Petroleum Technology – A.A.S.

PROGRAM INFORMATION: The Petroleum Technology Degree will help prepare students for careers in the oil and gas industry where they will perform the duties of lease operators and function as a member of oil and/or gas production team. Graduates from the program will be responsible for ensuring that oil and natural gas well-flow rate and product quality is maintained at optimal levels. They will be required to perform basic maintenance and equipment repair. Through leading by example, employees are expected to lead, guide and train other lease operators. They must ensure that all regulatory and environmental standards are strictly adhered to and appropriate records are maintained.

Program Demand and Occupational Need: Employers in the oil and gas industry report considerable difficulty recruiting qualified individuals to fill open positions. This is party attributable to characteristics of the industry. The oil and gas boom has resulted in increased demand for workers in this and related positions. According to employers, this trend is expected to continue. Competition for qualified workers continues to increase, especially in the rural counties of Limestone, Freestone, and Leon, where natural gas production is booming. EnCana Oil and XTO Energy have asked Navarro College to implement an oil and gas production training program to train workers for employment in these counties. Other companies including Marathon are also interested in employing graduates from the program.

Industry partners, oil and gas companies, indicate that starting salaries range from upper $40,000 to $60,000 annually.

Curriculum: The certificate program requires students complete 40 semester hours that includes technical courses from the Workforce Education Course Manual.

A cooperative education class is used to verify workplace competencies. Students successfully completing the program will be awarded an oil and gas production technology certificate.

Freshman Year

Fall

PTRT 1301Overview of Petroleum Industry

3

PTRT 1313Industrial Safety

3

PHYS 1415Physical Science I

4

OR

Approved Science

4

MATH 1314College Algebra

3

OR

MATH 1332Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning)

3

INMT 2345Industrial Troubleshooting

3

OR

RBTC 1309Pneumatics

3

OR

INTC 1305Intro to Instrumentation

3

Total Credit Hours:16

INTC 1305: Required for Automation Certificate

Spring

PTRT 1317Natural Gas Processing

3

OR

ELPT 1311Basic Electrical Theory

3

PTRT 1307Recovery and Production Methods

3

OR

ELPT 1325Survey of National Electric Code

3

PTRT 2323Natural Gas Production

3

Creative Arts

3

ENGL 1301Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:15

ELPT 1311, ELPT 1325: Required for Automation Certificate

Sophomore Year

Fall

PTRT 2280Cooperative Education

2

OR

PTRT 1291Special Topics Capstone

2

PTRT 1309Corrosion Basics

3

OR

ELPT 1341Motor Control

3

PTRT 1312Petroleum Regulations

3

OR

ELMT 1301Basic Prog Logic Controlers

3

PTRT 1321Oil Field Hydraulics

3

OR

RBTC 1355Sensors

3

SPCH 1321Business & Professional Communication

3

OR

SPCH 1315Public Speaking

3

Total Credit Hours:14

ELPT 1341, ELPT 1301, ELPT 1355: Required for Automation Certificate

Spring

BMGT 2309Leadership

3

PTRT 2359Petroleum Computer Applications

3

PTRT 2332Artificial Lift

3

OR

ELMT 2339Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers

3

PTRT 1391Natural Gas Processing II

3

OR

ELPT 2325National Electrical Code II

3

ECON 2302Principles Economics Micro

3

OR

GOVT 2305Federal Government

3

OR

HIST 1301United States History I

3

Total Credit Hours:15

ELMT 2339, ELMT 2325: Required for Automation Certificate