The Department of Petroleum and Gas Engineering has the distinction of being the pioneer in the country to offer degree program in Petroleum Engineering. It was first instituted in 1969 as a division of Mining Engineering Department. Realizing the importance of the discipline and the department by the national petroleum sector, a full-fledge department of Petroleum and Gas Engineering was established in 1975. The department is also a member of institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Mechanical Engineers (AIME), USA.
The department has been the major contributor towards endowing and establishing the profession of Petroleum and Gas Engineering in Pakistan. The department has always maintained a leading role in petroleum engineering education. Few years back department has also started the post – graduate study program. This department is on one of the top positions of the merit list of the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. Future plans include induction of world renowned research scholars to have more scholars for Ph.D. program, and to establish a strong base for research and development to face the modern day technological challenges indigenously.
The department has the facility of well equipped labs and a well stocked library. The library is stuffed with over 2500 volumes of books (The recently introduced features include Japanese aid through JICA program of Rs. 20 million for lab equipment that resulted in upgraded laboratories). Apart from merit scholarships, the department is offered with numerous scholarships from the Local Industry, District Government and Zakat Fund. Majority of students get support from these scholarships.
The research interest of the faculty includes reservoir engineering, production engineering, drilling engineering, enhanced oil recovery well testing, and reservoir simulation. The department is working on a consolidated program to offer professional courses and consultancy services to the industry. The students also carry out comprehensive research projects related to the practical industrial problems as part of their final year project.
Besides other disciplines at the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Department of Petroleum and Gas Engineering has the smart intake of 40 – 50 students every year. This intake volume has been optimized keeping in view the supply and demand balance for the industry. Hence the job recruitment rate of its graduates is 100 %.
The graduates of this Department are offered well paid positions in operator as well as service companies of petroleum sector including national and expatriate companies. Doors of jobs are open for the graduates of this department worldwide as well. A large number of graduates from this department are serving worldwide including Middle East, Europe, North America, Africa, etc.
Liaison with the Industry
Key to the modern day success in any profession rests with the integrated working environment between different components of that profession. In this regard it is very important that institution must have a live coordination with relevant industry so is true for the Department of Petroleum and Gas Engineering (Besides the fact that petroleum industry of Pakistan is based in Karachi and Islamabad, the Department of Petroleum and Gas Engineering has successfully managed to establish such coordination).
Summer internships are also available to all the students of this Department once during their degree program. Internship program is supported by the local industry including national as well as expatriate companies.
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) International
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) International of AIME, is integrating the universities and industry in the world for research and development in petroleum Engineering. Pakistan Section of the SPE is one of the hundreds sections of the society all over the world. Student chapters of the society are established all over the world in schools offering petroleum engineering education. Lahore students Chapter is registered at the Department of Petroleum and Gas Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore.
Activities of the society includes holding of Annual Technical Conference and Oil Shows every year. Teachers as well as students actively participate in annual as well as regular technical sessions organized by the society. SPE also imparts towards publishing the research being conducted worldwide in petroleum engineering profession and facilitates its members, sections and student chapters with it.
This forum has been very positively utilized by the Department of Petroleum and Gas Engineering in the form of organizing literature and equipment for the department and scholarships for the students. Society and the department have even more as future program. Extension lectures from the professional experts from the industry are part of routine activities of the department. These tours are organized and sponsored by the university, industry and the society collectively.