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    Lackawanna College


    Petroleum & Gas Industrial Mechanics



    Petroleum & Gas Industrial Mechanics 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 function, calculations and uses of a reciprocating gas compressor including the major parts of a reciprocating gas compressor, emergency shutdown, auxiliary equipment, suppression pulsations, compressor valves, volume efficiency, horsepower requirements, rod loads, cylinder clearance, valve maintenance, compressor inspection and safety precautions.
    • Describe basic aspects of natural gas engines and their operations systems including:  safety, hand tool and rotational motion, product information, operation, gas engines, operation fuel systems, electronic system overview, maintenance and troubleshooting, system operation, system troubleshooting, internal components, ADEM III and GERP, lubrication and cooling system, gas ignition, intake and exhaust, intro to CAT Electronics System operating Testing and Adjusting.
    • Experience an industry Internship will of 160 certified hours working in some aspect of the Petroleum & 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 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; operate software and hardware associated with WIFI, IP and SCADA; operate PLC systems and calibration processes.  
    • Apply basic mechanics required for the compression process as it relates to compression cycle, PV diagrams, estimating compressor capacity, piston displacement, and estimating compressor horsepower requirements.
    • Demonstrate in depth practice and understanding of compressor performance software.
    • Apply principles of compressor evaluation, maintenance, systems to help prevent catastrophic failures, calibration of gas flow meter, and trouble shooting of reciprocating compressors.
    • Describe natural gas engine components including trouble-shooting, basic disassembly procedures and tooling, electrical system failure testing, ADEM III control system, and valve wear.
    • 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.

    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.