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Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines
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Colorado School of Mines, also referred to as “Mines”, is a specialized, public teaching and research university in Golden, Colorado, devoted to engineering and applied science, with special expertise in the development and management of the Earth’s natural resources. Spread over an area of 373 acres, it is located close to the industry production, with many geological formations that are actively in production. It has also close to industry links enable collaboration, internships and information sharing. Mines has an SPE chapter, and benefits from knowledge that is pooled by the most important industry body.

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Colorado School of Mines offers a prestigious entry into petroleum engineering education through an interdisciplinary teamwork approach. The University focuses on laboratory and classroom training to prepare students with the knowledge required to perform in the industry.

Mines has special relationships with many prestigious institutions like: American Rock Mechanics Association, American Association of Drilling Engineers, U.S. Geological Survey and National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Students are also encouraged to take part in field operations in the summer break, while being guided by postgraduates. An exchange program allows one semester swaps with the Petroleum Engineering Departments of the Mining University of Leoben, Austria. The same applies to the Technical University in Delft, Holland. Mines also has an exchange arrangement with the University of Adelaide in Australia.

The Petroleum Engineering Department’s vision is to lead the Colorado School of Mines, in engineering, science, and technology challenges through education, research development, and management with consideration of engineering and science integrity, social responsibility, economic effects, ethical constraints, environmental impact, and safety concerns. It is their mission is to provide the necessary skills at the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education levels to serve the world in developing conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon resources, water resources, and geothermal energy, while promoting cutting-edge research to improve resource recovery, advancing technologies to combat environmental problems, such as carbon sequestration and other earth disposal processes, and to foster the socially responsible development of Earth’s resources.

Marquez Hall, is the state-of-the-art home of the Petroleum Engineering Department, includes a visualization center as well as numerous laboratories and classrooms equipped with the technology needed to keep students and research on the cutting edge. This building has greatly enhanced our existing facilities such as COMPUTER LABORATORY: A state-of-the-art computer laboratory is available for ­general use and classroom instruction. Software includes more than $5 million in donated industry software used by oil and gas companies and research labs around the world.

DRILLING SIMULATOR LABORATORY: Rare on university campuses, this lab contains a computer-controlled, full-scale drilling rig simulator. It includes drilling controls that can be used to simulate onshore and offshore drilling operations and well control situations.

RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION LABORATORY: Properties of rock are measured that affect economic devel­opment of reservoir resources of oil and gas. Measured properties include permeability, porosity, and relative per­meability. “Hands on” experiences with simple and sophisticated equipment are provided.

DRILLING FLUIDS LABORATORY: Modern equipment enables students to evaluate and design fluid systems required in drilling operations.

FLUIDS CHARACTERIZATION LABORATORY: A variety of properties of fluids from oil and gas reservoirs are measured for realistic conditions of elevated temperature and pressure. This laboratory accentuates principles studied in lectures.

Academic Programs

Many degree programs offer Mines undergraduate students the opportunity to begin work on a Graduate Certificate, Professional Master’s Degree, Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree while completing the requirements for their Bachelor’s Degree. These combined Bachelors-Masters/ Doctoral programs have been created by Mines faculty in those situations where they have deemed it academically advantageous to treat undergraduate and graduate degree programs as a continuous and integrated process. These are accelerated programs that can be valuable in fields of engineering and applied science where advanced education in technology and/or management provides the opportunity to be on a fast track for advancement to leadership positions. These programs also can be valuable for students who want to get a head start on graduate education.

Undergraduate Program

The primary objectives of petroleum engineering are the safe and environmentally sound exploration, evaluation, development, and recovery of oil, gas, geothermal, and other fluids in the earth. Skills in this branch of engineering are needed to meet the world’s ever-increasing demand for hydrocarbon fuel, thermal energy, and waste and pollution management.

One of the objectives in the Petroleum Engineering Department is to prepare students to succeed in an energy industry that is evolving into an industry working with many energy sources. Besides developing technical competence in petroleum engineering, you will learn how your education can help you contribute to the development of alternative energy sources such as geothermal. In addition to exciting careers in the petroleum industry, many petroleum engineering graduates find rewarding careers in the environmental arena, law, medicine, business, and many other walks of life.

One of the objectives in the Petroleum Engineering Department is to prepare students to succeed in an energy industry that is evolving into an industry working with many energy sources. Besides developing technical competence in petroleum engineering, you will learn how your education can help you contribute to the development of alternative energy sources such as geothermal. In addition to exciting careers in the petroleum industry, many petroleum engineering graduates find rewarding careers in the environmental arena, law, medicine, business, and many other walks of life.

Graduate Program

All disciplines within the field of petroleum engineering, which can be categorized into drilling, production, and reservoir engineering, are covered in depth at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Specific areas of focus are fundamental fluid and rock behavior, well design and construction, well completion and stimulation, formation evaluation, well testing, reservoir characterization, production operations and artificial lift, reservoir engineering and management, supplemental recovery, economic evaluation of petroleum projects and unconventional oil and gas reservoirs.