Introduction

The Department of Petroleum Engineering runs a programme that lead to the award of B. Tech. in Petroleum Engineering. The undergraduate programme is designed to provide fundamental knowledge and then deepen the students’ grasp of Petroleum Engineering. It also introduces them to the techniques and tools of research, develops in them the spirit of enquiry and generally prepares them to face challenges and solve problems in the field of Petroleum Engineering. The Department offers undergraduate and graduate students some of the finest instruction and facilities in West Africa. Our state-of-the-art research and instructional labs are matched only by our team of professors and researchers –recognized as some of the top achievers and scientists in their fields. Our Department and School are located in Port Harcourt being the capital of Rivers State; the treasure base of the nation. Today, more than 600 undergraduate students are building their future and studying with our departments. The department is instrumental in providing excellence in education and research.

    • Leading Innovation in Energy and the Environment
    • Advancing Health and Wellness

HISTORY OF THE PROGRAMME
The Petroleum Engineering Programme was introduced /established in 1995. Like the other seven Departments of the Faculty of Engineering, the Petroleum Engineering Programme runs courses leading to the award of Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) degree. Sixteen (16) students were admitted on the first batch in the 1995/1996 session, out of which eight (8) graduated in the 1999/2000 Session. Presently, the Petroleum Engineering Programme has a total of twenty academic staff. The Petroleum Engineering has (3) three Laboratories namely: Analysis Laboratory, Petroleum General Laboratory, and Petroleum Engineering Laboratory. There is also a well-equipped Mechanical Engineering Workshop consisting of Machine Shop, Foundry Section, Sheet Metal Section, Wood-Work Section, and Plant Maintenance/Automobile Section. The Workshop is run by 5 Technologists/Senior Technicians and Craftsmen.

Philosophy

The B.Tech. Programme in Petroleum Engineering is dedicated to the training of highly qualified and competent Petroleum and Gas engineers well grounded in the fundamentals of the course, in theory and practice. As a consequence, the programme is designed to emphasize the application of the theoretical as well as the practical knowledge of Engineering to the efficient solution of energy exploitation, environmental degradation and resource management.

Objectives

The mission of the petroleum engineering programme is to provide the students with quality education and training in the field of petroleum engineering through effective teaching and research. The undergraduate curriculum in petroleum engineering is designed to equip the student with the fundamentals necessary to achieve a lasting professional growth. Graduates are prepared to enter both the private and public sectors as petroleum engineers or to pursue further education at the graduate level in other universities within and outside Nigeria. The course takes the student through the fundamentals of petroleum engineering and its industrial application. Students cover core petroleum engineering topics, such as, oil and gas exploration, reservoir engineering, drilling, production engineering, and petroleum geology. The B.Tech Petroleum Engineering course is also closely integrated with our Petroleum Engineering course. This means that the more general areas of petroleum engineering relating to the process of moving fluids through a production system are covered in chemical engineering topics, such as, transport phenomena, thermodynamics, and petroleum refining technology. Our students on graduation are ready for a career as professional engineers in either the petroleum industry or chemical process industries. Also, the Petroleum Engineering Programme at the Rivers State University of science and Technology (RSUST) provide technically, strong and well-round academic curriculum designed to prepare its students for challenging careers in the industry and in government. The courses offered in the programme are designed to impart relevant knowledge to its students on the application of the basic and physical sciences of mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, geophysics as well as the various engineering principles for the safe and efficient exploration, development, production, transportation and management of oil and gas resources. Programme Objectives The objectives of the programme in Petroleum and Gas Engineering are:

  1. To train professional candidates capable of applying engineering principles and practices for the safe and efficient exploration, development, production, transportation and management of petroleum resources.
  2. To train engineers who can design processes and machines, manufacture, utilize and maintain oilfield equipment for exploitation of the earth’s petroleum resources in an environmentally safe and efficient manner.
  3. To train professionals who will be able to integrate key science and engineering principles to address the technological challenges of the petroleum and natural gas industry.
  4. To be able to exercise original thought, have good professional judgment and be able to take responsibility for the direction of important tasks.
  5. To be able to manage people, fund, materials and equipment.
  6. To improve on indigenous technology to enhance local problems solving capability.

Admission

Undergraduate
Admission Requirements for B. Tech. Admission into the B. Tech. (Petroleum Engineering) programme is normally through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Candidates must satisfy both the University and the Faculty/Departmental requirements. Both the university and the departmental/faculty requirements are detailed below and they depend on the level of entry being sought (i.e. year I or II or III). University Requirements: UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS

  1. Admission through Universities (Joint Matriculation Examination (UTME)

Candidates should have obtained in NOT MORE THAN TWO SITTINGS, a minimum of five relevant CREDITS (or higher) level passes at SSCE/NECO/GCE ‘O’ level examinations. The relevant subjects shall include English Language, Physics, chemistry and either Mathematics, further Mathematics or Additional Mathematics. The other subjects shall be as indicated in section B. 1(a). Such candidates shall be admitted into year 1 of the degree programme. ADMISSION BY DIRECT ENTRY

    1. Admission to Year II of the degree programme
      • HSC/GCE ‘A’ level passes in at least two (3) relevant subjects (two of which must be physics and mathematics) plus school certificate/GCE ‘O’ level credit or better passes (including English Language and Mathematics) and three (3) other subjects from those indicated below (B. 1(a), at not more than two (2) sittings:
      • Holders of OND/ND, UD certificates from a recognized institution are eligible for admission to Year II of the relevant degree programme, provided that such candidates also satisfy the requirements for admission through UTME
    2. Admission to Year III of the degree Programme
      • Holders of HND are eligible for admission to Year III of the relevant degree programe, provided that such candidates also satisfy UTME requirements.
FACULTY/DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
    • Admission through UME
      • Credit – level or better passes at the Senior School Certificate (SSC) , NECO examinations or equivalent passes at the GCE ‘O’ level Examination in a minimum of five subjects including Mathematics and English Language. The other subjects shall include further mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and other relevant Science subjects.
      • Equivalent passes at ‘O’ level in other recognized examinations in Nigeria and elsewhere may be considered by the Department, subject to approval by the University Admissions Committee.
    • Admission to Year II of the Degree Programme.
      • HSC/GCE ‘A’ level passes in at least two (2) relevant subjects (one of which must be physics) plus school certificate/GCE ‘O’ level credit passes (including English Language and Mathematics) and in three (3) other subjects from those indicated above (B 1(a)), at not more than (2) sittings:
      • Candidates who passes with at least Upper Credit in the Ordinary National Diploma (OND) or the National Diploma (ND) from recognized institutions may be admitted into the second year of the degree programme, provided such candidates also satisfy the requirements for admission through UME.

ADMISSION TO YEAR III OF THE DEGREE PROGRAMME Candidates who passed with at least Upper Credit in the Higher National Diploma (HND) are eligible for admission into the third year of the programme, provided that such candidates also satisfy the requirements for admission through UTME.

Duration of Programme

The duration of the B. Tech. programme in Petroleum Engineering is 5 years (10 semesters), comprising both classroom lecture periods and Supervised industrial work experience (SIWES) periods. The first two years, which are common to all departments in the faculty of engineering, are devoted to the study of the basic elements of engineering science. Here, the students are prepared for studies in any branch of engineering. During the last three years, all the essential elements of Petroleum Engineering science are studied. Emphasis is on drilling technology, subsurface evaluation, oil and gas production methods, reservoir engineering and reservoir management, numerical modeling and the application of mathematics, physics and chemistry to the efficient exploitation of oil and gas resources.Nine semesters of course work are spent in the university made up of two semesters in each of years I, II, III, and V and the first semester only of year IV. The 3-month long vacation period at the end of years II and III and a 6-month period at the end of the first semester of year IV are spent in industry. An in-depth study of specific aspects of Petroleum engineering in the form of a final year analytical, experimental and/or theoretical project is included in the programme.

Admission

 

Academic Staffs of Petroleum Department

Engr Dr A. .A. Ujile

Rank:Head of Dept

Dept: Petroleum

Engr. Prof. E. N. Wami

Rank:Professor

Dept: Petroleum

Prof. S. K. T. Abam

Rank:Professor

Dept: Petroleum

Engr Dr. F. T. Ademiluyi

Rank: Senior Lecturer

Dept: Petroleum

Engr. Dr. E. Ehirim

Rank:Lecturer I

Dept: Petroleum

Dr. E. Chibuogu

Rank:Senior Lecturer

Dept: Petroleum

Engr. C. G. Nmegbu

Rank:Lecturer I

Dept: Petroleum

Engr. K. K. Dune

Rank:Lecturer I

Dept: Petroleum

Engr. O. F. Wopara

Rank:Lecturer I

Dept: Petroleum

Mr. Igwe, Ikechi

Rank:Assistant Lecturer

Dept: Petroleum

Kinate B. B

Rank:Graduate Assistant

Dept: Petroleum

 

Laboratory Staffs of Petroleum Department

Ven. A.O. Chukuigwe

Rank:Chief Technologist

Dept: Petroleum

Mr. E. Okon

Rank:Technologist I

Dept: Petroleum

Mrs. H. A. Onu.

Rank:Technologist I

Dept: Petroleum

Chuku Ebenezer O.

Rank: Technologist II

Dept: Petroleum

Kingdom M. Umah

Rank:Technologist II

Dept: Petroleum

Gospel Dibia

Rank:Lab Assistant

Dept: Petroleum

 

C-Non-Teaching/Secretariat Staffs of Petroleum Department

Mrs Letombari Princess

Rank:Snr Secretary

Dept: Petroleum

Joy Nwala (Miss)

Rank:Chief Typist

Dept: Petroleum