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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Petroleum and Mechanical)

Degree Type Honours Bachelor

Duration 5 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324831

CRICOS 082121A

This five-year degree combines the disciplines of petroleum engineering and mechanical engineering to equip graduates with broad expertise that can be applied to a range of complex challenges.

Petroleum engineering is the practical application of physics, mathematics, chemistry and geology, combined with economic principles, to the recovery of petroleum. Petroleum engineers are designers. They create, plan and supervise all aspects of petroleum recovery: helping to find oil and gas; assessing how much is there; designing the wells and processing facilities to get as much out as possible; supervising and optimising production operations and ultimately, planning for the abandonment of the project. All of these designs and operational plans must be economic and safe from a human and environmental perspective.

Mechanical engineering is concerned with the management of people and resources, and applies advances in technology and scientific principles to the design, development and manufacture of products, processes, machines and mechanical engineering systems.

With a specialist skill set across two complementary engineering fields, graduates can enjoy greater scope of career prospects and a competitive edge in the job market.

For further information about the petroleum engineering component of the degree, see Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum). For further information about the mechanical engineering component of the degree, see Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical).

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 324831
    2016 CSP ATAR 83.35
    2016 CSP IB 29
    2016 Adelaide Approved Score 80
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Mid-year entry No
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
    Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Studies, Physics plus one of Specialist Mathematics or Chemistry. IB: either Mathematics (HL grade 3) and Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3); or, Chemistry (SL grade 4/HL grade 3), Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) & Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Chemistry

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent higher education study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324831

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 082121A
    Intake February.
    *July entry is ONLY available to internal transfer students, HCMUT and Chengdu University of Technology articulation agreement students.
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6 Reading 5.5 Listening 5.5 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 60 Reading 8 Listening 8 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 50 Reading 42 Listening 42 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 169 Reading 162 Listening 162 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 80
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 27
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 13
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 15
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 9
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 75
    ISC & CBSE [India] 75%
    ISBE [India] 85%
    SAT [US] 1270
    Abitur 3.1
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.7
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 8.0
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.00
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 77
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 380
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
    Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Studies, Physics plus one of Specialist Mathematics or Chemistry. IB: either Mathematics (HL grade 3) and Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3); or, Chemistry (SL grade 4/HL grade 3), Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) & Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).
    International Qualifications Mathematics and Physics
    Assumed Knowledge Chemistry is desirable
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,025

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    With specialist skills across two broad engineering disciplines, graduates have the opportunity to seek national and global careers across a wide range of industries and organisations.

    Petroleum engineers are employed in a diverse range of occupations in oil and gas companies, government agencies and organisations that service the oil and gas industry. For more information about petroleum engineering career opportunities, see Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum).

    With broad expertise, mechanical engineers are employed across a range of industries including oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, health, defence, water and waste management, electricity generation and supply, consulting, automotive, aerospace and food processing. For more information about mechanical engineering career opportunities, see Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical).

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    Students are required to complete 12 weeks of approved practical experience.

    Professional Accreditation

    Graduates qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

    Potential careers

    Manufacturing Engineer, Mining Engineer, Noise Control Engineer, Oil and Gas Analyst, Petroleum Engineer, Petroleum Exploration, Petroleum Manager, Drilling Engineer, Reservoir Engineer, Robotics Engineer, Seismologist, Vibrations Engineer

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Global Learning Experience

    It is recommended that students in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum and Mechanical) program study overseas during levels 2, 3 and 4. Both semester and year long exchange is possible.

    To discuss your options further, please contact the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.
  • Degree Structure

    The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum and Mechanical) builds a strong foundation of mathematics, physics, geology, geophysics, computer applications and engineering principles.

    Over the course of the program, the subjects studied change from more general engineering topics to very specific petroleum and mechanical engineering topics. There is also a focus on management and business-related aspects. This integrated structure makes the petroleum and mechanical engineering teaching curriculum unique.

    The first two years of the academic program are spent developing an understanding of the foundation subjects of petroleum and mechanical engineering and geosciences topics. In the third year, these areas of study are further developed through an additional range of advanced topics.

    In the fourth year, students put mechanical engineering knowledge into practice via major design, research and experimental projects, including a mechanical engineering project.

    In the fifth year, students expand their technical petroleum engineering knowledge and develop business skills such as economic evaluation and project management, as well as undertake a final year petroleum engineering project.

    Students are required to complete 12 weeks of approved practical experience.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Year 1 PETROENG 1005 Introduction to Petroleum Geosciences & the Oil Industry (3 units)

    C&ENVENG 1010 Engineering Mechanics - Statics (3 units)

    ELEC ENG 1101 Electronic systems (3 units)

    MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA (3 units)#

    MECH ENG 1007 Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics (3 units)

    MECH ENG 1006 Design Graphics and Professional Practice (3 units)

    PETROENG 1006 Introduction to Petroleum Engineering (3 units)

    MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB (3 units)
    Year 2 MECH ENG 2100 Design Practice (3 units)

    MATHS 2201 Engineering Mathematics IIA (3 units)

    PETROENG 2010 Drilling Engineering (3 units)

    MECH ENG 2021 Thermo-Fluids I (3 units)

    CHEM ENG 1009 Materials I (3 units)

    PETROENG 2009 Formation Evaluation, Petrophysics & Rock Properties (3 units)

    COMP SCI 1201 Introduction to Programming for Engineers (3 units)

    MECH ENG 2002 Stress Analysis & Design (3 units)
    Year 3 PETROENG 3025 Reservoir Engineering (3 units)

    MECH ENG 3102 Heat Transfer & Thermodynamics (3 units)

    MECH ENG 3030 Structural Design & Solid Mechanics (3 units)

    MECH ENG 2020 Materials & Manufacturing (3 units)

    MECH ENG 3027 Engineering Systems Design and Professional Practice (3 units)

    PETROENG 2005 Sedimentology & Stratigraphy (3 units)

    MECH ENG 2019 Dynamics & Control I (3 units)

    PETROENG 3020 Production Engineering (3 units)
    Year 4 MECH ENG 3105 Sustainability & the Environment (3 units)

    MECH ENG 3028 Dynamics & Control II (3 units)

    Mechanical Engineering Elective (18 units)
    Year 5 PETROENG 4004A Petroleum Engineering Honours Project Part 1 (3 units)

    PETROENG 4027 Decision Making & Risk Analysis (3 units)

    PETROENG 4004B Petroleum Engineering Honours Project Part 2 (3 units)

    PETROENG 4022 Integrated Field Development & Economic Project (3 units)

    PETROENG 4034 Petroleum Business & Project Economics (3 units)

    Petroleum Engineering Elective (9 units)
    MECH ENG 4102 Advanced PID Control (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4121 Materials Selection & Failure Analysis (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4105 Advanced Vibrations (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4111 CFD for Engineering Applications (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4112 Combustion Technology & Emission Control (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4143A Mechanical Honours Project Part A (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4118 Finite Element Analysis of Structures (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4124 Robotics M (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4104 Advanced Topics in Fluid Mechanics (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4144 Renewable Fluid Power Technology (3 units)

    CHEM ENG 4032 Composites & Multiphase Polymers (3 units)^ 

    MECH ENG 4107 Airconditioning (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4101 Biomechanical Engineering (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4114 Corrosion: Principles & Prevention (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4115 Engineering Acoustics (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4120 Fracture Mechanics (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4125 Stresses in Plates & Shells (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4143B Mechanical Honours Project Part B (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4145 Sustainable Thermal Technologies (3 units)

    ENTREP 3900 Entrepreneurs Challenge (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4126 Topics in Welded Structures (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4115 Engineering Acoustics (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4120 Fracture Mechanics (3 units)
    PETROENG 4035 Reservoirs, Resources & Reserves (3 units)

    PETROENG 3007 Well Testing & Pressure Transient Analysis (3 units)

    PETROENG 4033 Integrated Reservoir & Project Management IV (3 units)

    PETROENG 3005 Reservoir Characterisation & Modelling (3 units)

    PETROENG 3026 Formation Damage & Productivity Enhancement (3 units)

    PETROENG 4037 Unconventional Resources & Recovery (3 units)

    PETROENG 3001 Reservoir Simulation (3 units)

    PETROENG 3019 Structural Geology & Seismic Methods (3 units)

    MATHS 2104 Numerical Methods II (3 units)

    PETROENG 3023 Well Completion & Stimulation (3 units)
    This study plan should be used to guide enrolment for the current academic year. Some students may need to modify their enrolment base on previous study (e.g. student granted advanced standing/credit, student repeating previously failed courses).

    #Students who choose to complete a Mechanical Honours Project in addition to a Petroleum Honours project must undertake both MECH ENG 4143A Mechanical Honours Project Part A and MECH ENG 4143B Mechanical Honours Project Part B in lieu of 9 units of electives. Note completion of Part B is dependent on the completion of Part A in order for 9 units to count towards the program.

    ^Check the course planner for course availability noting the availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.

    Please refer to the ECMS website for a study plan to guide your enrolment


    Assessment can vary from course to course and can include a combination of class work, tutorials, assignments, laboratory work, quizzes, project work and examinations.

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Last updated: Thursday, 15 Jun 2017