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    Lackawanna CollegeAcademicsThe School of Petroleum & Natural GasAssociate in Science in Petroleum & Natural Gas Technology

    Associate in Science in Petroleum & Natural Gas Technology


    Problem Solvers Wanted

    Students who obtain an associate degree in Petroleum & Natural Gas Technology will be qualified for positions focused mainly on the production of petroleum and natural gas. They may find themselves as lease operators, field technicians, or operations techs in a midstream environment.

    Employees in those positions will act as problem solvers who will maintain facilities, equipment, instrumentation, and operations to ensure the optimum production and delivery of petroleum and natural gas; troubleshoot obstacles that may prohibit the maximum efficiency of the system; and operate within the safety standards that are agreed upon across the industry.

    Fast Facts

    • The median wage for geological and petroleum technicians is $53,300 as of May 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    • Pennsylvania has the sixth-highest level of employment in the United States for these occupations.
    • Placement in industry-based 160-hour internships provides additional hands-on learning opportunities.
    • Our graduates have found successful careers in states including Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, West Virginia, and New Jersey.


    Petroleum & Natural Gas Technology students will master:

    Field Handling and Processing
    • Demonstrate process understanding of separators, heaters, dehydrators, heat exchangers, scrubbers, and liquid glycol dehydration systems.
    • Operation of chokes, valves, controls, gauging, tanks, and orifice measurement devices.
    • Hydrate properties of petroleum reservoir-produced fluids.
    Petroleum and Gas Well Production
    • Deliquification/artificial lift of fluids in oil and gas wells.
    • Reservoir flow mechanics.
    • Inflow/outflow relationships, tubular flow dynamics, and inflow performance.
    Drilling and Completions
    • Explain and demonstrate an understanding of drilling and 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; and different types of equipment in the drilling process.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of overall well completions, workover procedures, and well service including wellbore hydraulics, well stimulation – including both acid stimulation and hydraulic fracturing; practical cost-benefit of workover/stimulation/repair, completion designs and workover equipment.
    • Procedures including sand cleanout; sand control measures; squeeze cementing; casing failures and repairs; corroded or leaking tubular; and remedial well work including swabbing, fishing, and associated tools and recovery of stuck tubing.
    Compression Technology
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Apply principles of compressor evaluation, maintenance, systems to help prevent catastrophic failures, calibration of a gas flow meter, and troubleshooting of reciprocating compressors.
    • Demonstrate in-depth practice and understanding of compressor performance software.
    Natural Gas Engine Technology
    • 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 and 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.
    • Describe natural gas engine components including troubleshooting, basic disassembly procedures and tooling, electrical system failure testing, ADEM III control system, and valve wear.
    • 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, and leak detection methodologies; friction and pressure drop calculation; optimization process; and pigging.
    Safety Certifications and Industry Standards
    • Ensure student’s safety and expertise through PEC Basic Orientation (Safeland, Safegulf, SEMS, and TRAP); PEC H2S Clear; OSHA 10 Construction; and Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and AED certifications.
    • Response to confined space, emergency entry and exit, excavations, job safety analysis, lockout/tagout procedures, safety shutdown valves, and back pressure control.
    • Relate and analyze electronic, hydraulic, pneumatic process control systems, and electronic instrumentation and controls.
    • Standard measurement devices: orifice, turbine, rotary, diaphragm, ultrasonic, and Coriolis meters.
    • Software and hardware associated with WIFI, IP, and SCADA; PLC systems and calibration processes.
    • 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; and moisture measuring and control devices.
    • Discuss leadership, ethics, and 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.

    View the curriculum guide (for students beginning in Fall 2020) – PDF

    Petroleum and Natural Gas programs are offered exclusively at the College’s center in New Milford. This degree can also be completed entirely online.