Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

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Today, in scope with the world’s gradually increasing demand for oil and gas sectors, we are at the forefront in petroleum education and technology. The high demand for petroleum engineers in the sector of oil and gas production is projected to remain well in the 21st century.

Petroleum and natural gas engineering is a broad-based discipline concerned with the development, exploration, transportation and storage of oil and gas resources. Petroleum and natural gas engineers plan and supervise drilling and well-completion programs, design and select drilling and production equipment, design pipelines for oil and gas transportation, storage, estimate reserves, and manage oil and gas properties.

The undergraduate program in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering is a four-year program. Throughout the first two years, basic science courses such as mathematics, physics, and chemistry and basic engineering courses related with Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering curriculum are studied. In the last two years, business-specific courses are taught. Those who complete this program are entitled as Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineers.

Prof. Dr Cavit ATALAR
Head of the Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

The mission of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Department is to conduct a program of excellence in teaching and research and provide students with the necessary knowledge in drilling, production, reservoire engineering to ensure that they achieve the highest possible success in their future professional careers.


  • Apply knowledge of mathematics and related science to diagnose and solve petroleum engineering problems
  • Master the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools in petroleum engineering
  • Design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data
  • Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as industrial, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • Develop ability to work in multidisciplinary teams
  • Formulate, and solve petroleum engineering problems
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • Ability to communicate effectively

Job Opportunity:
The oil and gas industry is a progressive and highly technical business which offers quite extensive opportunities to young engineers throughout the World. Petroleum and natural gas engineering graduates may get a responsible position within the structure of an oil company, establish a consulting business, or become an independent oil producer. In general, a petroleum and natural gas engineer may find employment with any industry or state or institution which requires a specialist/expert in activities related to oil and gas engineering.

Petroleum and gas engineers live and work in many countries, understand other cultures, Develop a network of friends from all nations, especially in their sectors. Petroleum companies have great influence and offer attractive salaries to engineers. It is a fact that there is a great demand in this sector for qualified petroleum engineers and almost every young graduate in petroleum engineering gets a job offered by the largest national and international companies such as British Petroleum (BP), Royal Dutch Shell, American Shevron and Exxon Mobil, Norwegian Statoil, Total (French), Saudi Aramco, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, Qatar Petroleum, Nigerian National Petroleum, Abu-Dabi Nationalal, National Iranian Oil Company, Iraqi Oil Ministry, Russian Rosneft, Gazprom, Lukoil, Sonatrach, SOCAR Azerbaijan, Eni (Venezuela) etc. Recently, the oil and gas exploration efforts around the island of Cyprus showed promising results which signals the forthcoming recruitment opportunities for Petrol and Natural Gas Engineers in Cyprus. In addition, Near East University who is the leader and pioneer of contemporary programs in Cyprus is also recruiting Petrol and Natural Gas Engineers.