Program Description The Petroleum Engineering Technology program trains students for highly technical jobs that support engineers, geologists and geophysicists working in the petroleum industry. Study focuses on data analysis and computer skills in geographic information systems (GIS) applications, PETRA, Microsoft ACCESS and EXCEL, and industry software. The program is five semesters and starts in the fall. Students complete coursework in four semesters and have the option to participate in a summer internship (3 credits) with on-the-job training. Classes include physical geology, petroleum geology, exploration and production, gas processing, data management, project management, reservoir engineering, GIS applications, safety, math and communications.
Preparation Potential students should have an interest in mathematics, computers, technology and working in the energy field. High school preparation should include classes in algebra, trigonometry, computer applications and physical science. A successful technician will be self-directed and able to work independently.
Program Requirements Completion of the suggested curriculum leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree.
Required minimum placement scores: ACT Math - 19 ACT English - 15 COMPASS Math (algebra) - 40 COMPASS English - 59
Career Opportunities The need for trained petroleum engineering technicians will be continuous for entry-level positions in the petroleum industry. Skill set is an important hiring factor because of the variety of job titles used in the oil industry that a petroleum engineering technologist can fill. Graduates may be employed in office or field environments.