Major Code: 265
The Energy Technology program is designed to prepare students for employment in the natural gas drilling, gathering and field operations industry including Marcellus and Utica Shales and to give students a basic understanding of renewable energy technologies. The program provides a strong foundation in oil and gas exploration, production, including development in the Appalachian Basin. Students also learn about alternative energy technologies and their applications including geothermal, solar and wind. Laboratory classes include a strong emphasis on hands-on experiences. Safe work practices are emphasized and several industry certifications are embedded within the curriculum.
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.
- Use orifice measurement to meter gas.
- Apply principles of hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical systems to the drilling, production, and services industries.
- Explain alternative energy technologies and applications
The program qualifies graduates for employment in such positions as field technicians, pumpers, drilling technicians, measurement technicians, compressor operations, and many others. As the energy transition continues, an understanding of alternative energy system operations will become increasingly important.
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, Well Control Awareness Training, FEMA Introduction to Hazardous Materials Training
CIP Code: 150903