Uganda Petroleum Institute Diploma in Downstream Petroleum

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Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba Diploma in Downstream Petroleum Operations

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Diploma in Downstream Petroleum Operations (DDPO)
This two year diploma in Downstream Petroleum Operations (DDPO) curriculum is aimed at producing down stream petroleum technicians who are relevant to the industry and world of work. It is learner-centred and competence-based and emphasises acquisition of skills by the learners through practical teaching and execution of projects.

Programme Overview

Downstream is the final, and most varied, part of the oil and gas process. This could range from the refining of crude oil and processing and purifying natural gas, through to sales, marketing, product distribution and retail, and everything in between. It also includes the manufacture of petrochemicals and plastics. The downstream sector reaches consumers through products such as gasoline or petrol, kerosene or jet fuel, diesel, oil lubricants, waxes, asphalt, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)

Petrochemicals are chemical products made from the hydrocarbons feed stocks which are a basis of the petrochemical industries, namely methane, ethylene, propylene, butanes, butadiene, benzene, toluene and xylenes.

The petrochemical end products from those plants include plastics, (electronic equipment & furniture) soaps, detergents, solvents, paints, drugs, fertilizer, pesticides, explosives, synthetic textile fibers and rubbers, flooring and insulating materials,clothings antifreeze, pharmaceuticals (aspirin), cosmetics and much more.

Prospects for Downstream 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. Applied Chemical Engineering.
ii. Processs engineering
ii) Any other related course/ programme

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Objectives of the Programme

The main objective of the Diploma in Down Stream Petroleum Operations. (DDPO) is to equip trainees with expertise needed to solve problems in the down stream sector and induce practical skills that will enable them maintain safely facilities in the sector.
The programme will:

  1. Prepare students for a career in the oil and gas industry.
  2. Provide students with high quality programmes that will equip them with knowledge and skills that will give them a competitive edge on the oil & Gas job market;
  3. Provide students the underlying rudiments of the oil and gas value chain in terms of technical services and socio-ethical issues relevant to the local Oil and Gas industry.
  4. Expose students to a wide range of skills relevant to the local oil industry, thereby building human resource capacities for the oil and gas sector particularly for oil and gas reserves acquisition, design and development; maintenance and oil economics.
  5. Develop human centred critical and analytical thinking abilities of students.
  6. Expose students to the dignity of labour through field visits in collaboration with industrial players in the Oil and Gas industry including hands on training through internships.
  7. Establish partnerships with oil and gas industry players as a way of enriching the quality of the programme both locally and internationally. Uganda Petroleum Institute Diploma in Downstream Petroleum
  8. Inculcating health, safety, and environmental conservation so that the learners will implement down stream activities in a sustainable manner.
  9. Expose the students the underlying rudiments of the petroleum operations in terms of technical services and socio-ethical issues relevant to the local Oil and Gas industry.

About 70% of the total contact hours will be devoted to developing practical skills. The skills will be developed through demonstrations within the controlled conditions of the laboratories, and further during industrial training and field visits at relevant facilities. Class room learning will be learner-centred, with the lecturer playing the role of a guide in the learning process. Attitude to teamwork will be emphasized throughout the training process.

Learning Outcomes
After going through the DDPO Programme, the graduate will be able to:
(i) Apply the acquired knowledge and technical skills to sustain operations in the down stream operations.
(ii) Integrate health, safety and environment standards in the workplace;
(iii) Conserve the environment and biodiversity during implementation of day-to-day activities;
(iv) Demonstrate ability of maintenance of down stream facilities.


Credit Units Per Course
Fifteen (15) contact hours of class teaching are equivalent to one credit unit (CU). While 30 hours of practical work are equivalent to 1 CU. The CUs for each course unit shows the weight of each course.

Course Units in the DPPO Programme

Year I Semester I 

Course Code Course Name LH PH CH CU
DDPO 1101 Health, Safety & Environment 33 54 60 4
DDPO 1102 Overview of oil and gas Industry 41 08 45 3
DDPO 1103 IChemical and Process Engineering 38 44 60 4
DDPO 1104 Engineering Drawing 17 86 60 4
DDPO 1105 Applied Physical Sciences 60 00 60 4
DDPO 1106 Communication Skills 30 00 30 2
DDPO 1107 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) 33 54 60 4
Total Hours and Credit Units   25


Year I Semester II 

Course Code Course Name LH PH CH CU
DDPO 1201 Workplace Safety & Management 33 43 60 4
DDPO 1202 Refining Operations 40 40 60 4
DDPO 1203 Separation Processes 39 42 60 4
DDPO 1204 Piping Engineering 23 74 60 4
DDPO 1205 Mechanical Technology 38 42 60 4
DDPO 1206 Process Dynamics and Control 18 54 45 3
Total Hours and Credit Units   23


Year I Recess Term I

Course Code          Course Name                                                                          LH                    PH                CH              CU 
DDPO 1301 Industrial Training I  00  120  60  4
 Total Hours and Credit Units  4


Year II Semester I 

Course Code Course Name LH PH CH CU
DDPO 2101 Petrochemical processes 31 58 60 4
DDPO 2102 Thermodynamics 29 32 45 3
DDPO 2103 Rotating Equipment 30 30 45 3
DDPO 2104 Fluid Dynamics 28 34 45 3
DDPO 2105 Mechanical Maintenance 46 28 60 4
DDPO 2106 Electrical Fundamentals 34 22 45 3
Total Hours and Credit Units   20


Year II Semester II 

Course Code Course Name LH PH CH CU
DDPO 2201 Waste Management 33 24 45 3
DDPO 2202 Natural Gas Engineering 30 30 45 3
DDPO 2203 Petroleum Products Handling 30 30 45 3
DDPO 2204 Petroleum Economics and Contracts 24 42 45 3
DDPO 2205 Principles of Entrepreneurship 30 00 30 2
DDPO 2206 Student Project 0 150 75 5
Total  Hours and Credit Units   19


Year II Recess Term II

Course Code     Course Name                                                                LH                 PH                 CH            CU
 DDPO 2301  Industrial Training II                00  120  60  4
Total  Hours and Credit Units  4
 Total Graduation Load  95


The DDPO shall be taught in two academic years i.e. four semesters and the two Recess Terms for Industrial Training.

Entry Requirements
Considering the technical nature of the programme a candidate with science backgrounds shall be eligible for admission on meeting any of the following minimum qualifications:

a) Category A: Direct Entry: (A’ Level Entry)
Applicant must have atleast two principal passes in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physis.
a Subsidiary Pass in any of the following is added advantage:
Information technology, Technical Drawing & Biology.

b) Category B: Mature age entry
Applicant must have age 25 years or above, credit passes in Mathematics, English, General Science and petrol chemical experience.

c) Category C: Certificate Entry Scheme:
A credit Advanced or national Certificate in any of the following engineering
• 1 Electronics
• 2 Welding and Fabrication
• 3 Electrical Installation Systems and Maintenanc
• 4 Machining and Fitting
•5  Plumbing.
•6 Electronics Technology etc

d) Category E: Oil and Gas Professionals
(i) Applicant must have at least one year experience in the oil and gas or petrol chemical industry related programs:

Application Procedures
• JAB applications
• Direct applications to the Institute.


One thought on “Uganda Petroleum Institute Diploma in Downstream Petroleum

  1. Andrew Innocent Okure

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    Thank You… Andrew…. Soroti.


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