Up-skilling: Australia’s leading gas industry training facilities reviewed

As the gas industry booms across Australia, the need for well-educated employees booms with it. Below Gas Today reviews some of the innovative and cutting-edge undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Australia that will lead the gas industry of the future.

Undergraduate: Find the best recruits

University of Adelaide – Bachelor of Engineering (Petroleum)

Students graduating from the University of Adelaide’s Bachelor of Engineering (Petroleum) will have covered standard engineering topics as well as those specific to petroleum engineering and geosciences. Additionally the course places emphasis on management skills. By their fourth year, students will have completed an individual research project as well as 12 weeks of work experience.

Subject examples: Introduction to Petroleum Geosciences and the Oil Industry, Well Completion and Stimulation, Structural Geology and Seismic Methods.

Duration: 4 years full time.

For more information visit www.adelaide.edu.au

University of Queensland – Bachelor of Engineering

Students graduating from the University of Queensland will have been offered the largest choice of engineering programs in Queensland, with a large number of distinct majors and double majors. The option to major in mine engineering has also created a greater pool of students with skills aimed specifically toward the gas industry.

Subject examples: Hypersonics and Rarefied Gas Dynamics, Resource Geology and Mine Surveying and Mining Geomechanics.

Duration: 4 years.

For more information visit www.uq.edu.au

GippsTAFE – Chadstone: Certificate III in Gas Industry Operation

The Certificate III in Gas Operations is a nationally accredited course developed in accordance with National Competency Standards by the Electrocomms and Energy Utilities Industry Skills Council. It caters for industry requirements within the field of gas operations. Asset management organisation Jemena plays an important role in supporting GippsTAFE, and sits on the industry advisory board. Additionally, many of their staff are trained there. GippsTAFE is also offering an Advanced Diploma of Management with units relevant to the gas industry.

Subject examples: Commission/decommission pipelines, Co-ordinate construction, laying and testing of gas distribution pipelines.

Duration: Part time 2 years.

For more information visit www.gippstafe.vic.edu.au

Australian Maritime College: Bachelor of Engineering (Marine and Offshore Engineering)

According to the Australian Maritime College, this is the only degree of its kind in Australia focusing on the design, manufacture, deployment and commissioning of systems associated with the marine and offshore oil and gas industries.

As part of the course of study, students must complete at least 12 weeks of work experience considered to be appropriate by the Bachelor of Engineering Courses Committee.

Subject examples: Offshore Marine Engineering Operations and Design of Offshore Systems.

Duration: 4 years.

For more information visit www.amc.edu.au

University College London School of Energy and Resources, Adelaide: Master of Science in Energy and Resources

This Masters degree is designed to provide students with an understanding of contemporary theory and practice in the sustainable management of energy and natural resources. The whole program is connected to the energy and resources industry: leading academic and industry professionals contribute to the curriculum, while the final year of the program is spent working on an industry-based project.

Santos, Korean Gas, the Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy, and University College London (UCL) have signed an agreement to provide 18 graduate scholarships over six years for Adelaide UCL students undertaking a Masters of Science in Energy and Resources.

BHP Billiton will provide UCL with $11.2 million over a five-year period to fund academic research, fellowships and scholarships, as well as the appointment of a Chair in International Energy Policy.

Subject examples: Energy Technology Perspectives, Geopolitics of Energy and Resources, Law for Energy and Resources, Resource Development and Sustainable Management.

Duration: Two years full time however the assignments, projects and subsequent report may be undertaken off campus, enabling “˜fly-in, fly-out’ attendance for part time students.

For more information visit www.ucl.ac.uk/australia

Charles Darwin University – Associate Degree in Process Engineering

This degree has been developed in close collaboration with industry and government to meet the demand of the resources and oil and gas industry of northern Australia, as well as the South East Asian region. Delivery of the course is supported by staff and facilities of Charles Darwin University’s North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas.

The course provides the necessary academic background and practical training for mid-level engineering employment, such as engineering technical officers or site supervisors in the minerals and oil and gas industry. It includes a 12 week hands-on work experience component.

Subject examples: Plant Operation and Maintenance (12 weeks of industrial experience embedded), Cultural Intelligence and Capability, Project Management.

Duration: Full time 2 years, part time 4 years.

For more information visit www.cdu.edu.au

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