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Petroleum Production Technology (AAS)

Degrees and Certificates in Petroleum Production Technology are designed to provide students the necessary curriculum for jobs in the industry. Training and coursework provide a diversity of knowledge that can be applied to many areas of the petroleum industry. The prescribed coursework will be a combination of core academic courses and highly specialized technical classes. Safety practices and training are an important part of the program. Communication, leadership and work team concepts are fundamental to the hands on laboratory experimentation and skill building.

Once a well is completed and in production a skilled and educated workforce is needed to keep the equipment and systems working,maintain environmental integrity, and observe safety rules and regulations. The petroleum production technology program offers two training concentrations to meet those needs. The first training concentration is designed to prepare students for a career in the petroleum industry as a lease operator and the other as an automation and control technician. Both of these career areas enjoy great pay and benefits. Day to day challenges requiring problem solving skills, critical thinking and team work as well as technical skills with hand tools and test equipment. The work responsibilities require focus, self-motivation and attention to detail. The production of several wells, as the techs primary responsibility, demand the need for time management, planning, and organizational skills to be efficient in the field.

*16 credits completed in residence, 63 required program credits
*2.0 GPA required
*63.5 to 64 required minimum credits for the Associate Degree
Program credit requirements plus one of the following:
*ASC 100 College Strategies 1
*ASC 101 College Transitions .5


PTLO 101 Introduction to Petroleum Industry 2 CREDITS
TECH 104 Industrial Safety 2 CREDITS
PTLO 121 Production Field Technology 4 CREDITS
PTLO 130 Oil Field Hydraulics 4 CREDITS
TECH 200 Process Control & Instrumentation 3 CREDITS
PTLO 120 Recovery and Production Methods 4 CREDITS
TECH 103 Direct and Alt. Current Circuit Analysis 4 CREDITS
TECH 143 Programmable Logic Controller Fund. 4 CREDITS
COOP 197 COOP Education 3 CREDITS
TECH 105 Digital Logic and Circuit Analysis 4 CREDITS
TECH 220 Control System Installation and Troubles. 4 CREDITS
TECH 210 SCADA Fundamentals 2 CREDITS
PTLO 244 Special Topics in Petroleum 3 CREDITS
PTLO 203 Preventative Maint. and Troubleshooting 4 CREDITS
TECH 222 Networks and Wiring 2 CREDITS
MATH 103 College Algebra (Math/Science requirement) 3 CREDITS
HPER 210 First Aid and CPR (Wellness requirement) 1 CREDITS
GEOL 105 Physical Geology (Math/Science require.) 4 CREDITS
COMM 110 Fund. of Public Speaking (Comm require.) 3 CREDITS
PHIL 101 Intro to Philosophy (Humanities require.) 3 CREDITS

For more information about the Petroleum Production Technology program contact WSC Petroleum Technology Instructors:

Alberto Bellina | 701.774.4285

Gerald (Mack) McGillivary | 701.774.4241

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