Petroleum Engineers are at the forefront of ensuring that we have an abundant supply of
oil and gas, in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner. With continued worldwide demand
for energy, there is no better time to be a Petroleum Engineer. Petroleum Engineering is
concerned with the exploration for and extraction of hydrocarbons, e.g. crude oil and natural gas.
Petroleum Engineers use creative and imaginative knowledge of petroleum geology, reservoir
behavior as well as fundamental engineering principles to develop effective and safe solutions for
the exploration, recovery and transportation of hydrocarbon products trapped underground, and
in very challenging environments.
Knowledge University (KNU) /Department of Petroleum Engineering (DPET) is one of the
best fields for exploration and production of oil and gas is located in Erbil city , the heart of the
energy industry in Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), providing services for the regional markets.
The distinctiveness of the Petroleum Engineering degree programme is provided by its
combination of excellence in both engineering and in petroleum geoscience. With engineering at
its heart, the programme draws upon well-established expertise in petroleum exploration and
geoscience within the University, and the local oil and gas industry, to provide students with a
multidisciplinary approach to addressing the challenges faced by petroleum engineers and the
petroleum energy industry sector.
Petroleum engineering is an exciting field of professionals dedicated to providing energy
that powers a modern society. The petroleum engineers look for oil and gas reservoirs beneath
the earth's surface. They develop the best and most efficient methods of bringing those resources
to the surface.
The (DPET) program in Knowledge University (KNU), is developed to serve the need of the
Kurdistan region for exploration and production processes. The program is a combination of
theoretical, practical and training aspects of petroleum engineering.
Our petroleum engineering program provides a foundation for professional development
with graduates fully able to work as petroleum engineers for oil and gas companies.
We aim to deliver an inspirational learning experience and pioneering work with a
practical emphasis. Our staff are innovative and creative practitioners who offer expertise in
their field and bring their own energy and enthusiasm to their work. Their knowledge filters into
our courses which are challenging and thought-provoking, making the Department of Petroleum
Engineering and Knowledge University an exciting and stimulating place for learning. And a
continuing program of the Department development ensures that students have access to one of
the best facilities and equipment in the region. As a growing engineering department of
petroleum and academic excellence, we are always pushing the boundaries of knowledge. We
have a vibrant and rapidly growing teaching community with expertise in such diverse areas as
Petroleum Geology, Drilling Engineering, Reservoir Engineering and Simulation, Engineering
Production, and expertise in other engineering fields such as Materials Engineering, Fluid Flow
and Engineering Design.At DPET we strive that our graduates attain:
1. The ability to apply knowledge of Mathematics that is fundamental to technical petroleum
2. The ability to identify, formulate, and solve practical petroleum engineering problems.
3. The ability to design petroleum processes and systems, to meet desired needs.
4. The ability to conduct petroleum engineering experiments to study different petroleum
engineering systems as well as to use laboratory instruments and computers to analyze and
5. The ability to function effectively within multidisciplinary teams.
6. The ability to work in a professional petroleum engineering environment, and to understand the
role of the petroleum industry in meeting world energy needs and the associated economic
considerations while preserving the environment.
7. The ability to communicate effectively in written, oral, and graphical forms, including the use of
professional quality visual aids, all in English language.
At The Department of Petroleum Engineering of KNU we strive to foresee visions as
• The Department of Petroleum Engineering will be one of the distinguished petroleum
departments in the region, renewing for the excellence, impact and distinctiveness of both its
research and teaching. The department will become the engineering choice in Kurdistan and the
region for students seeking a quality academic program with individualized attention in a high
• The Department of Petroleum Engineering challenges its students and employees to think
critically and independently, develop lifelong learning habits, acquire career skills, embrace
diversity and become productive petroleum engineers in the regional and global community. We
remain committed today to the goal of changing the Kurdistan Region for the better through the
power and application of ideas and knowledge.
• The aspiration of the DPET is to see the energy industry transformed through our graduates with
great knowledge and information by translating fundamental discovery into applied industry
The mission of Department of Petroleum Engineering (DPET) at Knowledge University is to
educate and graduate engineers who have enough knowledge and grounded in the fundamental
and specialized sciences. Students graduating from petroleum engineering program shall be well
prepared to serve the oil and gas industry through their technical knowledge, which make the
graduates capable of following different branches of petroleum engineering from exploration to
The graduates will be able to work in different divisions of the oil industry, such as exploration,
drilling, reservoirs development, and production as well as refining and gas processing.
KNU graduates' knowledge and skills embody principles like effective communication, critical thinking and project management skills are central to most careers. The study of petroleum engineering courses and the practical program at KNU equips you with these skills and more, which will be translated readily into any work context. Apart from your knowledge of crude oil and natural gas, you will leave with the confidence and skills that come from successfully completing a demanding course and participating fully in university life. Nevertheless, the following areas are the popular career opportunity for a graduate from DPET, such as;
- Reservoir engineer
- Drilling engineer
- Petroleum Production engineer
- Well log (Analyst) engineer
- Natural gas engineer
- Petroleum exploration engineer
- Petrochemical Engineer