Explore, shape and protect the Earth's natural resources
Geological engineering is the application of engineering principles to the natural materials and fluids found in the earth, including rocks, soils, groundwater, petroleum and natural gas.
- As in all programs in our college, you will take a common first year, meaning that you will choose to specialize in geological engineering after that first year. You will be trained by our high-quality and caring faculty, to give you the best possible education in geological engineering.
It’s an exciting time for geological engineers from an employment perspective, particularly in Saskatchewan where mineral exploration and development are currently experiencing unprecedented growth. Indeed, the job opportunities are excellent and are likely to remain that way.
This option equips Geological Engineering students with a foundational knowledge of mining operations. Curricular emphasis is placed on process engineering, mine design, excavation techniques, and mineral deposits. Graduates of this option are anticipated to have an interest in the mining operations and are likely to pursue careers in the associated industry.
An "Option" within the College of Engineering is a prescribed set of courses that provides a concentration of specialized training in one particular field of study. Options are approved at the College level but are unique to Departments within the College, consisting of at least 18 credit units, none of which are core courses taken by all students within the Department.
- GEOE 218: Engineering Geology
Introduction to engineering geology and the engineering properties of geomaterials including strength, compressibility and permeability of soils and rocks. Labs, case studies and field trips emphasize slope stability, ground monitoring, instrumentation and the engineering significance of geological processes and geomaterials. Fundamentals of structural geology, applied geomorphology, site investigation technology, geophysics and airphoto interpretation.
- GEOE 315: Rock Mechanics
Physical properties of rock. Rock stress-deformation behaviour and failure. Laboratory and in situ testing.
- GEOE 412: Reservoir Mechanics
Fluid flow in hydrocarbon reservoirs; material balance equations; oil and gas well testing; waterflooding and EOR methods; fractional and segregated flow of immiscible fluids.
With a degree in geological engineering, you will have many career options, including some of the following:
- working with mining and petroleum companies
- consulting as an engineer in geotechnical and geoenvironmental settings
- working for provincial or federal government
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