Majors & Certificates
Petroleum & Natural Gas Technology
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.
WHAT AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN PETROLEUM & NATURAL GAS TECHNOLOGY TEACHES YOU
The petroleum and natural gas technology associate degree will prepare students to be operations technicians that will be responsible for the production and processing of oil & gas. Students will learn concepts in oil & gas discovery, drilling, production, pipelining, processing and marketing plus OSHA safety requirements and computer skills necessary for technician-level positions. Instruction will include hands-on teaching with oil & gas field equipment and a summer internship with four weeks of actual field experience with an oil & gas producing company.
- Explain the fundamental principles of the technology in the petroleum & natural gas upstream, midstream and downstream sectors including development, economics, equipment, systems, instrumentation, operations, and the various associated scientific principles and processes.
- Demonstrate Industrial Safety and OSHA Regulations knowledge, skills, and resources to be able to work safely in the petroleum & natural gas industry while having an understanding of the overall aspects of safety, health, and environment.
- Demonstrate understanding of petroleum & natural gas production, field handling, completion, workover, and well service concepts and processes.
- Demonstrate knowledge of reciprocating gas compression and pipelining technology.
- Apply leadership, ethics, and regulations principles to the petroleum & natural gas industry.
- 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.
WHAT DOES OUR PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAM INVOLVE?
The petroleum and natural gas technology program is a two-year, or four-semester program. Placement in industry-based 160-hour internships provides additional hands-on learning opportunities. The degree program opens up opportunities for careers in states including Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, West Virginia and New Jersey.
Areas of study that students typically encounter in associate petroleum and natural gas technology degree programs include:
- Field Handling and Processing
- Petroleum and Gas Well Production
- Drilling and Completions
- Compression Technology
- Natural Gas Technology
- Safety Certifications and Industry Standards
CAREER POSSIBILITIES FOR PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS TECHNICIANS
The median wage for geological and petroleum technicians is $51,130 as of May 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Pennsylvania has the sixth-highest level of employment in the United States for these occupations.
Graduates of Lackawanna College’s associate program in petroleum and natural gas technology include a variety of positions in the industry such as:
- Lease Operators
- Field Technicians
- 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.
REGISTER FOR OUR ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
An associate degree in petroleum and natural gas technology from Lackawanna College is the quickest way to enter the field. Prospective students looking to break into these areas in a relatively short time can register for our associate degree program and be on the job in two years.
We invite you to apply to Lackawanna College now using our inquiry form and indicate your interest in our associate petroleum and natural gas technology degree program. Let this be the first step on your journey toward the career you have always wanted.
Lackawanna College is approved by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education to grant bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, and professional certificates and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which is designated as a National Accrediting Agency by the U.S. Office of Education.
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