Welcome to the Department of Petroleum Engineering

Welcome Message

You are joyfully welcome to the Department of Petroleum Engineering in the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SEET) of the foremost University of Technology in Nigeria. Our main focus is to produce graduates with intellectual and technical competence to tackle challenges in global energy demand.


Our program is accredited by both the Nigeria Universities Commission (NUC) and Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) haven met all the requirements for engineering training in Nigeria.


To provide effective and excellent educational training through innovative teaching and evolving research activities using our unique academic curriculum and engagement enticing learners of diverse ethnicity and nationalities.

Vision Statement

To be among global leaders in petroleum engineering education, research, and innovation, dedicated to contributing immensely to the future of the energy industry. We strive to cultivate a dynamic learning environment that fosters excellence, empowers faculty and students, and promotes sustainable practices in the exploration, production, and utilization of petroleum resources. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, cutting-edge technologies, and industry partnerships, we aim to equip our graduates with the knowledge, skills, and ethical values necessary to address the challenges and opportunities of the evolving energy landscape. Our petroleum engineering department aspires to make significant contributions to the advancement of energy solutions, environmental stewardship, and socioeconomic development while producing industry-ready professionals who can drive progress and impact communities worldwide positively.


Specific Goals

In order to achieve our vision, we will focus on the following specific goals:

  • Train our students with a well-balanced curriculum in petroleum engineering education.
  • Cultivate a culture of innovation and creativity in our faculty and students.
  • Build strong partnerships with industry and government to support our research and education programs.
  • Promote the responsible development of our planet’s energy resources.

We believe that by working together, we can create a brighter future for the petroleum engineering profession and the world.

History of the Department

The Petroleum Engineering Programme started as Petrochemical Science and Technology Programme in the School of Natural and Applied Science (SNAS) now School of Science (SOSC) in 1981 with less than twenty students. At the inception of the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SEET) in October 1982, the Petrochemical Science and Technology Programme was restructured (i.e in terms of the curriculum), and renamed the Petroleum Engineering Programme, and transferred to the School as one of the six specific programme areas (the others are Agricultural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical/Electronics Engineering and Mechanical Engineering). The Programme started at Lake Nwaebere Campus (a temporary site for the University) and lectures started in October the same year. In November 1983, Engr. R. M. Aguta (Late) was appointed the Co-ordinator of the Programme until October 1987 when the Senate of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri; approved the introduction of the Chemical Engineering Programme. The Senate also approved the merger of Petroleum Engineering Programme with the Chemical Engineering Programme the same year; with Dr A. I. Njiribeako (now Prof.) as the Co-ordinator. The Petroleum Engineering Programme graduated its first set of students during the 1986/87 session. Following the NUC seminar held in Kaduna in 1988 on courses offered by Federal Universities of Technology, and the subsequent decision of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri to operate a departmental structure, the joint programmes was renamed the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering (CHEM/PET) in 1988 with Dr I. A. Njiribeako (now Prof.) acting as the first Head of Department, followed by Dr B. Obah (now Prof.). Following the movement of the entire University to its permanent site in 1993, the Department was relocated to the new site at New Owerri. On the 28th May 1998, the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department was split into two full-fledged Departments:

  1. The Department of Chemical Engineering
  2. The Department of Petroleum Engineering

Dr B. Obah (now Prof.) became the Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering on 28th May 1998 when the Chemical/Petroleum Engineering was split into two Department (the Chemical Engineering Department and the Petroleum Engineering Department respectively). He was succeeded by Dr Okorie Chukwu (15th January 2000 – 30th April 2002). Between (April 2002 – April 2004) Dr I. A. Njiribeako was deployed from the Chemical Engineering Department to Head the Petroleum Engineering Department. He was succeeded by Dr R. M. Aguta in (April 26 2004 – March 28 2006), followed by Dr A. I. B Ekejiuba from March 28, 2006, until October 30, 2008, when he handed over to Engr. Dr K. B. Oyoh (Reader). Between March 2010 to 2011, Engr. Dr M. S. Nwakudu took over. He was succeeded by Prof. B. Obah in October 2012 until June 2013, when he handed over to Engr. Dr Anyadiegwu (July 2013 to June 2015) and was succeeded by Prof. K. O. Okpala (July 2015 to June 2016) and later handed over to Engr. Dr S. I. Onwukwe on (July 2016 to June 2018). He was then succeeded by Engr. Dr N. C. Izuwa from (June 2018 till date). 

The Department of Petroleum Engineering graduated it’s first set of students during the 1986/87 session. The Department benefitted from Petroleum Development Trust Fund (PTDF), under its University upgrade system. On the 14th of April 2010, PTDF handed over a complete and well-furnished building with modern teaching and laboratory equipment. Subsequently, every staff moved from the old site to the new site.

Academic Staff List

1Engr. Prof. B. ObahProfessor
2Engr. Prof. K. C IgwiloProfessor
3Engr. Prof. S. I. OnwukweProfessor
4Engr. Dr. N OhiaAssociate Professor
5Engr. Dr. I. U. A. OguamahLecturer I
6Engr. Dr. J. O. OsehLecturer I
7Engr. Dr. A. N. NwachukwuSenior Lecturer
8Engr. Dr. A. O. ChikweSenior Lecturer
9Engr. Dr. N. U. OkerekeSenior Lecturer
10Engr. Dr. N. C. NwoguSenior Lecturer


Laboratory Staff List

1Mr. G. O. NduwubaChief Technologist
2Engr. C. M. UkwujiaguPrincipal Technologist
3Engr. Mrs. A. Q. EnehPrincipal Laboratory Technologist
4Mrs. C. B. N. NwadikePrincipal Technologist
5Engr. C. F. DikeTechnologist II
6Engr. D. U. OgbonnaTechnologist II

Undergraduate Courses / Course Allocation

Undergraduate Courses

100 Level

MTH 101Elementary Mathematics I3, 1, 04C
PHY 101General Physics I2, 1, 14C
BIO 101Biology for Physical Sciences2, 0, 13C
CHM 101General Chemistry I2, 1, 14C
ENG 101Workshop Practice 10, 0, 11C
ENG 103Engineering Drawing 10, 0, 11C
GST 101Use of English1, 1, 02C
GST 103Humanities1, 0, 01C
IGB 101Use of Igbo Language1, 0, 01O
FRN 101Use of French Language1, 0, 01O

MTH 102Elementary Mathematics II3, 1, 04C
PHY 102General Physics I2, 1, 14C
CHM 102General Chemistry I2, 1, 14C
ENG 102Workshop Practice 10, 0, 11C
ENG 104Engineering Drawing 10, 0, 11C
GST 102Use of English1, 1, 02C
GST 110Sci, Engineering in Society1, 0, 01C
GST 108Social Science I1, 1, 02C
IGB 102Use of Igbo Language1, 0, 01O
FRN 102Use of French Language1, 0, 01O


200 Level

MTH 203Ordinary Differential Equation2, 1, 03C
STA 211Intro. to Statistics and Probability2, 1, 03C
CSC 201Computer & Application2, 1, 14C
ENG 201Workshop Practice III0, 0, 11C
ENG 203Engineering Drawing III0, 0, 11C
ENG 207Into. To Engineering Materials1, 0, 12C
ENG 217Engineer in the Society0, 0, 11C
ENG 213Engineering Mechanics1, 1, 02C
ENG 209Engineering Thermodynamics2, 1, 03C
GST 201African and Nigerian Cultural Dev.1, 0, 01C

MTH 202Mathematical Methods III2, 1, 03C
ENG 206Workshop Practice IV0, 0, 11C
ENG 226Intro. To Elect./Electronics Eng.1, 1, 13C
ENG 224Engineering Dynamics1, 1, 02C
ENG 212Engineering Economy1, 1, 02C
ENG 208Intro. To Engineering Materials II2, 0, 02C
ENG 214Comp. Program for Engineering Application1, 0, 12C
PET 202Intro to Pet. Engineering1, 0, 12C
PET 204Basic Geology2, 0, 13C
SIW 200Second Year Long Vacation (SIWES)0, 0, 22C



ENG 207: Introduction to Engineering Materials (1, 0, 1) 2 Units

A general classification of materials based on atomic and crystal structures. Atomic bonding, imperfections, slip lines dislocations. Mechanical properties of materials, fracture stress, the yield stress of elastic and plastic materials. Ductility, impact strength, hardness, creep and fatigue properties such as corrosion phenomena, control and prevention of corrosion. Alloying theory and solidification cooling curves illustrated by

CSC 201: Computer & Application (2, 1, 1) 4 Units

Two state system; converting number system, logic theory; logic operation; Boolean algebra combination and there various realization.

Minimization techniques; various codes synchronous and asynchronous sequential logic (adder, counter, decoder, multiplexer, etc.). State assignment, minimization and finite state machine. Realization, fault diagnosis and threshold logic limitation of a sequential circuit. Design examples to digital systems. Computer systems: Input/output, interface and peripheral devices such as a keyboard, mouse, disk, network, protocol examples e.g. RS232 and electronics.

Memory devices, the local area and wide area network, two-state systems, converting number system, logic theory, logic operation, Boolean algebra combination and their various realizations.

ENG 203: Engineering Drawing III (0, 0, 1) 1 Unit

Projections: Review of isometric, oblique and axonometric projections. Auxiliary view for detailing, sectioning, true lengths sizes and shapes.

Standard dimensional conventions: Dimensions and tolerances, charts and graphs, Interchangeability units, fits, tolerances, and allowances, machine drawing – keys and keyways, screw bearing, coupling, pipe, pipe fittings, valves, gears, etc. Working instructions such as surface finish, welding and machining symbols.

Use of datum or reference points, lines or planes. Dimensional features for holes, tapers, profiles.

Electrical/electronic symbols, wiring; connection or breadboard diagrams; schematic diagrams.

ENG 213: Engineering Mechanics I (1, 1, 0) 2 Units

Definition of the mass centre, gravity centre, mass, a moment of inertia. Equilibrium equations for particles and rigid bodies (forces and moments). Potential and kinetic energy. Preservation of energy. Principle of virtual work. Examples on linkages and mechanism, flexible connections, cams and work. Motion, the relative motion of links. Nomenclature for gear geometrics.

ENG 209: Engineering Thermodynamics I (1, 1, 0) 2 Units

Definition of terms and general concepts of systems, surrounding process, temperature, heat, work and energy.

The first law of thermodynamics, application to heat engines. Entropy and the second law, combined First and Second Laws. Ideal gases Joule-Thomson’s coefficient. Equilibrium processes. Maxwell’s relation. Two-phase systems. Thermodynamic functions of the solution. P.V.T. relationship. Work from heat pump refrigeration.

ENG 201: Workshop Technology I (1, 0, 1) 2 Units

Laboratory and Workshop: (Basic hours) – Safety rules and regulations. Sources of accidents and prevention, safety gears, safe working environment/condition, ergonomics, laboratory and workshop layouts, working procedures, fire fighting equipment and operations, Lighting and signs, etc. Electrical trades (Power, Electronics, telecommunication), Civil Trades (Building Construction, Roads, Dams, Hydraulics, Sanitation, etc.)

Benchwork: (9 Hours) – Introduction to workshop tools. Use and care of hand tools. Measuring instruments and their uses and equipment, bench fittings. Practical project.

Woodwork: (9 Hours) – Woodwork machines and working principles, operation of machines. Simple woodwork project for fitting and joining.

Machining: (18 Hours) –Introduction to machine tools, their general characteristics. Simple operations of turning, drilling, grinding, milling, threading, horning, buffing, reaming. Introduction to turret lathes, milling machines (horizontal, vertical and universal), Grinding machines (surface grinder, internal grinding machine, external grinding machine, universal grinding machine, shaping machine) Simple practical project)

Fabrication: (9 Hours) –Introduction to fabrication machines, rolling, bending, ribbing, notching, shearing, etc. Operation of machines. Simple project on metal fabrication.

Electrical Wiring: Electrical wiring system: domestic and industrial setup.

300 Level

ENS 301Intro to Entrepreneurial Skills1, 0, 12R
ENG 305Strength of Materials2, 0, 02R
ENG 315Principles of Engineering Surveying2, 0, 03C
ENG 309Fluid Mechanics2, 0, 13C
ENG 313Technical Report Writing1, 1, 02C
PET 301Drilling Technology I2, 1, 03C
PET 317Petroleum Geology2, 0, 13C
ENG 307Engineering Analysis2, 1, 03C

ENG 308Engineering Analysis II2, 1, 03C
ENG 314Industrial Studies II1, 0, 12R
PET 302Drilling Fluids Tech.2, 0, 24R
PET 304Reservoir Engineering I2, 1, 03C
PET 306Pet Production Engineering I2, 1, 03C
PET 310Heat and Mass Transfer2, 1, 03C
SIW 300Third Year Long Vacation (SIWES)0, 0, 22C

400 Level

ENG 405Engineering Mgt. & Law1, 1, 02C
PET 401Drilling Technology II2, 0, 13C
PET 403Reservoir Engineering II2, 1, 03C
PET 405Pet. Prod. Engineering II2, 1, 03C
PET 407Well Logging2, 1, 03C
PET 409Applied Geophysics in Pet. Exploration2, 1, 03C
Elective2, 1, 03C
PET 413Alternative Energy Sources
PET 411Oil Pollution and Control
PET 415Petroleum Engineering Rock Mechanics

SIW 4004th?Year Second Semester SIWES4C
SIW 4014th?Year Long Vacation SIWES2C

500 Level 

PET 501Drilling Technology III2, 1, 03C
PET 505Reservoir Modelling and Simulation2, 1, 03C
PET 507Project 10, 0, 33C
PET 509Seminar 1 (Observatory)2, 1, 03C
PET 519Petroleum Economics2, 1, 03C
PTE 517Natural Gas Engineering2, 1, 03C

PET 502Reservoir Engineering III2, 1, 03C
PET 504Pet. Prod. Engineering III2, 1, 03C
PET 506Enhanced Oil Recovery2, 0, 02C
PET 508Project II2, 1, 02C
PET 510Seminar II (Participatory)2, 1, 03C
Elective II2, 1, 03C
Elective III2, 1, 03C
PET 511Petroleum Transportation and Storage
PET 512

Course Allocation

  1. PET 301 : Drilling Technology (*K. C. Igwillo; N. Uwaezuoke; N. P. Ohia and Udechukwu) 
  2. PET 317: Petroleum Geology (*A. O. Chikwe; J.U. Obibuike; Ibeh, S. and Nwanwe, O. 
  3. PET 401: Drilling Technology II (*I. U. Duru; N.P. Ohia; A. Kerunwa and Ibeh, S.) 
  4. ENG 309: Fluid Mechanics (*N.C. Izuwa; N. C. Nwogu and M. Udechukwu) 
  5. PET 403: Reservoir Engineering II (*S. I. Onwukwe; A. Kerunwa and Ibeh, S,) 
  6. PET 405: Petroleum Production Engineering II (A. O. Chikwe; A. Nwachukwu; M. I. Onyejwkwe and U. I. Duru)  
  7. PET 407: Well logging (*B Obah; N. C. Izuwa; N. P. Ohia and Odo Jude)
  8. PET 409: Applied Geology in Petroleum Exploration (*Ohia N. P.; B. Nzeribe and I. Oguama) 
  9. PET 413: Alternatiive Energy Sources (* A.I. B. Ekejiuba; M.I. Onyejekwe and N. C. Nwogu)
  10. PET 411: Oil Pollution and Control (*C. I. C. Anyadiegwu; B. Nzeribe and Onyebuchi Nwanwe) 
  11. PET 415: Petroleum Engineering Rock Mechanics (*N. C. Izuwa; N. U. Okereke; Odo Jude and I. Oguama)
  12. PET 501: Drilling Technology III (*K. C. Igwilo; A. Nwachukwu and U. I. Duru) 
  13. PET 505: Reservoir Modelling and Simulation (*B. Obah; K.C Igwilo; A. Nwachukwu; O. Nwanwe) 
  14. PET 511: Petroleum Transportation and Storage (*A. O. Chikwe; N. Uwaezuoke; N. U. Okereke and M. Udechukwu) 
  15. PET 517: Multiphase Flow in Pipes (*C. I. C. Anyadiegwu; J. U. Obibuike; A. Kerunwa and Odo Jude) 
  16. PET 519: Petroleum Economics (*A.I.B. Ekejiuba; M.I. Onyejekwe and J. U. Obibuike) 
  17. PET 513: Offshore Operations (*B Obah; S. I. Onwukwe; U. I. Duru and N. U. Okereke) 
  18. PET 521: Natural Gas Engineering (C. I. C. Anyadiegwu; N. C. Izuwa; I. Oguama and N. Uwaezuoke) 

Academic Programme

The academic programme in Petroleum Engineering is structured as follows:

  • Undergraduate Programme – Five (5) Years.
  • Each year is composed of two semesters (Harmattan and Rain Semester).
  • A total of 182-course units are required for a B. Eng. in Petroleum Engineering.

Class of Degrees that could be awarded include:

  • First Class – [4.50 – 5.00]
  • Second Class Honours Upper – [3.50 – 4.49]
  • Second Class Honours Lower – [2.40 – 3.49] 


The academic programme for post-graduate is summarized as follows: 

  • The PGD Programme involves two (2) years of course work and one (1) year of research.
  • The Masters Programme in the Department of Petroleum Engineering involves one (1) year of course work and one (1) year of research work.
  • PhD programme involves one (1) year of course work before research work begins.

Lectures Timetable

8:30 – 9:309:30 – 10:3010:30 – 11:3011:30 – 12:3012:30 – 1:301:30 – 2:302:30 – 3:30
MondayMTH 101PHY 101 ?(SMAT Lecture Theatre)GST 101 ?(SMAT Lecture Theatre)BIO 101 ?(SMAT Lecture Theatre)GST 201 ?(SMAT Lecture Theatre)MTH 203 ?(SMAT Lecture Theatre)ENG 201 (HM)
(SMAT Lecture Theatre)ENG 209 (HM)ENG 305 (HM)ENG 305 (HM)PET 317 (RM III)PET 317 (RM III)ENG 313 (SMAT THEATRE)
ENG 209PET 401 (RM IV)PET 401 (RM IV)PET 411 (RM IV)PET 411 (RM IV)PET 403 (RM IV)ENG 405 T (HM)
(HM)PET 511 (RM V)PET 511 (RM V)PET 511 RM V)PET 517 (RM V)PET 517 (RM V)PET 521 T ?(RM V)
PET 513 (RM III)PET 513 (RM III)
TuesdayMTH 203 ?(SMAT ?Lecture Theatre)CHM 101 ?(SMAT Lecture Theatre)ENG 101(HM)MTH 203 (SMAT Lecture Theatre)IGB 101 (SMAT Lecture Theatre)ENG 103 (SMAT Lecture Theatre)STA 211 (SMAT Lecture Theatre)
ENG 309 (HM)ENG 309 (HM)PET 413 (RM IV)PET 403 (RM IV)ENG 307 (HM)ENG 307 (HM)
PET 413 T (RM IV)PET 413 (RM IV)PET 415 (RM III)PET 509 T ( RM V)PET 403 (RM IV)PET 521 (RM V)ENG 203 (HM)
PET 415 (RM III)PET 501 (V)PET 521 (RM V)
PET 501 (RM V)
WednesdayPHY 101 (SMAT ?Lecture Theatre)MTH 101 (SMAT ?Lecture Theatre)GST 101 (SMAT ?Lecture Theatre)BIO 101 (SMAT ?Lecture Theatre)LECTURE FREE PERIOD ?
ENG 207 (HM)ENG 207 (HM)ENG 213ENG 213 (HM)
PET 409 T (RM IV)PET 301 (RM III)PET 310PET 310 T (RM III)
PET 407 T (RM IV)PET 505PET 519 T (RM V)
PET 505 (RM V)
PET 519 (RM V)PET 405 (RM IV)PET 501PET 517 T (RM V)
PET 510 T
(SMAT THEATRE)ENG 217 (HM)ENG 217 (HM)ENG 307 T (HM)ENG 405 (HM)ENG 405 (HM)
ENG 209 TPET 407 (RM IV)PET 407 (RM IV)

Engr. Dr. Ugochukwu I. Duru

Head of Department, Petroleum Engineering
Senior Lecturer,
PhD, M.Eng.; B.Eng. (Petroleum Engineering)

Email: ugochukwu.duru@futo.edu.ng, duruugoo@gmail.com

Scopus ID: 35118861100

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7920-804 | Ugochukwu Ilozurike DURU‬ – ‪Google Scholar | Ugochukwu Ilozurike Duru (researchgate.net)

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