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2013 - 2014 Academic Catalog

Petroleum Technology

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Program Purpose: 

The Associate of Applied Science Degree Program in Petroleum Technology 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.

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 curriculum focuses on the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are required for success in technician-level jobs within the upstream and midstream segments of the petroleum industry.

Opportunities: 

The target population of the AAS Degree Program in Petroleum Technology is both traditional and non-traditional college students who are seeking a career in a high demand and highly technical career field offering entry level salaries of $35 to $60K annually with the ability to advance in position and income in the near future and throughout their careers. A limited number of career positions are also typically available in office support positions for persons with an AAS degree in Petroleum Technology.

These students may be male or female. They would typically be persons who like to participate in competitive sports such as football, basketball, baseball, and racquetball. Members of the target population also typically enjoy year round outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing.

A student may complete a summer internship if a compatible opening is available.

Students successfully completing the AAS program in Petroleum Technology typically will have received an opportunity to earn the following professional certifications associated with the petroleum industry:

  • 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

The following are possible career options for persons who complete all the studies in the AAS degree program in Petroleum Technology and successfully complete the Petroleum Technology Exit Exam:

Production Related Careers:

  • Roustabouts in support of production operations.
  • Pumpers, lease operators, well tenders. May be a long term position.
  • Compression technicians.
  • Measurement technicians.
  • Echometer technician.
  • Flowback technicians.
  • Water handling and disposal techs.
  • Well completions technicians.

Drilling Related Careers:

  • Roustabouts in support of drilling operations.
  • Floorhands for drilling. This is the beginning of a career path in drilling.
  • Rigging and load handling technician.
  • Fishing Tool Technician.
  • Mud engineers. (Typically requires additional training.)

Services Related Careers:

  • Floorhands for well servicing. This is the beginning of a career path in well servicing.
  • Flowback technicians.
  • Water handling and disposal techs.
  • Logging operators/engineers. (Typically requires internship and/or additional training.)
  • LWD and MWD technicians. (Typically requires internship and/or additional training.)
  • Mud logging technicians. (Typically requires internship and/or additional training.)
  • Rigging and load handling technician.
  • Pressure Pumping Services Careers:
    • Frac crew member/operator.
    • Flowback technicians.
    • 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.
  • Other Careers:
    • Geophysical technicians.
    • Assistant to the Geologists.
    • Site preparation manager trainee.
    • Supply store sales (Delivers supplies and equipment to field locations).
    • Manufacturer’s representative.
    • Rigging and load handling technician.
    • Lab technicians.
  • HSE Related Careers:
    • EHS/HSE technicians (Particularly if student already has a bachelor’s degree in a science or health related field).
    • Assistant to HSE Manager.
Program Specific Enrollment Requirements: 

The Petroleum Technology AAS program requires four 15 credit hour semesters with combined class, lab, and study times of up to 45 hours per week. The amount of personal study times may vary for students depending upon academic abilities and physical capabilities. The program includes a significant amount of reading of manuals, books, job aids, study guides, and other printed materials. Mathematic calculations are routine in studies and field work.

Physical requirements during on-campus labs, field trips, and internship includes walking over uneven ground with potential seen and unseen obstacles and tripping hazards, lifting and carrying objects up to 50 pounds or more, listening for auditory warnings and alerts, and avoiding potential pinch points, caught-betweens and other hazards.

Students are also expected to pursue on campus and off campus opportunities to participate in technical meetings/seminars and invest a part of their personal time in industry societies and organizations as well as career networking opportunities that may be made available to students.

Students interested in careers in this industry should be aware that the following working conditions are typical: working outdoors in summer and winter, working as a member of a crew or working alone, the possibility of heavy lifting, as well as working with common and specialized hand-tools. Jobs in this field require mental and physical alertness. Stringent ongoing drug testing is typical, and background checks are typically required prior to employment. Frequently, there are strict limitations on tobacco and cell phone use.

Program Total Credit Hours: 
60 CHs
Support Coursework: 
15 CHs

INFO 1100

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1005

Written English for Industry
3
CH(s)

PTRM 1100

Appalachian Petroleum Industry and Career Options
3
CH(s)
Program Specific Required Coursework: 
45 CHs

PTRM 1102

Health Safety and Environment - Hazard Recognition
3
CH(s)

PTRM 1104

Production Technology with Hands-on Lab
3
CH(s)

PTRM 1105

First Aid/CPR for the Petroleum Industry
1
CH(s)

PTRM 1107

Rigging for Land-Based Oil and Gas Operations
2
CH(s)

PTRM 1109

Drilling Technology with Hands-on Lab
3
CH(s)

PTRM 1113

Free Plunger Lift with Hand-on Lab
3
CH(s)

PTRM 1115

Sucker Rod Pumping with Hands-on Lab
3
CH(s)

PTRM 2219

Hydraulic and Pneumatic Applications for Petroleum with Lab
3
CH(s)

PTRM 2200

Soft Skills/Leadership Skills for Technical Professions
3
CH(s)

PTRM 2202

Well Completions Design and Operations with Hands-on Lab
3
CH(s)

PTRM 2206

Applied Chemistry for Petroleum with Lab
4
CH(s)

PTRM 2211

Supervisory Level Well Control with Hands-on Lab
3
CH(s)

PTRM 2213

Gas Measurement with Hands-on Lab
2
CH(s)

PTRM 2215

Electrical, Analog and Digital Applications for Petroleum with Lab
3
CH(s)

PTRM 2217

Petroleum Geology of Appalachia
2
CH(s)
Program Specific Elective Coursework: 
4 CHs

PTRM 2221

Advanced Internship/Cooperative Work-Based Experience
2
CH(s)

PTRM 2223

Well Log Interpretation with Lab
2
CH(s)

PTRM 2225

Well Servicing with Hands-on Lab
2
CH(s)

PTRM 2227

Pressure Pumping Operations
2
CH(s)

PTRM 2229

Off-Road Diesel Forklift/Manlift Operations for Petroleum
2
CH(s)

PTRM 1199

Special Topics in Petroleum Technology
0-4
CH(s)

PTRM 2299

Special Topics in Petroleum Technology II
0-4
CH(s)
Model Schedule
First Semester

INFO 1100

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

PTRM 1100

Appalachian Petroleum Industry and Career Options
3
CH(s)

PTRM 1102

Health Safety and Environment - Hazard Recognition
3
CH(s)

PTRM 1104

Production Technology with Hands-on Lab
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
Second Semester

ENGL 1005

Written English for Industry
3
CH(s)

PTRM 1105

First Aid/CPR for the Petroleum Industry
1
CH(s)

PTRM 1107

Rigging for Land-Based Oil and Gas Operations
2
CH(s)

PTRM 1109

Drilling Technology with Hands-on Lab
3
CH(s)

PTRM 1113

Free Plunger Lift with Hand-on Lab
3
CH(s)

PTRM 1115

Sucker Rod Pumping with Hands-on Lab
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
Third Semester

PTRM 2219

Hydraulic and Pneumatic Applications for Petroleum with Lab
3
CH(s)

PTRM 2200

Soft Skills/Leadership Skills for Technical Professions
3
CH(s)

PTRM 2202

Well Completions Design and Operations with Hands-on Lab
3
CH(s)

PTRM 2206

Applied Chemistry for Petroleum with Lab
4
CH(s)

PTRM ELEC

Petroleum Technology Elective
2
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
Fourth Semester

PTRM 2211

Supervisory Level Well Control with Hands-on Lab
3
CH(s)

PTRM 2213

Gas Measurement with Hands-on Lab
2
CH(s)

PTRM 2215

Electrical, Analog and Digital Applications for Petroleum with Lab
3
CH(s)

PTRM 2217

Petroleum Geology of Appalachia
2
CH(s)

PTRM ELEC

Petroleum Technology Elective
2
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
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