Appalachian Petroleum Industry and Career Options

This course introduces the student to the Appalachian petroleum industry from its birth along the banks of Oil Creek in 1859 to the current emphasis on the Marcellus Shale gas play and the Utica Shale oil play.  The lessons cover the growth of the American energy industry from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio to the Midwestern states, and across the country including the Southwestern US. Next the course focuses on up-stream, mid-stream, and down-steam aspects of the petroleum industry before concentrating on various careers in drilling, services, and production in Appalachia. This class begins with an overview by the instructor and the students conducting research using the Internet. The students then make short presentations about their research using video slide presentations that they create. The course also includes a video slide presentation by the instructor on careers in the Appalachian petroleum industry.