Expected learning outcomes of the program and employment and career opportunities for graduates
The professional figures that the degree program aims to train are engineers that are able to operate profitably and immediately in the oil sector, which is characterized by a high technical and technological level; because of the interdisciplinary approach and the international scale it requires specialists to be able to operate in very different social and work environments and to hone their skills in communication and in building relationships.
This degree program is held entirely in English.
At the end of the curriculum the petroleum engineers will be able to characterize hydrocarbon deposits (oilfields) both in terms of quantity of hydrocarbons in place and in terms of production capacity, and will identify the best oil and/or natural gas production strategies on the basis of technical feasibility, but also economic and environmental sustainability.
The curriculum, structured over two years, prepares students on the fundamental disciplines of the oil industry, such as geology and engineering of oilfields, drilling and completion of oil wells, transportation and processing of hydrocarbons, but also on all subjects that are considered preparatory - such as rock mechanics, chemistry and economics - or strongly complementary - such as geophysics, risk and safety analysis, business organization, the environmental impact of activities conducted both underground and on the surface.
Qualification is completed through technical training modules or by doing an internship.
Graduates from this program will possess the knowledge necessary to carry out professional activities in various fields, including contributing to activities such as the technical and economic feasibility study of an exploratory project or an oilfield development, the management and definition of development strategies of non-renewable resources, including the design and organization of the facilities and equipment needed for production, the risk analysis and safety management in the prevention and emergency phases.
Graduates from this program have a professional level, defined by its typical orientations, that makes them eligible to perform highly technical tasks within oil companies or service companies, which acquire and compile data and develop projects on behalf of the oil companies, or alternatively in public administrations dealing with the energy sector.
The professional orientation of graduates, once they have entered the working world, will also depend on the personal predisposition towards a speculative or more practical activity.
The specific scientific subjects of petroleum engineering initially provide the concepts and tools to understand the technical and engineering disciplines that are taught later on.
The specific engineering subjects describe in detail the drilling techniques and the implementation of oil wells that allow to reach the oilfield, the exploitation techniques with the extraction of oil and natural gas, and, once on the surface, their chemical treatment to obtain oil products capable of producing energy.
The broad spectrum technical preparation provides all the tools necessary to either study topics of interest or specialize in a narrower field during their working life.
The preparatory subjects provide useful knowledge in the areas of the economy of resources, environmental reclaim of contaminated sites, risk and safety analysis of the plants and processes.