Petroleum Technologist

Petroleum technologists work in all sectors of the oil and gas industry. Depending on where they are employed, they may oversee well production and production technicians, or they may supervise pipeline technicians, process technicians, or instrumentation and electronics technicians.
Petroleum technologists must have a thorough understanding of all aspects of the sector in which they are working. For example, petroleum technologists working at the well site need to be familiar with all drilling operations. They supervise hydraulic fracturing, completion operations set up, and equipment installation.

General Education Core Competencies (15-21 credits)


C1 - Natural Gas and Oil Technology

(Core - 15-21 credits)


  1. Introduction to The Natural Gas & Oil Industry
  2. Safety (Industrial, Hazard, Gas/Oil Operations)
  3. Introduction to Maintenance & Troubleshooting
  4. Introduction to Circuit Analysis And Basic Electrical Measurements
  5. Basic Emergency Response Procedures
  6. Environmental Protection Methods And Devices for the Natural Gas Industry
  7. Communication, Teamwork and Conflict Resolution In Industry
  8. Introduction to Field Instrumentation and SCADA

C2 - Upstream

Production Technician (15-21 credits)


  1. Production Operations
  2. Well Control (Oil Field Hydraulics)
  3. Well Drilling Fundamentals
  4. Basic Cementing Fundamentals
  5. Basic Hydrofracking Fundamentals
  6. Introduction to Wireline Operations
  7. Production Safety
  8. Artificial Life
  9. Well-site Instrumentation

C4 - Downstream

Process Technician (15-21 credits)


  1. Gas Processing
    1. Non-Cryogenic Processes
    2. Cryogenic Processes
  2. State and Local Petroleum Permitting and Regulations
  3. Waste Management
  4. Pipeline and Valve Operations and Maintenance
  5. Gas Control Room Operations
  6. Distribution Operation and Maintenance

Specialize Electives (9 credits)

  1. Choose courses from C2, C3, C4, and/or C5
  2. Internship

C3 - Midstream (Pipeline)

Pipeline Technician (15-21 credits)


  1. Corrosion Control Procedures
  2. Gas Compression and Liquid Pump Station Operations and Maintenance
  3. Pressure and Flow Control
  4. Pipeline, Facilities, Station Construction and Inspection
  5. Gas and Liquid Measurement

C5 - Industry Wide

Instrumentation and Electronics Technician (I&E) (15-21 credits)


  1. Automation
  2. Instrumentation and Process Control (Electronic Instrumentation)
  3. Electricity For Industry
  4. Petroleum Instrumentation (Intro to Measurement)
  5. Petroleum Field Automation
  6. Intro to SCADA

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Additional Details


  • Work mostly outside at well sites or pipeline locations
  • Some office work for reporting and meetings

Typical Schedule

Schedule will depend on work location.

Well site:

  • Shift work with 14 days on, 14 days off schedule
  • Overtime required

Other locations:

  • Monday - Friday, 10 hours a day
  • Some overtime and weekends
  • Occasionally on call for holidays

Industry Sector(s)

  • Upstream
  • Midstream
  • Downstream

Keys for Success

  • Computer
  • Technical
  • Engineering
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Supervisory


  • Associate's Degree

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