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    Lackawanna College


    Petroleum & Natural Gas Technology



    Petroleum & Natural Gas Technology students will:

    • Explain the fundamental principles of the technology in the oil and natural gas upstream, midstream and downstream sectors technically including development, economics, equipment, systems, instrumentation, operations, and the various associated scientific principles and processes.
    • Ensure student’s Industrial Safety and OSHA Regulations knowledge, skills, and resources to be able to work safely in the oil and natural gas industry while having an understanding of the overall aspects of safety, health, and environment.
    • Demonstrate process understanding and operation of separators, heaters, dehydrators, the chokes, valves,  controls, gauging, LACT units, FWKs, Tanks, orfice measurement, heat exchangers, scrubbers;  hydrate properties petroleum reservoir-produced fluids behaviors and glycol/chemical pumps , including troubleshooting of liquid glycol dehydration systems.
    • Describe the basic forces and overall processes in the inflow/outfow relationships, tubular flow dynamics, deliquification/artificial lift of fluids in oil and gas wells, reservoir flow mechanics and inflow performance, problem analysis.
    • Experience an industry internship of 160 certified hours working in some aspect of the petroleum and natural Gas Upstream, Midstream or Downstream sectors with an approved company.
    • Relate and analyze electronic, hydraulic, pneumatic process control systems and electronic instrumentation and controls including the physics describing these.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of overall well completions, workover procedures, and well service including wellbore hydraulics, well stimulation including acid stimulation and hydraulic fracturing, practical cost benefit of workover/stimulation/repair, completion designs and workover equipment and procedures including sand cleanout, sand control measures, squeeze cementing, casing failures and repairs, corroded or leaking tubular, remedial well work including swabbing; fishing and associated tools and recovery of stuck tubing.
    • Demonstrate understanding and operations of instrumentation, measurement, and control systems including real gas laws, basic thermodynamic principles and energy relationships; measuring flow in closed pipe systems; oil and gas storage, metering and export, control and safety systems, pressure temperature and liquid-level measurements; safety shutdown valves and back pressure control   Standard measurement devices: orifice, turbine, rotary, diaphragm, ultrasonic and Coriolis meters operating and safety procedures at well heads and compression stations; moisture measuring and control devices; software and hardware associated with WIFI, IP and SCADA; PLC systems and calibration processes.
    • Describe physics concepts including measurement, motion, and work/energy.
    • Calculate motion-velocity.
    • Demonstrate equation and problem solving and relate laws of chemistry and physics to petroleum and natural gas technology.
    • Evaluate algebra, geometry and trigonometry with a focus on mastering mathematical operations that will be applied to calculation of real-world science and engineering concepts.
    • Discuss leadership, ethics, & regulations within the petroleum and natural gas industry, including the effect of corporate leadership on the company’s credibility and reputation, real world ethical issues facing the petroleum and natural gas industry, and the relationship of the industry to federal, state, and local governments, including regulatory agencies.
    • Demonstrate mastery of technology in a select aspect of the Upstream, Midstream or Downstream sectors of the Petroleum and Natural Gas industry through a project to be determined by the student and instructor/advisor in an approved plan of study.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of reciprocating gas compression technology including operation, maintenance, basic understanding of system designs and components, design of performance and capacity, calculations for efficiencies and volumes and midstream and transmission pipeline systems technology including natural gas pipeline design; maintenance and repair; pipeline or gather system design; pipeline materials and construction; general flow equations for steady-state flow of gas through pipes; incompressible fluid hydraulic flow, pipeline components; basic pipeline protection, integrity monitoring, leak detection methodologies; friction and pressure drop calculation, optimization process, and pigging.
    • Explain and demonstrate understanding of drilling & completion technology including open hole, horizontal and cased hole completions, drill site procedures, drilling mud, hydraulics and casing designs for open hole and closed hole completions, pressure concepts and the causes of and solutions for kick, different types of equipment in the drilling process.

    View the curriculum guide (for students beginning in Fall 2016) – PDF

    Petroleum and Natural Gas programs are only offered at the College’s center in New Milford.