Petroleum Engineering (PETE)

PETE 3301 Drilling I

Introduction to petroleum drilling systems, including fundamental petroleum engineering concepts, quantities and unit systems, drilling rig components, drilling fluids, pressure loss calculations, casing, well cementing, and directional drilling.

Prerequisites: ENGR 2380, ENGR 2390, and PETE 3340

PETE 3307 Reservoir Engineering I

Fundamental properties of reservoir formations and fluids including reservoir volumetric, reservoir statics and dynamics. Analysis of Darcy's law and the mechanics of single and multiphase fluid flow through reservoir rock, capillary phenomena, material balance, and reservoir drive mechanisms.

PETE 3310 Reservoir Fluids

Thermodynamic behavior of naturally occurring hydrocarbon mixtures; evaluation and correlation of physical properties of petroleum reservoir fluids including laboratory and empirical methods.

Prerequisites: CHEM 1311 and ENGR 2376

PETE 3311 Reservoir Petrophysics

Systematic theoretical and laboratory study of physical properties of petroleum reservoir rocks; lithology, porosity, elastic properties, strength, acoustic properties, electrical properties, relative and effective permeability, fluid saturation, capillary characteristics, and rock-fluid interaction; This course also covers an introduction to the electrical, nuclear, and acoustic properties of rocks including theory and interpretation of conventional well logs.

Prerequisites: ENGR 2390 and GEOL 3320

PETE 3320 Petroleum Production I

Introduction to production operations and oil field equipment; inflow performance analysis, effect of formation damage on well flow, nodal systems analysis; perforating techniques and their effect on inflow; and stimulation treatments to enhance well performance.

Prerequisites: PETE 3307

PETE 3340 Geophysics for Petro Engineers

The fundamentals of geophysics are given to petroleum engineering students, with special emphasis on 2-D and 3-D seismic. Application of seismic to oil and gas exploration problems.

Prerequisites: ENGR 2380 and GEOL 3320

PETE 4280 Shale Oil & Gas

Introduction to reservoir and production operations in oil and gas shale. Review of the technology applied to oil and gas producing fields from shale. Hydraulic fracturing operations. Produced fluids and fluid separation.

PETE 4301 Petroleum Economics

Estimation of oil and gas reserves and their uncertainty is introduce including tangible and intangible investment costs, depreciation, economic analysis of producing wells, income tax consideration, risk and probability determination of different prospects.

Prerequisites: ENGR 2372 and ENGR 3300

PETE 4302 Drilling II

This course addresses the current advancement and technologies applied in modern drilling designs. The course focuses on building and designing directional well paths, wellbore surveying methods, predicting dog-leg severity, bottom hole assembly and operational techniques used in directional drilling, limiting factors and wellbore issues associated with directional drilling.

Prerequisites: PETE 3301

PETE 4312 Reservoir Engineering II

Determination of reserves; material balance methods; aquifer models; fractional flow and frontal advance; displacement, pattern, and vertical sweep efficiencies in water floods; enhanced oil recovery processes; design of optimal recovery processes.

Prerequisites: PETE 3307

PETE 4313 Integrated Reservoir Mngt

Principles of reservoir management and applications to specific reservoirs. Examine case studies that include new fields, mature fields, water floods and enhanced recovery projects. Requirements for successful operation of a reservoir through integration of people, technology, tools and data, synergy, fostering teamwork and integration.

Prerequisites: PETE 4312

PETE 4321 Petroleum Production II

Fundamental production engineering design, evaluation and optimization for oil and gas wells, including well deliverability, formation damage and skin analysis, completion performance, and technologies that improve oil and gas well performance (artificial lift and well stimulation).

Prerequisites: PETE 3320.

PETE 4322 Artificial Lift

Fundamentals of artificial lift. Design, Evaluation and Optimization of different methods: Beam pumping, Electric submersible pumps and Gas lift. Equipment and installations required at the field. Case studies in different types of petroleum fields.

Prerequisites: PETE 3320

PETE 4332 Env Hlth & Saf in Oil Indus

This course analyzes U.S. laws, and how regulatory agencies address compliance concerns in the oil and gas industry. Attention will be paid to health, safety, and environmental concerns.

PETE 4333 Engineering Ethics

This course introduces the theory and the practice of engineering ethics using a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural approach.

PETE 4355 Drilling Optimization

Optimization of the drilling process for oil and gas well based on geo-mechanical and dynamical models. Topics to be covered include drilling hydraulics, drill bit selection, operating parameter selection, analysis of drilling time and cost, and rate of penetration predications.

PETE 4380 Shale Oil & Gas

Introduction to reservoir and production operations in oil and gas shale. Review of the technology applied to oil and gas producing fields from shale.

PETE 4390 Capstone Senior Design

This capstone course provides students the experience of implementing (including building, testing, and documenting) an approved project within a budget and on schedule. This project requires integration of knowledge from student’s engineering courses. Course requirements include a written report and oral presentation. To be taken during the semester of graduation

Prerequisites: Semester prior to graduation.