Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Engineering Undergraduate Programs


Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Program at the Middle East Technical University - Northern Cyprus Campus (METU - NCC) provides a modern education to help students gain strong background in the fundamentals of petroleum and natural gas engineering. Besides enhancement of their scientific and technical knowledge and engineering skills, students are urged to learn how to find solutions for national, international, social and environmental issues related to the petroleum industry. Scope of this education includes all operational techniques; such as drilling, production, and reservoir management for putting subsurface petroleum and natural gas resources as well as geothermal energy resources to human utilization. It is aimed that, in addition to technical abilities, graduates adapt principles of lifetime learning, environmental responsibility and ethical awareness, and they have sufficient knowledge about the health and safety of employees. The mandatory summer-practice program provides students with the opportunity to combine theoretical knowledge with practical applications, while observing work conditions in the field and office.

The main content of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering education can be summarized as follows:

  • Fundamental natural sciences and earth sciences for engineers,
  • The physical and chemical properties and dynamics of petroleum reservoir fluids (oil, gas and water),
  • The petrophysical properties of reservoir rocks,
  • The drilling and production of petroleum and natural gas,
  • The economical and effective management of petroleum and natural gas reserves.


About Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering deals with the exploration, production and transportation of petroleum, natural gas and geothermal energy. Technically speaking, the engineering of petroleum and natural gas is involved in every aspect of the exploitation of the energy stored naturally or subsequently underground. A petroleum and natural gas engineer working in the field should be well-informed about the surroundings, cultural environment, and the political and legal concepts of the job's requirements as well as the engineering aspects. Rapidly advancing petroleum industry calls for professionals who are competent in drilling, well logging and analysis, well completion, well testing, phase behavior and thermodynamics, multiphase flow, production techniques, reservoir modeling and characterization, enhanced oil recovery methods, and underground storage of natural gas. Professional work environment of petroleum and natural gas engineers range widely from computer simulation of the fluid flow through porous medium in an office setting to conducting lab experiments to managing drilling operations at an offshore rig.


Career Opportunities

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering graduates will have acquired the necessary education to work in the domains of exploration, drilling, production, transportation, storage and management of petroleum, natural gas and geothermal energy. Graduates work in national and international petroleum, natural gas, geothermal energy and pipeline transportation companies.

Are you a Future Petroleum Engineer?

  1. Do you love nature (oceans, jungles and deserts)?
  2. Are math and science your favorite courses?
  3. Do you have a creative and imaginative mind?
  4. Do you enjoy being outdoors and working with your hands?
  5. Are you curious about what happens underground and how it impacts you?
  6. Do you like technology and computers?
  7. Do you have good communication skills?
  8. Are you a team player?