Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Rakestraw, Nathan

Program Coordinator, Petroleum Technology Program
(304) 534-7807
223B Advanced Technology Center (ATC), Fairmont
Program Purpose: 

The Associate of Applied Science Degree Program in Petroleum Technology is designed to prepare students for employment in the upstream and midstream segments of the oil and gas industry. As the exploration and development of petroleum and shale gas resources expands in the Marcellus, Utica and other regional geological formations, excellent employment opportunities exist throughout this region and across the country for students who complete this program.

The program includes 60 credit hours of study. Of the 60 hours, 18 are general education courses and 42 are specific to the petroleum industry. The curriculum focuses on the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are required for success in technician-level jobs within the upstream and midstream segments of the petroleum industry.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the Associate Degree in Petroleum Technology, graduates will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate a functional knowledge of duties and responsibilities of a technician associated with petroleum production such as a roustabout, lease operator, meter technician, compressor technician, geological technician, or engineering technician
  • Demonstrate the ability to safely perform skills commonly associated with working as a production technician working in flowing production, beam pumping, free plunger lift, production surface equipment, gas measurement, compressor operations, flowback operations, or cased-hole wireline operations
  • Demonstrate a functional knowledge of duties and responsibilities of a well simulations hand, cementing operations hand, or a well servicing crew member in support of and drilling and/or production operations.
Opportunities: 

The target population of the AAS Degree Program in Petroleum Technology is both traditional and non-traditional college students who are seeking a career in a high demand and highly technical career field offering entry level salaries of $35,000 to $60,000 annually with the ability to advance in position and income in the near future and throughout their careers. A limited number of career positions are also typically available in office support positions for persons with an AAS degree in Petroleum Technology.

A student may complete a summer internship if a compatible opening is available.

Program Specific Admission Requirements: 

Students must meet the general admission requirements of Pierpont Community & Technical College. Incoming expectations include, but are not limited to, pre-requisite courses. For example, a course may not require any specific coursework, but the course assumes students have a working knowledge of certain math concepts.

Program Specific Enrollment Requirements: 

The Petroleum Technology AAS program requires four 15 credit hour semesters with combined class, lab, and study times of up to 45 hours per week. The amount of personal study times may vary for students depending upon academic abilities and physical capabilities. The program includes a significant amount of reading of manuals, books, job aids, study guides, and other printed materials. Mathematic calculations are routine in studies and field work.

Physical requirements during on-campus labs, field trips, and internship includes walking over uneven ground with potential seen and unseen obstacles and tripping hazards, lifting and carrying objects up to 50 pounds or more, listening for auditory warnings and alerts, and avoiding potential pinch points, caught-betweens and other hazards.

Students are also expected to pursue on campus and off campus opportunities to participate in technical meetings/seminars and invest a part of their personal time in industry societies and organizations as well as career networking opportunities that may be made available to students.

Students interested in careers in this industry should be aware that the following working conditions are typical: working outdoors in summer and winter, working as a member of a crew or working alone, the possibility of heavy lifting, as well as working with common and specialized hand-tools. Jobs in this field require mental and physical alertness. Stringent ongoing drug testing is typical, and background checks are typically required prior to employment. Frequently, there are strict limitations on tobacco and cell phone use.

Program Total Credit Hours: 
60 CHs
Support Coursework: 
15 CHs

COM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

ENGL 1109

Technical Report Writing
3
CH(s)

MTH 1203

Applied Math for Industry
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

PHY 1068

Technical and Physical Science
3
CH(s)

PTRM 1100

Appalachian Petroleum Industry and Career Options
3
CH(s)
Program Specific Required Coursework: 
45 CHs

ENRG 1010

Fluids I
3
CH(s)

ENRG 1031

DC and AC Circuits
4
CH(s)

PTRM 1102

Health Safety and Environment - Hazard Recognition
3
CH(s)

PTRM 1104

Production Technology with Hands-on Lab
3
CH(s)

PTRM 1107

Rigging for Land-Based Oil and Gas Operations
2
CH(s)

PTRM 1109

Drilling Technology with Hands-on Lab
3
CH(s)

PTRM 1117

Introduction to Midstream Gas Operations
3
CH(s)

PTRM 2202

Well Completions Design and Operations with Hands-on Lab
3
CH(s)

PTRM 2208

Artificial Lift
3
CH(s)

PTRM 2211

Supervisory Level Well Control with Hands-on Lab
3
CH(s)

PTRM 2213

Gas Measurement with Hands-on Lab
2
CH(s)

PTRM 2217

Petroleum Geology of Appalachia
2
CH(s)

PTRM 2223

Well Log Interpretation with Lab
2
CH(s)
Program Specific Elective Coursework: 
4 CHs

PTRM 1120

Summer Internship
2
CH(s)

PTRM 1199

Special Topics in Petroleum Technology
0-4
CH(s)

PTRM 2225

Well Servicing with Hands-on Lab
2
CH(s)

PTRM 2227

Pressure Pumping Operations
2
CH(s)

PTRM 2229

Off-Road Diesel Forklift/Manlift Operations for Petroleum
2
CH(s)

PTRM 2289

Guided Experience
1-4
CH(s)

PTRM 2299

Special Topics in Petroleum Technology II
0-4
CH(s)
Model Schedule
First Semester

MTH 1203

Applied Math for Industry
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

PTRM 1100

Appalachian Petroleum Industry and Career Options
3
CH(s)

PTRM 1104

Production Technology with Hands-on Lab
3
CH(s)

ENRG 1010

Fluids I
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
Second Semester

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

EMMS 1109

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Workplace Safety
1
CH(s)

PTRM 1107

Rigging for Land-Based Oil and Gas Operations
2
CH(s)

PTRM 1109

Drilling Technology with Hands-on Lab
3
CH(s)

PTRM 1117

Introduction to Midstream Gas Operations
3
CH(s)

PTRM 1102

Health Safety and Environment - Hazard Recognition
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
Summer Semester

PTRM 1120

Summer Internship
2
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
2 CHs
Third Semester

PTRM 2208

Artificial Lift
3
CH(s)

COM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

PTRM 2202

Well Completions Design and Operations with Hands-on Lab
3
CH(s)

PHY 1068

Technical and Physical Science
3
CH(s)

PTRM ELEC

Petroleum Technology Elective
2
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
Fourth Semester

PTRM 2211

Supervisory Level Well Control with Hands-on Lab
3
CH(s)

PTRM 2213

Gas Measurement with Hands-on Lab
2
CH(s)

ENRG 1031

DC and AC Circuits
4
CH(s)

PTRM 2217

Petroleum Geology of Appalachia
2
CH(s)

ENGL 1109

Technical Report Writing
3
CH(s)

PTRM 2223

Well Log Interpretation with Lab
2
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
16 CHs
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