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Mining, oil and gas studies include all operations involved in the exploration, evaluation and extraction of minerals, metals, petroleum and fossil fuels from earth. Mining engineers investigate mineral resources and are responsible for planning and supervising the construction of mines. Petroleum and gas engineers evaluate crude oil and gas reservoirs and oversee drilling operations. Professional engineers in these fields are involved in all phases of extraction, from discovery, feasibility studies, optimisation of extraction, construction and maintenance of mines and wells, to the safety of the crew and evaluating effects on the environment.

Engineering schools and departments offer a wide range of concentration tracks within the area of mining, oil and gas. Typically, students and graduates of mining, oil and gas degrees choose a particular specialisation such as raw materials, processing, reservoirs, drilling and completion, production, mine management, and more.

Oil engineers spend a good amount of time in offices and laboratories, but also at mining or drilling sites. Their job can involve extensive travelling.

Graduates and professionals in mining, oil and gas work in the extraction industry, but also in research and development, legal advising, education, manufacturing and machinery design, or managerial positions. Example roles include mine manager, drill planner and designer, technical service manager, production engineer, government inspector, petroleum attorney, investment analyst, chief executive.

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Top Ranked Universities in Mining, Oil & Gas on ShortCoursesPortal

Universities Location Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2017) Mining & Mineral Engineering QS Rankings (2018) Mineral & Mining Engineering
Beijing, China 1 38
Brisbane, Australia 2 3
Changsha, China 3 28
Fukuoka, Japan 6 24
Perth, Australia 7 11
Cape Town, South Africa 8 -
Toronto, Canada 9 17
Berkeley, United States 10 -
London, United Kingdom 11 -
Sydney, Australia 12 5
Montréal, Canada 13 6
Nanjing, China 13 42
Beijing, China 15 -
University Park, United States 16 4
Shenyang, China 17 -
Sydney, Australia 19 2
Wuhan, China 20 -
Tehran, Iran 21 -
Zürich, Switzerland 22 -
Melbourne, Australia 23 -
Edmonton, Canada 24 18
Melbourne, Australia 25 14
Grenoble, France 26 -
Chengdu, China 27 -
Adelaide, Australia 28 -
Newcastle, Australia 29 30
Vancouver, Canada 30 6
Luleå, Sweden 31 -
Shushtar, Iran 32 -
Kraków, Poland 33 33
Delft, Netherlands 35 -
Beijing, China 36 -
Nancy, France 37 -
Seoul, South Korea 38 -
Stellenbosch, South Africa 39 -
Johannesburg, South Africa 41 22
Adelaide, Australia 42 20
Austin, United States 43 -
Istanbul, Turkey 44 -
Golden, United States 45 1
Helsinki, Finland 46 -
Salt Lake City, United States 47 18
Azadshahr, Iran 48 -
Tehran, Iran 49 -
Chongqing, China 50 -
Kingston, Canada - 6
Freiberg, Germany - 9
Santiago, Chile - 10
Aachen, Germany - 12
Tucson, United States - 13
Mexico City, Mexico - 16
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia - 21
São Paulo, Brazil - 25
Wollongong, Australia - 26
Jieshou, China - 27
Urbana, United States - 29
Istanbul, Turkey - 31
Moscow, Russia - 31
Copenhagen, Denmark - 32
Ottawa, Canada - 34
Khargapur, India - 35
George Town, Malaysia - 35
Houghton, United States - 37
Blacksburg, United States - 39
Brisbane, Australia - 40
Southampton, United Kingdom - 40
Exeter, United Kingdom - 43
Lisbon, Portugal - 44
Ankara, Turkey - 45
Bochum, Germany - 46
Aberdeen, United Kingdom - 47
Liverpool, United Kingdom - 47
Wuhan, China - 49
Birmingham, United Kingdom - 50
Tokyo, Japan - 50