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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 general education credits, 45 required program credits, for a total of 61 required minimum credits.                                               *2.0 GPA required

Program credit requirements plus one of the following:
*UNIV 100/101 College Strategies or Transitions 1 CREDIT

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

 TECH 103 Direct and Alt. Current Circuit Analysis 4 CREDITS                                                                                                      PTLO 104 Industrial Safety 2 CREDITS                                                                                                                                            TECH 105 Digital Logic and Circuit Analysis 4 CREDITS                                                                                                                      GIS 105 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 3 CREDITS                                                                 
 PTLO 121 Production Field Technology 3 CREDITS                                                                                                                            
PTLO 122 Drilling and Reclamation 3 CREDITS
 PTLO 130 Oil Field Hydraulics 3 CREDITS                                                                                                                                        TECH 143 Programmable Logic Controller Fund 4 CREDITS
 TECH 200 Process Control & Instrumentation 3 CREDITS
 PTLO 240 Well Completions and Workovers 3 CREDITS
 TECH 210 SCADA Fundamentals 2 CREDITS                                                                                                                                   
TECH 220 Control System Installation and Troubleshooting 4 CREDITS                                                                                             CIS 164 Networking Fundamentals 3 CREDITS                                                                                                                                  GIS 107 GIS Applications 3 CREDITS
 COOP 197 COOP Education 1 CREDIT

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

Alberto Bellina | 701.774.4285
alberto.bellina@willistonstate.edu

Gerald (Mack) McGillivary | 701.774.4241
gerald.mcgillivray@willistonstate.edu

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