The increasing complexity of jobs in this industry requires a higher level of skill and training than ever before. Washington State Community College’s curriculum was developed by representatives from regional businesses and they continue to provide feedback on what new employees need to know. This program provides students with those skills.
The recent increase in shale exploration in the region is resulting in an increased demand of many related technical disciplines. Horizontal drilling and fracturing technology has opened new fields of expertise for our community, creating many new job possibilities. Petroleum technicians provide support to scientists and engineers in exploring and extracting natural resources, such as minerals, oil, and natural gas.
Washington State Community College’s Petroleum Technology program provides a wide range of oil, gas, industrial, and engineering technology courses as well as geoscience courses to prepare students for an array of jobs relating to shale exploration and development. The program builds on a solid foundation of basic petroleum and engineering skills as well as being able to apply this knowledge through experiences in civil drafting, surveying, computer-aided drafting (CAD), and geographic information systems (GIS).
Jobs & Wages
By 2015, Ohio's natural gas and crude oil industry will help create and support more than 204,520 jobs due to the leasing, royalties, exploration, drilling, production and pipeline construction activities for the Utica Shale within Ohio. The industry wages are projected to grow to more than $12 billion in annual salaries and personal income to Ohioans.*
Washington State Community College's Petroleum Technology program is an excellent avenue to professional employment in this field.
*Source: Kleinhenz & Asso. Economic Impact Study
Courses in this Major Include:
- Introduction to Petroleum Industry
- Well Planning & Drilling Operations
- Production of Oil & Gas
- Petroleum Geology
- Mapping & GIS
- Civil Drafting
- Industrial Safety/Hazmat
- Fundamentals of Engineering
- Engineering Drafting
- Physical Geography
- GIS Applications
Completion of these Petroleum Technology courses leads to a Certificate of Completion. These courses are also required for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Petroleum Technology. Course listings with descriptions of each class in this degree program may be found in the Washington State Community College Catalog.
Contact to learn more:
740.374.8716, ext. 1807