Mineral and Petroleum Resources Engineering is concerned with the techniques and tools of earth sciences, mining, energy systems and oil and gas engineering principles to exploits the natural resources of the subsurface earth for safe and sustainable use, development, detection, extractions and management that provide a capability to satisfy a stated need or objective with which people utilize material resources of their environment to satisfy their need and make life better for the benefits of mankind.
Specifically, Mineral and Petroleum Resources Engineering is all about wealth resources of the Earth. Resources of the earth consists of oil mineral, solid mineral, natural gas and water resources systems. It is a field of study that encompasses all the three state of matter i.e. Solid, Liquid and Gas. Nigeria is one of the richest countries in the world with these resources, knowing fully that the energy that drives a nation is largely conditioned within the subsurface earth and to tap these wealth, Nigeria need high level management (technicians and technologists) who should be the capable work force in exploration and exploitation of these resources .
Mineral and Petroleum Engineering Department was approved by the academic board in 2015 under the past Rector, Dr. (Mrs) M. K. Ladipo. The programme was approved to run in polytechnics by National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in 2013 and Yaba College of Technology is the first to start the new programme, others that are running Mineral Resources Engineering are in the process of changing nomenclature to reflect the new programme.
This epoch feat is incomplete without the tremendous and unflinching support of the new Rector, Engr. Obafemi Omokungbe who commence the programme by providing the department with five (5) laboratories in Mining, Mineral analysis and processing, Petroleum as well as Geology and Geophysical and the recruitment of highly qualified academic staff.
The Department of Mineral and Petroleum Engineering is with the view of producing high level management who should be capable of carrying out core analysis, produce drilling fluids, mineral analysis, petrophysical analysis and water analysis as well as groundwater borehole drilling. Students will be involve in exploration of Geology of the earth, Mining operations, Mineral processing, Quarry operations, Drilling operations, Reservoir evaluations, well testing and logging interpretations, Petroleum production, Natural gas processing as well as Groundwater development. The Department has five laboratories equipped with high-tech equipment in Mining Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Mineral Analysis and Processing Engineering, and Geology and Geophysics.
This interdisciplinary field combines the sciences in the following areas
The goal of the Department is to produce high level management who should be technically self-sustaining, competent, and intelligible and have interdisciplinary skills upon the successful completion of the programme. At national diploma level (ND), the department aim to provide students with solid technical competence and analytical skills require for solving problems and being self-reliance. The knowledge and skills to be achieved through academic programme by the students are: