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Accreditation

The bachelor of science in Petroleum Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org

Department of Petroleum Engineering

Mission Statement
To provide a quality education in Petroleum Engineering that combines theory and practice for undergraduate and graduate students.  This education will produce Petroleum Engineers who provide value to employers and society immediately upon graduation and who can grow in the practice of professional engineering.  Graduates will be prepared to meet the challenges of well drilling and completion, oil and gas production operations, and reservoir engineering management anywhere in the world.  The program will emphasize service to the community and industry, dedication to continuous learning, and high ethical standards.

A. Program Educational Objectives

The educational objective for the Petroleum Engineering program consists of broad statements that describe the basic purpose of the program.  :

Department Program Objectives:
The objective of the Petroleum Engineering program is to produce graduates who successfully
practice the Petroleum Engineering profession as demonstrated by
:
a. continued professinal employment
b. job promotion
c. expanding career responsibility,
d. and society membership and participation

B. Program Outcomes

Program outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.  These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the degree program.  The general program outcomes can be further described by a series of statements that are derived from “ABET Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs, 2010-2011”.  These outcome statements are listed below:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within  realistic     
constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety,
manufacturability, and sustainability
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) an ability to communicate effectively
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global,
economic, environmental, and societal context
(i)  a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j)  a knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for
engineering practice.

The Petroleum Engineering bachelor’s degree program at Montana Tech has specific program criteria as described below:

The program will demonstrate that graduates have competency in:

  • Mathematics through differential equations, probability and statistics
  • Fluid mechanics, strength of materials, and thermodynamics
  • Design and analysis of well systems and procedures for drilling and completing wells
  • Characterization and evaluation of subsurface geological formations and their resources using geoscientific and engineering methods
  • Design and analysis of systems for producing, injecting and handling fluids
  • Application of reservoir engineering principles and practices for optimizing resource development and management
  • Use of project economics and resource validation methods for design and decision making under conditions of risk and uncertainty