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Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science Degree Program in Petroleum Technology is designed to prepare students for employment in the upstream and midstream segments of the oil and gas industry. As the exploration and development of petroleum and shale gas resources expands in the Marcellus, Utica and other regional geological formations, excellent employment opportunities exist throughout this region and across the country for students who complete this program.

The program includes 60 credit hours of study. Of the 60 hours, 15 are general education courses and 45 are specific to the petroleum industry. The first 30 hours of the AAS program is a one-year Certificate Degree in Petroleum Technology. The curriculum focuses on the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are required for success in technician-level jobs in this rapidly growing industry.

Benefits to Students 

  • Gain the opportunity to advance beyond an entry-level position and obtain a higher level of employment
  • High-earning potential and the prospect to build a career in West Virginia’s fastest growing employment sector
  • Industry-supported curriculum includes hand-on training, indoor/outdoor training stimulators with an emphasis placed on workplace safety

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