential equations using finite difference schemes, grid types and boundary conditions; Solution of the incompressible fluid flow equation (elliptic PDE), solution of the slightly compressible fluid flow equation (parabolic PDE); Multiphase hydrocarbon reservoir simulation using well established black-oil simulators.

 

PNGE5102 Health, Safety and Environment (3 credits)                           

(Pre-requisite: CHPE3103)

This course covers: Sources of hazards, inherent hazards; Safety fundamentals in chemical, petroleum and natural gas production processes; Health and safety in work place, industrial hygiene, monitoring and measures; Consequence analysis; Safety procedures and measures; Engineering code of practice, critical ethics analysis. HAZOP Case studies and a Project.

 

PNGE5103 Engineering Economy (3 credits)

(Pre-requisite: MATH2107)

(Equivalents: CIVL5204(2-way), MEIE4285(2-way))

Engineers produce products and services that are employed to make life easier and more enjoyable.  The worth of these products and services is measured in economic terms. Engineering Economy deals with the concepts and techniques of analysis useful in evaluating the worth of systems, products, and services in relation to their cost. The course helps students grasp and understand the significance of the economic aspect of engineering, and to be proficient in the evaluation of engineering proposals in terms of worth and cost.

 

PNGE5112 Production Engineering (3 credits)

(Pre-requisite: PNGE 4412)

The course introduces students to petroleum production systems. The topics covered are: Overview of surface facilities; Gravel pack completions; Wellbore flow performance and well deliverability; Pressure loss calculations; Matrix acidizing; Hydraulic factoring; Gas lift; Sucker rod pumping.

 

PNGE5115 Project I (2 credits)

(Pre-requisites: PNGE4212, PNGE4512, PNGE4612, PNGE4712, CHPE 3103)

Engineering design by definition is the integration of knowledge and skills acquired through experience, reading and formal instruction into a final product. This course is the first course of a 2-course, 2-semester, sequence that will result in a comprehensive capstone-engineering project. It is an introduction course to exploration and production business. The course should lead to a basic understanding of sub-surface disciplines. A real field data will be used to deliver Field Development Plan (FDP). This will build knowledge in many areas such as geology, petro-physics, reservoir-engineering and production technology. Volumetric calculations, prediction of primary and secondary recoveries also will be incorporated. Furthermore, sub-surface uncertainties and their impact on the short & long term development plans will be analyzed in this course. Finally building team working skills is one of the key objectives of the course and these skills are essential in enabling the setting up of personal networks. As such, the two courses will utilize the knowledge gained from previous PNGE subjects to the project design. The class will be divided into teams and students will be evaluated based on their contribution to the team effort. All reports and presentations will be presented to the class as a product of the team.

 

PNGE5122 Introduction to Rock Mechanics (3 credits)

Rock mechanics is the study of mechanics applied to rock and masses. It is used by a wide variety of geo-science and engineering disciplines, such as geology, civil and petroleum. Topics covered in this course are: Stress and strain analysis; Linear elasticity theory; Mechanical properties of rock; Rock mass characteristics and classification systems; Response of rock mass to excavations.

 

PNGE5203 Management for Petroleum and Chemical Engineers (3 credits)

(Pre-requisite: PNGE5103)

This course covers the essential elements for managing resources such as planning, organizing, leading and controlling. In addition, the following topics are covered: mineral resources and types; uniqueness of mineral industries; management science techniques and optimization of scarce resources, theory of optimal depletion, exploitation, environmental impacts and sustainable development.

 

PNGE5212 Secondary and Enhanced Oil Recovery (3 credits)

(Pre-requisites: PNGE4412, CHPE 3402)

This course provides an overview of secondary and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques and their evaluation. The topics covered are: Frontal-advance theory and application; Mechanisms of water flooding processes, and application to reservoir performance prediction; Water flooding and EOR applications.

 

PNGE5215 Project II (3 credits)

(Pre-requisite: PNGE5115)

Engineering design by definition is the integration of knowledge and skills acquired through experience, reading and formal instruction into a final product. This course is the first course of a 2-course, 2-semester, sequence that will result in a comprehensive capstone-engineering project. It is an introduction course to exploration and production business. The course should lead to a basic understanding of sub-surface disciplines. A real field data will be used to deliver Field Development Plan (FDP). This will build knowledge in many areas such as geology, petro-physics, reservoir-engineering and production technology. Volumetric calculations, prediction of primary and secondary recoveries also will be incorporated. Furthermore, sub-surface uncertainties and their impact on the short & long term development plans will be analyzed in this course. Finally building team working skills is one of the key objectives of the course and these skills are essential in enabling the setting up of personal networks. As such, the two courses will utilize the knowledge gained from previous PNGE subjects to the project design. The class will be divided into teams and students will be evaluated based on their contribution to the team effort. All reports and presentations will be presented to the class as a product of the team.

 

PNGE5412 Field Processing of Natural Gas (3 credits)                                 

(Pre-requisite: PNGE5112)

The course is designed to provide students with the basic understanding of gas phase behavior, gas production and processing. The student will be equipped with basic tools to design and optimize gas processing related problems.

 

 

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Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Program Enrollment and Degree Data

 

 

 

 

Academic Year

Enrollment Year

Total

Undergrad**

Degree Awarded (Bachelors)

1st*

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

2019

2019-2020

FT

0

1

28

31

33

117

36

PT

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018

2018-2019

FT

0

0

27

32

39

120

34

PT

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017

2017-2018

FT

0

2

32

39

47

131

34

PT

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

2016-2017

FT

0

1

34

51

34

130

44

PT

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

2015-2016

FT

1

2

42

34

41

135

42

PT

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

2014-2015

FT

0

2

34

42

43

135

32

PT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Students have not yet  selected programs

** Includes late students in year 6 and above

 

 

FT--full time

PT--part time

 

Note: The College doesn’t have any part-time (PT) students for undergraduate programs