This two-year diploma in Upstream Petroleum Operations (DUPO) curriculum is aimed at producing Upstream Petroleum technicians who are relevant to the industry and world of work. It is learner-centred and competence-based and emphasizes acquisition of skills by the learners through practical teaching and execution of projects.
The oil and gas industry is usually divided into three major sectors: upstream, midstream and downstream. Upstream is the first part of the oil and gas process.
It primarily involves the exploration for crude oil and natural gas fields, as well as its recovery and production. This sector is widely referred to within the oil and gas industry as the E&P (exploration and production) stage. Common areas within the upstream process include searching for oil deposits, either underground or underwater, the drilling of exploratory wells and, if deposits are found, the operation of these wells to bring found deposits to the surface. Upstream is a highly scientific area of oil and gas, with Geologists and Geophysicists involved from the outset to seek out where deposits may lie. Aside from these roles, potential jobs within the upstream oil and gas sector include Platform Installer, Petroleum Engineer and Pipeline Engineer.
Prospects for Upstream Operations Program
These graduates may opt to further their skills and education by offering a certificated and eventually a degree in any of the following areas:
i) Petroleum Engineering
ii) Reservoir Engineering
iii) Petroleum Geoscience
iv) Petroleum Geophysics
v) Petroleum Geologist
vi) Any other related course /programme