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Petroleum Technology

Program Contact: 

Ron Walsmith, Coordinator
(304) 366-6762


Kimberly Cale
Administrative Assistant
(304) 367-4961

Pierpont's Petroleum Technology Associate of Applied Science degree program is designed to prepare students for employment in the upstream and midstream segments of the oil and gas industry. As the exploration and development of petroleum and shale gas resources expands in the Marcellus, Utica and other regional geological formations, excellent employment opportunities exist throughout this region and across the country for students who complete this program.

Successful candidates for the two-year AAS Degree Program in Petroleum Technology come from all backgrounds. This highly technical, in-demand career offers entry-level salaries of $35 to $60K annually with significant opportunity for advancement in both salary and position. Graduates can expect many career options ranging from Production and Drilling to Petroleum Services and Engineering Support and related fields.

The program includes 60 credit hours of study. Of the 60 hours, 15 are general education courses and 45 are specific to the petroleum industry. The first 30 hours of the AAS program is a one-year Certificate Degree in Petroleum Technology. The curriculum focuses on the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are required for success in technician-level jobs in this rapidly growing industry.

Admission Requirements

In addition to being accepted for regular admission at Pierpont C&TC, students must also meet the following requirements:

  • Students need to have a score of 19 or better in the Math portion of the ACT or SAT equivalent; or 36 or better on the COMPASS Algebra test; or have completed MATH 0081-0086 series.
  • Students need to have a score of 18 or better in the English portion of the ACT or SAT equivalent; or a 71 or better on the COMPASS Writing Skills test; or have completed ENGL 0097 or 0098.

Professional Certifications & Employment Opportunities

Students completing the AAS in Petroleum Technology typically receive the following professional certifications:

Medic First Aid/CPR; SafelandUSA HSE; OSHA 30 Hour – General Industry; IADC WellCap – Supervisory or Fundamental Level in Well Control; Off-Road Diesel Forklift Operations Training Certificate. In addition, students will receive a Certificate Degree in Petroleum Technology following the first year of study.

Below is just a partial list of career pathways a successful Petroleum Technology graduate could take.

Production Related Careers:
Roustabouts in Support of Production Operations
Pumpers, Lease Operators, Well Tenders
Compression Technician
Measurement Technician
Echometer Technician
Flowback Technician
Water Handling and Disposal Technician
Well Completions Technician

Drilling Related Careers:
Roustabouts in Support of Drilling Operations
Floorhands for Drilling
Rigging and Load Handling Technician
Fishing Tool Technician
Mud Engineers (may require additional training)

Services Related Careers:
Floorhands for Well Servicing
Flowback Technician
Water Handling and Disposal Technician
Logging Operator/Engineer (may require additional training)
LWD and MWD Technician (may require additional training)
Mud Logging Technicians (may require additional training)
Rigging and Load Handling Technician

Pressure Pumping Services Careers:
Frac Crew Member/Operator
Flowback Technician
Rigging and Load Handling Technician
Cementing Crew Member/Operator

Engineering Support Related Careers:
Assistant to Production Engineer
Assistant to Completions Engineer
Assistant to Reservoir Engineer
Assistant to Production Manager
Assistant to Drilling Manager

HSE Related Careers:
EHS/HSE Technicians (may require additonal training)
Assistant to HSE Manager

Other Careers:
Geophysical Technician
Assistant to the Geologist
Site Preparation Manager Trainee
Supply Store Sales (delivers supplies and equipment to field locations)
Manufacturer’s Representative
Rigging and Load Handling Technician
Lab Technician

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