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Petroleum Production Technology (COC) Lease Operator


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 asa 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.


14 required program credits, 2.0 GPA required

14.5 to 15 required minimum credits for the Certificate of Completion

*Program credit requirements plus one of the following:

ASC 100 College Strategies - 1 CREDIT
ASC 101 College Transitions -.5 CREDIT


PTLO 121 Production Field Technology - 4 CREDITS
PTLO 130 Oil Field Hydraulics - 4 CREDITS
TECH 143 Programmable Logic Controller Fund. - 4 CREDITS
TECH 104 Industrial Safety - 2 CREDITS

The Lease Operator path continues with the Program Certificate. 16 additional credit hours of coursework beyond the Certificate of Completion are required and can be completed in one additional semester. All the courses completed in the Certificate of Completion are part of the Program Certificate. Coursework will be completed in electricity/electronics, recovery and production methods, process control, and petroleum industry overview. CO-OP field experience is a big part of the second semester activities students are involved in. In the CO-OP course students go to sponsoring company facilities in the area and "shadow" experienced field technicians observing first-hand the job responsibilities and duties. Students can also gain actual on-the-job skill training and experience through internships. The internships are usually done in the summer following the CO-OP.

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