PETROLEUM ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY COURSES
ENRT 101 Introduction to Energy Technology 4 credits
An introduction to the expanding industry known as "Energy." Students will learn about a variety of energy facilities from traditional to renewable, including but not limited to fossil fuel power plants, petroleum refineries, ethanol and biodiesel facilities, gasification plants, wind farms, geothermal and hydro power production facilities, natural gas processing facilities, petroleum production, water and wastewater treatment and others. The role of the technician in these facilities will be a focus, as will be the expectations and culture of the industry.
ENRT 105 Safety, Health and Environment 3 credits
This course covers the personal protective equipment and proper safe work practices and procedures commonly used in the energy industry. Students will also gain a working knowledge of standard safety, health and environmental practices and regulations set by various government entities.
PET 115 Petroleum Geology 4 credits
Students will be introduced to the field of geology and its application to the discovery and recovery of oil and natural gas. Rocks, minerals and geological processes (i.e., continental drift, mountain building, basin formation, weathering and erosion, etc.) will be studied. Theories of oil and natural gas formation will be discussed, and land forms, geologic patterns and structures associated with hydrocarbon deposits will be described.
PET 115L Petroleum Geology Laboratory 1 credit
Students will gain hands on experience with identifying rocks and minerals as well as recognizing and interpreting topographic and geologic maps; folding and faulting of the crust; analyzing drainage patterns of surface and ground water; earthquake loci; and the development of topographic surfaces through erosion and deposition.
PET 121 Petroleum Data Management I 3 credits
This course offers an overview and introduction to the common computer applications used by the petroleum industry, especially in the areas of exploration, discovery and development of major oil deposits. Students will be using documents, spreadsheets, PowerPoint, AutoCAD and other appropriate software.
PET 221 Petroleum Data Management II 3 credits
Continuation of Petroleum Data Management I; focus is on computer applications required for drilling, production, transportation and storage of oil and natural gas. Significant attention is paid to databases and database management, SQL, GIS applications and industry appropriate software.
PET 131 Petroleum Exploration and Production I 3 credits
Overview of the procedures involved in land and deep-water exploration and development of hydrocarbon deposits. Topics will include drilling and completing wells and development of production systems.
PET 131L Petroleum Exploration and Production I Laboratory 1 credit
Students will be exposed to drilling rigs, drilling rig safety, equipment used in drilling and supporting drilling and well completion activities.
PET 132 Networking for industry 2 credits
Students will study the theory and practice of networking computer systems necessary to extract data during the drilling, extraction and well completion activities. Troubleshooting and development of problem solving skills will be emphasized.
PET 231 Petroleum Exploration and Production II 3 credits
Continuation of PET 131 focusing on geological classifications, beam pumpers, drilling rigs, giant oil and gas fields, fracturing and other high tech, recently developed processes.
PET 231L Petroleum Exploration and Production II Laboratory 1 credit
Students will be exposed to drilling and recovery processes and the engineering technician's role in these activities. Emphasis will be on practical application of relevant computer software, and operation of equipment and instrumentation used by technicians.
PET 241 Principles of Reservoir Engineering 3 credits
Students will study the engineering techniques and calculations used in the development, operation and management of hydrocarbon reservoirs.
PET 251 Well Completions 3 credits
Analysis of drilling and wellbore data needed to develop well completion plan.
PET 255 Petroleum Operations 3 credits
Students will explore the principles and practical applications of onshore and offshore operations leading to hydrocarbon recovery.
PET 258 Natural Gas Production 3 credits
Students will explore the recovery, transport, storage and treatment of natural gas.
PET 258L Natural Gas Production Laboratory 1 credit
Students will engage in hands on application of the principles, equipment and instrumentation used in natural gas production.
PET 261 Petroleum Project Economics 2 credits
Exploration of the factors that determine the profitability of oil fields and the development of data needed to make these determinations.