Prospective students can find associate's degree, bachelor's degree and undergraduate certificate programs that provide preparation for future petroleum technicians. They are available at two-year colleges and four-year universities.
Schools with Petroleum Technician Programs
The following schools offer petroleum technician programs at various degree levels:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees, In-State (2015-2016)*|
|Bossier Parish Community College||Bossier City, LA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$4,070|
|Coastal Bend College||Beeville, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,576|
|Houston Community College||Houston, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,360|
|University of Alaska Anchorage||Anchorage, AK||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$5,545|
|Navarro College||Corsicana, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,568|
|North Central Texas College||Gainesville, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,832|
|Lewis and Clark Community College||Godfrey, IL||2-year, Public||Associate's||$8,256|
|Nicholls State University||Thibodaux, LA||4-year, Public||Associate's, Bachelor's||$7,348|
|University of Pittsburgh - Titusville||Titusville, PA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$11,604|
|Western Texas College||Snyder, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||$1,898 in-district, $2,808|
Source: * National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Prospective students should consider the following when selecting a school:
- Prospective students may want to look for schools with specialized petroleum technology training facilities.
- It can also be helpful to find out if the school facilitates internships, in which students may gain experience working alongside oil industry professionals.
- If you are more interested in becoming a scout who looks for potential drilling sites, programs that offer courses in land and leasing contracts, as well as information collecting and prospecting, might be a better fit.
- It can be beneficial to find out if the school is associated with oil industry partners, who may provide financial aid, paid internships and/or future networking opportunities.
Undergraduate certificate programs in petroleum technology consist of a short series of courses that introduce students to the fundamentals of the oil industry, including exploration, drilling, production, transportation, refinement and sales. Students are also familiarized with industry safety procedures. In total, certificate programs usually take about a year to complete.
Associate's Degree Programs
Associate's degree programs typically cover the same oil industry topics as certificate programs, but they also require students to fulfill general education requirements. Some programs also include professional certification exam preparation within the curriculum. Graduates are commonly awarded an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
At some schools, it is possible for students who already hold an associate's degree in petroleum technology or a closely related field to advance to a two-year bachelor's degree completion program in the field. Students in these programs may be required to declare a specific concentration area, such as safety technology or exploration and production. They are also granted credit for cooperative work experiences. Alternatively, some schools provide Bachelor of Science (BS) programs in petroleum engineering. Although an engineering degree is not required for work as petroleum technician, it can provide valuable background education.
Petroleum technology programs combine coursework on the economic and technical aspects of gas and oil drilling. Students can consider internship opportunities and specialization options when choosing between schools.