The Petroleum Technology program is designed to prepare students for employment in the natural gas drilling, gathering and field operations industry associated with development of the Marcellus and Utica Shales. The program provides a strong foundation in oil and gas exploration, production, and development in the Appalachian Basin. Laboratory classes include a strong emphasis on hands-on experiences. Safe work practices are emphasized and several industry certifications are embedded within the curriculum. Note: Hands-on outdoor labs may require travel to Fairmont, WV.
In addition to General Education Outcomes, upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
- Follow conventional industrial safety practices.
- Perform procedures and tasks commonly used in production of oil and gas in the Appalachian Basin.
- Correctly and safely use lifting equipment and rigging hardware in the handling of machinery, supplies, and loads.
- Demonstrate correct procedures to use in various drilling technologies.
- Explain considerations that go into designing a well completion.
- Use orifice measurement to meter gas.
- Apply principles of hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical systems to the drilling, production, and services industries.
Job opportunities for graduates of the program are high as the oil and gas industry is one of the fasting growing industries in the region, if not the nation. Production workers are in high demand as employers move to extract the gas and associated petroleum liquids from the Marcellus and Utica Shales. The program qualifies graduates for employment in such positions as field technicians, pumpers, drilling technicians, measurement technicians, compressor operations, and many others.
Job Titles: Board Operator, Gauger, Hydrotreater Operator, Outside Operator, Pumper, Unit Operator
Wage and Employment Trends:
- Median Wages (2016) $27.15 hourly, $56,470 Annual
- Employment (2016): 15,000 Employees
- Projected growth (2016-2026): Much faster than average (15% or higher)
- Potential Industry Credentials Earned: SafeLands USA, OSHA 30 hour General Industry completion card, CPR/First Aid, Compressor Basic Training, Weld Control Awareness Training, FEMA Introduction to Hazardous Materials Training
CIP: 15.0903 NCES CIP Title Associated with Major: Petroleum Technology/Technician.