West Virginia Northern Community College

Programs of Study

Petroleum Technology, A.A.S.

Petroleum Technology
Associate in Applied Science

The Petroleum Technology program is designed to prepare students for employment in the natural gas drilling, gathering and field operations industry associated with development of the Marcellus and Utica Shales. The program provides a strong foundation in oil and gas exploration, production and development in the Appalachian Basin. Laboratory classes include a strong emphasis on hands-on experiences. Safe work practices are emphasized and several industry certifications are embedded within the curriculum. Note: Hands-on outdoor labs may require travel to Fairmont, WV.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Follow conventional industrial safety practices.
  • Perform procedures and tasks commonly used in production of oil and gas in the Appalachian Basin.
  • Correctly and safely use lifting equipment and rigging hardware in the handling of machinery, supplies, and loads.
  • Demonstrate correct procedures to use in various drilling technologies. • Explain considerations that go into designing a well completion.
  • Use orifice measurement ot meter gas.
  • Apply priniciples of hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical systems to the drilling, production, and services industries.

Job opportunities for graduates of the program are high as the oil and gas industry is one of the fasting growing industries in the region, if not the nation. Production workers are in high demand as employers move to extract the gas and associated petroleum liquids from the Marcellus and Utica Shales. The program qualifies graduates for employment in such positions as field technicians, pumpers, drilling technicians, measurement technicians, compressor operations, and many others.

First Year - Fall Semester Cr. Hrs.
APT 100 Introduction to Applied Technology - 2
APT 102 Safety for Industry - 3
APT 110 Introduction to Print Reading - 3
CIT 117 Microsoft Applications - 3
ENG 115 Technical Writing - 3
HPE 110 CPR and First Aid - 1

First Year - Spring Semester Cr. Hrs.
APT 150 Hydraulic and Pneumatic Fundamentals - 2
APT 155 Electrical and Electronic Fundamentals - 3
MATH 113 Technical Math - 4
PTRM 104 Production Technology* - 3
PTRM 109 Drilling Technology - 3

Second Year - Fall Semester Cr. Hrs.
SPCH 101 Interpersonal Communication - 3
PTRM 206 Applied Chemistry for Petroleum* - 4
PTRM 208 Artificial Lift* - 3
PSYC 155 Human Relations - 3
PTRM 217 Petroleum Geology of Appalachia - 2
MEC 115 Instrumentation I: Mechanical - (3)

Second Year - Spring Semester Cr. Hrs.
PTRM 107 Rigging for Land-Based Oil and Gas Operations* - 2
PTRM 202 Well Completions Design and Operations* - 3
PTRM 210 Intro to Midstream Operations - 3
PTRM 211 Supervisory Level Well Control* - 3
PTRM 213 Gas Measurement* - 2
PTRM 235 Petroleum Technology Seminar - 2

Total Hours in Program - 61-63

Awards and Accreditations