Tech Electives

In conjunction with the EME department, SPE Penn State offers technical electives.  These are 1 credit weekend classes that are taught by industry professionals.

The four short courses below are typically offered once a semester.

All students majoring in PNG E are required to take 6 technical elective credits.  3 of those credits can come from SPE short courses.  Priority registration for technical electives is given to upperclassmen with the highest attendance at SPE meetings, so please come to meetings and don’t forget to sign in! Information about registering for technical electives will be sent via Angel email, so make sure you are on the SPE listserv.

We are always looking for additional short courses to help students satisfy technical elective requirements.  If you know someone in the industry who teaches a course in a technical discipline and who would be willing to volunteer to teach Penn State students, please contact our .

Assessment, Classification, and Reporting of Reserves and Resources

Course already took place for the 2015-16 academic year. 

Assessment, Classification, and Reporting of Reserves and Resources is a 1-credit course provided by Gaffney, Cline, and Associates (GCA). In this course, students will learn how to define and estimate reserves and resources according to the Petroleum Resource Management System and the Securities Exchange Commission.

Hydraulic Fracture Analysis

Course already took place for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Hydraulic Fracture Analysis is a 1-credit course taught by professionals from Carbo Ceramics on hydraulic fracture design and analysis using Fracpro software.

Harbison-Fischer Pump Class

Course already took place for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Harbison-Fischer is committed to serving the sub-surface oil field rod pump market. Our technically trained, professional staff specializes in solving our customers’ downhole rod pump problems and provides the highest quality products in a timely manner.

In this class students will learn about sucker-rod pump technology. The course is usually 1 credit and free for undergraduates.

Wild Well Control Certification Class

Course already took place for the FALL 2015 semester. 

The training program features the most advanced simulator system available worldwide. The simulators use actual well data to mimic possible downhole conditions – recreating all types of operational difficulties – to test the operator’s ability to resolve each unique situation and avoid a blowout in a realistic setting. The instructors also utilize case histories of blowouts and other well control events to teach prevention and control using proven adult learning technologies and multiple simulators for support.

The following are a few of the differentiating features of Well Control Training:

· Extended simulator exercise that are realistic and practical

· State-of-the-art Simulator mobile facility

· Accelerated Format

· Case Histories & Wild Well Control’s unmatched experience in well control operations

Usually 1 credit and free for undergraduates.


The ARIES short course is very competitive, as a cap size of only 18 students is set.