- Course: Petroleum Engineering MEng
- Nationality: Kazakhstani
Why did you decide to study MEng Petroleum Engineering at the University of Leeds?
Since my foundation year, I knew that I wanted to study Petroleum Engineering and it was only a matter of choosing the right course. Compared to other universities, Petroleum Engineering at Leeds had subjects that can realistically be applied to industry. The University of Leeds is also one of the leading university's in the UK according Kazakhstan's national scholarship program. So I attended an open day and met some students from my country as well as volunteers, who explained everything to me before I applied. I have not been disappointed that I chose Leeds.
What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University and why?
The best aspect of studying here is the lecturers, they are really enthusiastic about their job. It also stimulates me to learn more about my subject. Additionally, I would like to add that the clear deadlines and descriptions of each assignment makes it very easy and understandable.
Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed so far?
I have completed two group projects in the first and second year and currently I am working on my design project. In my opinion, the final design project brings everything that I have learnt so far into one big project. This is a really good chance to experience actual industry work, because we have been supervised as well as being free to do our own gas/oil field development; starting from simple calculation of pressure loss up to economical and environment considerations of the project.
What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?
Leeds is the perfect place for students, it has good public transport, night life and a lot of events happening throughout the year such as the Christmas market in winter, movie festivals in spring, socials and science festivals in summer.
What are your ambitions for the future?
I would like to go back to my country and apply my knowledge at the biggest reservoir that has been discovered in the last 30 years. The oil field there hasn't produced a barrel of oil yet, due to high pressure in the reservoir, so I would like to be a part of the team that will solve this challenge. The rest of my career I will probably spend on developing and designing engineering equipment and software that would increase the efficiency of oil fields.
What Experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?
I have been studying Reservoir Simulation and Drilling and Production Technologies that actually give me a good idea of how reservoirs are created and how to take oil out of them. I also think that combinations of a variety of subjects as well as good social skills I have developed over the three years will help me to reach my goals.
What would you say to students coming to do the same course?
Work hard and take it serious and you will enjoy it.
Tell us about your summer internship?
I did a summer internship at Baker Hughes Inc. Russia Caspian where I worked on the project Khazar-2 in the Caspian Sea. My role was to develop an ongoing project in a team of interns and supervisors. We came up with a convincing offshore project that is in fact working today.
What do you think you have gained out of the experience?
I improved my communication, writing and team working skills. I also applied all my theoretical knowledge into a real project and I have seen all the production and drilling tools up close. Primarily, I gained industrial experience and felt real time pressure at work.