The University of Houston is now offering graduate engineering classes in Katy. The first classes started this fall and allow UH to serve the higher education needs of the area while a new UH System campus is built near I-10 and the Grand Parkway.

Increasing higher education opportunities in the region is a priority for UH and the UH System. The curriculum being offered by UH at the Houston Community College (HCC) Northwest-Katy Campus includes petroleum and subsea engineering classes, both in high demand along the West Houston Energy Corridor.

“UH has worked closely with our industry partners to identify courses that are relevant to the energy sector and the professional engineers already living and working in Katy,” said Joseph W. Tedesco, dean of the UH Cullen College of Engineering. “It is exciting to be able to launch these programs in Katy even sooner than we expected.”

A course on pressure transient testing explores the theory and application of pressure transient testing of oil and gas wells for determination of reservoir properties and near-well damage simulation. A subsea pipeline design course is covering a variety of lessons, including flow assurance, material selection, installation and construction, and inspection and integrity management.

The courses are open to degree-seeking students and, with the consent of the respective programs, non-degree-seeking students. The courses may be applied toward a master’s degree in petroleum or subsea engineering based on successful admission into the respective graduate programs.