The Certificate Degree Program in Petroleum Technology is designed to prepare students for employment in the upstream 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 30 credit hours of study. Of the 30 hours, 6 are general education courses and 24 are specific to the petroleum industry. This program prepares students for continuation into the Associate of Applied Science Degree Program in Petroleum Technology or for direct employment into the emerging oil and gas industry. The curriculum focuses on the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are required for success in technician-level jobs within the upstream petroleum production industry.
Upon successful completion of the Certificate Degree in Petroleum Technology, graduates will be able to do the following:
- Demonstrate a functional knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of a technician associated with petroleum production such as a roustabout or entry level lease operator.
- Demonstrate the ability to perform safely the skills commonly associated with a technician working as a roustabout or entry level lease operator.
- Demonstrate a functional knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of a roustabout or floorhand working in land-based rotary drilling.
- Demonstrate the ability to perform safely the basic skills commonly associated with a technician working as a roustabout or floorhand including working with rotary tongs, elevators, and slips.
- Demonstrate the ability to recognize hazards commonly found in drilling and production operations.
The target population of the Certificate 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 to $50K annually with the ability to advance in position and income throughout their career. These students may be male or female. They would typically be persons who like to participate in competitive sports such as football, basketball, baseball, and racquetball. Members of the target population also typically enjoy year round outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing.
Gainful Employment Opportunities
- Students need to have a score of 19 or better in the Math portion of the ACT or SAT equivalent; or 36 or better on the COMPASS Algebra test; or have completed MATH 0081-0086 series.
- Students need to have a score of 18 or better in the English portion of the ACT or SAT equivalent; or a 71 or better on the COMPASS Writing Skills test; or have completed ENGL 0097 or 0098.
The Certificate Degree in Petroleum Technology program is designed to require two 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, falls, 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.