About this course…

Cooperative effort is increasingly important in the petroleum industry as teams of geologists, geophysicists, engineers, and operations personnel work together to solve complex problems. The Petroleum Engineering SuperSchool is an intensive, immersive, program designed to provide the technical fundamentals needed for effective teamwork across the breadth of activities in the upstream petroleum industry. The program is a hybrid of six days of in-person, face-to-face learning coupled together with online modules to be finished individually over a nine-week time frame.

Who should attend?

The SuperSchool is especially designed for new engineers with a non-petroleum engineering background, new geologists and geophysicists, operations personnel, and non-technical management personnel. Past attendees have come from companies such as: Anadarko, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Pioneer Natural Resources, Saudi Aramco, PVDSA, PEMEX, Schlumberger, Whiting, El Paso E&P Company, US Army and US Department of Energy.

Teaching philosophy

Classes are taught with small groups, authentic problems, and timely feedback to provide a vibrant learning environment. This approach makes the SuperSchool more of a workshop than a lecture course. Problem solving with real world field cases are used, together with hands-on experiences in the state-of-the-art computer lab, oral presentations, and two days of field trips. A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the school.

SuperSchool modules

Course work in the school is arranged such that the face-to-face week will expose attendees to the basics of upstream operations and set a baseline of knowledge. During this week, attendees will experience certain laboratory operations, take two field trips (one geologic in nature and one to review field operations) and develop a cohort that will help in the following online modules. Within the online modules, topics such as geological concepts, exploration techniques, environmental issues, drilling, stimulation, economics and data analytics are covered in depth. A complete listing of the modules and topics is available. Learn more…


The in-person section of the course will be taught on the campus of Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado USA. Learn more…

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Travel and accommodations

Registrants are responsible for their own travel arrangements, transportation, lodging, and meals. Additional information is available through the links below.

Further technical information

For more information about the course content, please contact: Petroleum Engineering Department
Colorado School of Mines
Phone: 303.273.3740
E-mail: jmiskimi@mines.edu

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