Study Petroleum Engineering Degree Course in Malaysia at the Best Private Universities

Choose to Study Bachelor of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering in Malaysia at Top Private Universities

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Students after SPM, UEC or STPM wanting to study Petroleum Engineering in Malaysia have quite a number of top private universities that they can choose from. Some of the best universities in Malaysia to study petroleum engineering are Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, Curtin University Sarawak, UCSI University and Asia Pacific University.

Energy is a key component to our daily lives; and a secure energy future requires a balance between environmental impact and supply that is affordable. Petroleum engineers are able to address and solve important issues that will lead to energy security and thus are in high demand.

The study of petroleum engineering covers a wide area of knowledge and students in Malaysia interested in this course will cover Mathematics, Physics, Geology and Chemistry.

Students after SPM or O-Levels can enter into a Foundation in Science or Foundation in Engineering at the best private universities in Malaysia for 1 year before continuing on to the 4-year BEM Accredited Petroleum Engineering degree. Pre-University graduates in Malaysia from programmes such as UEC, STPM, A-Levels, SAM, CPU, AUSMAT and others may enter directly into the Petroleum Engineering degree providing they meet the minimum entry requirements.

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Study at the Best Universities in Malaysia for Petroleum Engineering

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If you want to become a petroleum engineer, first & foremost you should collect relevant information to help your decision making. Since there are so many universities for Petroleum Engineering, you will surely find it hard to select the right university that best suits your individual goals.

It is important to find an accredited university with an English-speaking student environment that can deliver quality education along with employment prospects.

Malaysian students do not need to go overseas to study petroleum engineering. Top universities such as Heriot-Watt University

Malaysia is offering the petroleum engineering degree course at their new state-of-the-art campus at Putrajaya. Heriot-Watt University is a top ranking university in the UK.

Asia Pacific University (APU) is a top award-winning technology private university in Malaysia and offers

Asia Pacific University (APU) is ranked Tier 5 or “Excellent” in the SETARA 2013 rating by MQA. APU is now operating at its new iconic campus at Technology Park Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Petroleum Engineering to its list of BEM accredited engineering degree programmes.

Curtin University Sarawak is a top ranked university in Malaysia for Petroleum Engineering having won many awards. Students in Malaysia can consider an affordable and yet high quality of education in petroleum engineering, students can consider UCSI University at Kuala Lumpur. UCSI University is ranked Excellent or Tier 5 in the SETARA 2013 rating.

UCSI University is famous for their engineering courses and has more than 28 years of experience in higher education in Malaysia. Students at UCSI University have access to excellent facilities and their unique internship program for 2 months of each year of studies. The Petroleum Engineering degree course at UCSI University is accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).

Petroleum Engineer Salary in Malaysia

Petroleum engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, preferably in petroleum engineering. Employers also value

‘Petroleum Week’ organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter of Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak). Grace Rantai (3rd from right) presenting a souvenir to Datuk Lee as (L-R) Toh, Chua and Mienczakowski and others look on.

‘Petroleum Week’ organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter of Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak). Grace Rantai (3rd from right) presenting a souvenir to Datuk Lee as (L-R) Toh, Chua and Mienczakowski and others look on.

work experience, so engineering programs with internships in which students earn academic credit for structured job experience, are valuable as well.

Job Outlook According to the USA Department of Labour, Employment of petroleum engineers is expected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Oil prices will be a major determinant of employment growth, as higher prices lead to increasing complexity of oil companies’ operations and require more engineers for each drilling operation.

In 2010, the median salary per year was US$114,080 per year In Malaysia. Petroleum Engineers can earn yearly from RM 37,094 – RM 365,156 depending on their experience.

 

 

Increase in Demand for Petroleum Engineering Graduates in Malaysia

The Oil, Gas and Energy NKEA which is key to the Malaysian economy as it contributes 20% of the Gross Domestic Product

Thermo Fluid Lab for engineering students at UCSI University

Thermo Fluid Lab for engineering students at UCSI University

(GDP), is aimed at raising the sector’s output and meet energy demand over the 10-year period. It is also aimed at enhancing downstream growth, making Malaysia the number one hub for oil field services and building a sustainable energy platform for growth.

The Gumusut-Kakap field, which recorded its first oil production in Nov 2012, is expected to reach a maximum of 25,000 barrels per day (bpd) after ramping up two wells. Located in offshore Sabah as Malaysia’s second deepwater development, the field’s full development comprises 19 subsea wells, a permanent semi-submersible floating production system with a potential to produce a maximum of 120,000 bpd.

In positioning Malaysia as the leading oil and gas (O&G) hub in the Asia-Pacific region by 2017, Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corp (MPRC) was formed to promote, catalyse and transform the sector. Notable projects in the O&G (oil and gas) sector include the RM60bil Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development project in Pengerang, Johor, and the RM3.8bil Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal in Kimanis.

The O&G industry is involved in downstream activities as well. Here, ‘downstream’ means processes taking place after oil has

Petroleum Engineers can earn very high salaries

Petroleum Engineers can earn very high salaries

been transported from the reservoir, and into crude oil terminals. Investment opportunities include processing and refining of the crude, petrochemical plants, logistics and retail transactions.

Downstream has different players, and a more diverse range of interests. In oil refining, there are Petronas Penapisan (with plants in Terengganu and Melaka), Shell, ExxonMobil and Conoco. Petronas Gas and MLNG are involved in gas processing and transmission. Gas distribution is handled by Gas Malaysia.

The retail arm has many interests, including Petronas Dagangan, Shell, ExxonMobil and Conoco Phillips (under the Projet brand). Petrochemicals have the most diverse range of companies, including Optimal, BASF, BP, Amoco and Idemitsu.

All these are evidence that the job potential for Petroleum Engineers in Malaysia is good. In addition, Petroleum Engineers can work any where in the world.

The Work of a Petroleum Engineer in Malaysia

A petroleum engineer is involved in nearly all stages of oil and gas field evaluation, development and production. The aim is to

Curtin University Sarawak is a top ranking university in Malaysia with a 300-acre campus

Curtin University Sarawak is a top ranking university in Malaysia with a 300-acre campus

maximise hydrocarbon recovery at minimum cost while maintaining a strong emphasis on reducing environmental impact. Petroleum engineers are divided into several groups:

  • Petroleum geologists find hydrocarbons by analysing subsurface structures with geological and geophysical methods.
  • Reservoir engineers work to optimise production of oil and gas via proper well placement, production levels and enhanced oil recovery techniques. They use computer simulations to assist in the identification of risks and to make forecasts on reservoir potential.
  • Production engineers manage the interface between the reservoir and the well through such tasks as (but not limited to) perforations, sand control, artificial lift, downhole flow control and downhole monitoring equipment. They also select surface equipment that separates the produced fluids (oil, natural gas and water).
  • Drilling engineers manage the technical aspects of drilling both production and injection wells. They work in multidisciplinary teams alongside other engineers, scientists, drilling teams and contractors.
DisciplineGeneral Degree / Qualification
Reservoir EngineeringDegree in Petroleum Engineering / Chemical Engineering
PetrophysicsDegree in Petroleum Engineering / Geology (G&G)
Production TechnologyDegree in Petroleum Engineering / Chemical Engineering / Mechanical Engineering
DrillingDegree in Petroleum Engineering / Chemical Engineering / Mechanical Engineering / Electrical Engineering
Petroleum EconomicsDegree in Petroleum Engineering / Chemical Engineering / Mechanical Engineering / Electrical Engineering

Typical work activities of a Petroleum Engineer

Material Science & Petrology Soil Mechanics Lab at UCSI University

Petroleum engineers increasingly use advanced computers, not only in analysis of exploration data and simulation of reservoir behavior, but also in automation of oilfield production and drilling operations. Petroleum companies own many of the world’s supercomputers. Petroleum engineers have a future full of challenges and opportunities.

They must develop and apply new technology to recover hydrocarbons from oil shale, tar sands, and offshore oil and gas fields. They must also devise new techniques to recover oil left in the ground after application of conventional producing techniques.

Since many petroleum companies conduct worldwide operations, the petroleum engineer may have the opportunity for assignments all over the world.

The work of a Petroleum Engineer

Material Science & Petrology Soil Mechanics Lab at UCSI University

Basically, Petroleum engineers design and develop methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the earth’s surface. Petroleum engineers also find new ways to extract oil and gas from older wells.

The actual tasks carried out will vary depending on the specific role but may include:

  • liaising with geoscientists, production and reservoir engineers, and commercial managers to interpret well-logging results and predict production potential;
  • compiling detailed development plans of reservoir performance using mathematical models to ensure maximum economic recovery;
  • selecting optimal tubing size and suitable equipment within the well for different functions;
  • designing the completion – the part of the well that communicates with the reservoir rock and fluids; • designing systems that help the well to flow, for example using submersible pumps;

    Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) attending the recent Petroleum Engineering Internship Fair 2014

  • managing problems of fluid behaviour and production chemistry;
  • evaluating and recommending flow rate enhancement by using, for example, hydraulic fracturing (to force fluid into a well and fracture the rock) and acid treatment (to erode the rock and improve flow path);
  • managing and controlling wells with branches at the bottom (horizontal and multilateral wells);
  • using well and reservoir remote sensing technology and surveillance data to manage the value of the reservoir and decide on appropriate engineering interventions;
  • understanding and managing how a set of wells interact;
  • managing contractor relationships in relation to health, safety and environmental performance;
  • supervising well-site operations personnel and managing staff at all levels, including the training and supervision of crew members, to ensure that everyone works as a team in order to meet deadlines to clients’ satisfaction;
  • liaising with separate departments to ensure correct progress with projects;
  • taking responsibility for the maintenance of equipment;
  • liaising with clients to keep them informed of progress.

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