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    Petroleum & Natural Gas Measurement


    Petroleum & Natural Gas Measurement 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.
    • Experience an industry internship 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; software and hardware associated with WIFI, IP and SCADA; PLC systems and calibration processes.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of measured gas quality variables including gas sampling, gas chromatography, water vapor, and dew point measurements.
    • Demonstrate orifice gas measurement including meter run sizing & design, maintenance, assembly, and disassembly.
    • Describe ultrasonic, turbine, rotary, diaphragm, and coriolis meters.
    • Explain principles and operation of natural gas odorization.
    • Describe orifice meter calibration.
    • Demonstrate advanced knowledge in natural gas metering segmented into low and high volume categories with metering equipment such as orifice, ultrasonic, turbine, rotary, diaphragm, and coriolis meters.
    • Explain operation of Lease Automated Custody Transfer units (LACT units) for hydrocarbon liquids and associated other liquid measurement equipment.
    • Describe physics concepts including measurement, motion, and work/energy.
    • Calculate motion-velocity.
    • Demonstrate equation and problem solving techniques 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 2018) – PDF

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