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Petroleum Engineering at Slippery Rock University

   December Vol 8 Issue 8

Petroleum Engineering at Slippery Rock University
By: Slippery Rock University

Founded in 1889, Slippery Rock University has gained a trusted reputation for producing some of the best and brightest minds that strive to make a difference in the world. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program was established in 2016 and is designed to produce highly skilled graduates equipped with solid scientific knowledge and professional skills to achieve a rewarding career in an industry of high demand. This is due to the fact that Slippery Rock University is dedicated to teaching excellence. And, of course, the best place to house such an institution is in beautiful Slippery Rock. The 660-acre campus is less than an hour north of Pittsburgh Aside from the main buildings, the campus also has libraries, athletic facilities, and housing.

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering curriculum is designed to prepare students with solid scientific knowledge and hands-on exposure to state-of-art industry practices. Courses are designed to cover all areas in petroleum engineering including drilling, production, and reservoir engineering. Furthermore, courses related to production from unconventional reservoir engineering and hydraulic fracturing are included to train students on up-to-date petroleum engineering practices to further prepare them to succeed in the workforce. The petroleum engineering program includes several laboratories based courses including two advanced labs; Core Laboratory and Drilling Fluids Laboratory. All labs are equipped with state of-art devices, several of which are used by leading energy companies.

Our petroleum engineering program is designed to meet or exceed the requirements of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) to ensure our program meets the quality standards that produce graduates ready to enter the workforce. Although internship is not required, students are encouraged to take summer internships during their four years. Petroleum engineering faculties actively seek internship opportunities from engineering companies, design firms, and governmental agencies for students. All courses are be taught by dedicated teaching faculty and in some instances by professional engineers. Our faculty is dedicated to teaching excellence they care about students’ success. The highly qualified faculty also bring their professional, research and/or industry experience to the classrooms to enhance students’ learning experience.

Program Highlights
• A 128 credit program that can be completed in 4 years
• Hands-on engineering design experience
• Several laboratories based courses including two advanced labs; Core Laboratory and Drilling Fluids Laboratory
• Internship opportunities
• Face-time with dedicated teaching faculty
• Designed to meet ABET accreditation criteria
• Affordable: $33,500 to $86,700, less than other PNGE programs in the region