Department of Petroleum Engineering

Roy S. Butler Professor John J. Day, Chairperson.

Professors Arnold and Davis; Associate Professor Heinze; Assistant Professor Frailey; Emeritus Faculty: Crawford, Land, and Winkler.

This department supervises the following degree programs: PETROLEUM ENGINEERING, Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering; Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering.

The department is uniquely located in the Permian Basin, where approximately 20 percent of the nation's petroleum resources and 62.4 percent of Texas' petroleum resources lie within a 175-mile radius. The department fulfills an obligation to the people of the State of Texas and the nation in making available the technical expertise for the safe and efficient development, production, and management of petroleum resources.

Petroleum engineering is the practical application of the basic and physical sciences of mathematics, geology, physics, and chemistry and all of the engineering sciences to the discovery, development, production, and transportation of petroleum. Petroleum is the most widely used form of mobile energy and now supplies approximately three-fourths of the total energy used in the United States. It is also a major raw material from which a wide variety of products are manufactured.

Students applying for transfer into this program from another institution or from another department at Texas Tech must have a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA. Transfer applicants must also have minimum GPAs of 2.00 for all credits attempted in mathematics, science, and engineering courses.

Petroleum engineering applies the curriculum management of the college. Phase I includes the first three semesters; Phase II the fourth semester; and Phase III includes the final two years of study. Progress from one phase to the next requires a satisfactory GPA, designated course completion, and departmental consent. To graduate, the student must complete the specified minimum number of hours in each area of the curriculum and have a minimum overall GPA of 2.00. Changes in the degree plan or exceptions to the above stated conditions require written approval of the chairperson of the Petroleum Engineering Department.

The Petroleum Engineering curriculum is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Petroleum Engineering Curriculum.
Fall Spring
MATH 1351, Calculus I3 MATH 1352, Calc. II 3
ENGL 1301, Ess. Coll. Rhetoric3 ENGL 1302, Adv. Coll. Rhetoric3
CHEM 1307, Prin. Chem. I3 CHEM 1308, Prin. Chem. II3
CHEM 1107, Prin. Chem. I (Lab.)1 CHEM 1108, Prin. Chem. II (Lab.)1
GEOL 1303, Phys. Geology3 PETR 1305, Engr. Anal.3
GEOL 1101, Phys. Geology Lab.1 POLS 1301, Amer. Govt., Org.3
PETR 1101, Intro. to Petroleum Engr.1 16
Fall Spring
MATH 2350, Calc. III3 PHYS 2301, Prin. of Phys. II3
PHYS 1308, Prin. of Phys. I3 PHYS 1106, Prin. of Phys. II (Lab.)1
PHYS 1105, Prin. of Phys. I (Lab.)1 MATH 3350, Math. Engrs. I3
POLS 2302, Amer. Pub. Pol.3 PETR 2302, Res. Fluid Prop.3
PETR 2301, Petr. Develop.3 CE 3305, Mech. of Fluids3
CE 2301, Statics 3 E E 2304, Fund. of Elec. Eng.3
16 GEOL 3302, Struct. Geology3
Fall Spring
Statistics elective 3 C E 3303, Mech. of Solids3
PETR 3303, Petr. Prod. Meth.3 PETR 3304, Formation Eval.3
PETR 3302, Res. Rock Prop.3 PETR 3306, Reservoir Engr.3
PETR 3113, Core Anal. Lab.1 HIST 2300, Hist of U.S. to 18773
ME 3321, Engr. Thermo.3 GEOL 4324, Geol. of Petroleum3
CE 3302, Dynamics 3 PETR 3307, Drilling Engr.3
PETR 3308, Engr. Comm.3 PETR 3107, Drilling Fluids Laboratory1
19 19
Fall Spring
PETR 4306, Adv. Res. Engr.3 PETR 4309, Adv. Prod. Engr.3
PETR 4305, Nat. Gas. Engr.3 PETR 4308, Well Test. Anal.3
PETR 4121, Petro. Eng. Sem.1 PETR 4300, Petr. Prop. Eval.3
HIST 2301, Hist. of U.S. since 18773 *PETR elective 3
IE 3301, Engr. Eco. Anal.3 Humanities Elective 3
PETR 4105, Gas & Prod. Lab.115
Humanities Elective 3

Minimum hours required for graduation­136.

*Select from PETR 4000 or 4331.

Statistics elective from the following: MATH 2300, 4342, 4343.

Select from departmentally approved list.

Courses in Petroleum Engineering. (PETR)

1101. Introduction to Petroleum Engineering (1:1:0). Introduction to the petroleum engineering profession. Group discussions and selected readings on requirements, responsibilities, ethics, opportunities, and history of petroleum engineering.

1305. Engineering Analysis I (3:3:0). Introduction to engineering fundamentals, dimensions, units, and conversions. Synthesis and analysis of typical engineering problems. Introduction to the use of computers, word processing, spreadsheet and Fortran programming.

2301. Petroleum Development Methods (3:3:0). Introduction to petroleum engineering, rotary drilling, and well completion practices including casing, cementing, perforating, and workovers. Discussion of equipment design and use.

2302. Reservoir Fluid Properties (3:3:0). Study of reservoir fluid properties including PVT behavior of hydrocarbon systems. Investigation of the nature, methods of estimation, and use of reservoir fluid properties. Laboratory PVT demonstrations.

3107. Drilling Fluids Laboratory (1:0:3). Corequisite: PETR 3307. Experiments in the formulation, testing, and rheology of rotary drilling fluids.

3113. Core Analysis Laboratory (1:0:3). Corequisite: PETR 2302. Laboratory determination of reservoir rock properties to include porosity, permeability, saturations, compressibility, and resistivity with extensive written reports.

3302. Reservoir Rock Properties (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PETR 2301 and CE 3305. A study of the physical properties of petroleum reservoir rocks as they relate to the production of oil and gas, including multiphase fluid flow in petroleum reservoirs.

3303. Petroleum Production Methods (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PETR 2301 and CE 3305. Artificial lift practices including design of sucker rod pumping systems and gas lift installations. Well stimulation practices including acidizing and hydraulic fracturing. Application of inflow performance relationships.

3304. Formation Evaluation (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PHYS 2301, PETR 3302. Use of open-hole well logs including logging suites for the electric survey to the induction and laterlog suites to determine volume and relative producibility of hydrocarbon reserves. Analysis and design techniques of actual well logging packages are emphasized.

3306. Reservoir Engineering (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PETR 2302 and 3302. Production performance predictions and estimation of hydrocarbons in place for gas, condensate, and oil reservoirs. Applications of material balance calculations for various reservoir types.

3307. Drilling Engineering (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PETR 2302, 3302, and CE 3305; corequisite: PETR 3107. Rotary drilling systems, drilling fluids and rheology, drilling mechanism, well planning, blowout and well control, hole deviation, and directional drilling.

3308. Engineering Communications (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Written and oral communication techniques for professional engineers including writing matrix, fog index, computer analysis, and visual aid production, proposal writing, and other tools.

4000. Special Studies in Petroleum Engineering (V1-6). Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Individual studies in petroleum engineering areas of special interest. May be repeated for credit.

4105. Natural Gas and Production Laboratory (1:0:3). Corequisite: PETR 4305. Experiments in production practices including gas and liquid measurement, fluid property determination, flow metering devices, pumping well characteristics and lease operations.

4121. Petroleum Engineering Seminar (1). Prerequisite: Advanced standing. Study of engineering problems of special interest and value to the student. Review for F E examination.

4300. Petroleum Property Evaluation and Management (3:2:3). Prerequisite: PETR 3304, 3306, I E 3301, GEOL 4324, statistics and communication elective; corequisite: PETR 4308.. Economic, physical, analytical, and statistical evaluation of hydrocarbon-producing properties, emphasizing relative worth of investments based on engineering judgment, business strategy, and risk analysis using actual oil properties in a final team project. Senior design project.

4305. Natural Gas Engineering (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PETR 3303. The production of natural gas and condensate reservoirs; processing, transportation, distribution, and measurement of natural gas and its derivatives.

4306. Advanced Reservoir Engineering (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PETR 3306. Frontal-advance theory and application, mechanisms of waterflooding processes, and application to reservoir performance prediction.

4308. Well Testing and Analysis (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PETR 2302, 3302 Basic theory of transient flow in porous media and its application to the design and analysis of actual well tests using pressure-time relationships with emphasis on the pressure derivative. Buildup, drawdown, falloff, injectivity, pulse, interference, and drill stem tests are included for single or multiphase wells..

4309. Advanced Production Engineering (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PETR 3303 and advanced standing. Problem course in analysis, design, and application of production and processing equipment, separator problems, emulsions, treating, and transmission systems.

4331. Special Problems in Petroleum Engineering (3). Prerequisite: Advanced standing. Individual studies in advanced engineering areas of special interests. May be repeated for credit.

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