13 September 13

Australia’s first master’s degree in subsea engineering

Curtin University has announced it will offer the first master’s in subsea engineering degree in Australia and New Zealand. Starting in 2014, the two-year master’s degree will train students in the latest technologies involving deep water oil and gas production. 

Prof Brian Evans, director oil and gas projects at Curtin, said projects relying on subsea systems and floating liquefied natural gas facilities had increased, resulting in the need for professionals to meet the challenges that exist in the harsh and extreme environment on deep water sea beds.

“In space, an aerospace engineer will be designing for an environment of only one atmosphere of pressure – in contrast to a subsea engineer designing for an environment with water depths in excess of 2km, where pressures can be 200atm, and equipment such as a simple rubber O-ring becomes a cold, very hard rock.

“Problems such as this one are common, and our master’s of subsea engineering will help build the number of engineers ready to get to work with companies developing equipment to operate in such conditions.”

Prof Evans said Curtin has also become a founding member of the Global Subsea University Alliance, a group of universities delivering master courses in subsea engineering, including the University of Houston, the National University of Singapore, the Federal University of Rio de Janiero, the University of Aberdeen and the University of Bergen.

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