Petroleum Technology

Program LengthFour semesters


Potential Salary RangeVaries


The Petroleum Production Technology Certificate will help prepare students for careers in the petroleum industry, where they will perform the duties of Lease Operators, Natural Gas Plant Operators, Compressor Station Operators, and Instrumentation Technicians and function as a member of oil and/or gas production team. Graduates from the program will be responsible for ensuring that oil and natural gas well-flow rate and product quality is maintained at optimal levels. They will be required to perform basic maintenance and equipment repair. Through leading by example, employees are expected to lead, guide and train other lease operators. They must ensure that all regulatory and environmental standards are strictly adhered to and appropriate records are maintained.


A.A.S. Petroleum Technology
Oil & Gas Technology Certificate
Automation Certificate


INMT 2345   Industrial Troubleshooting
INTC 1305    Instrumentation
PTRT 1191    Special Topics
PTRT 1301    Overview of Petroleum Industry
PTRT 1307    Production Methods
PTRT 1309    Corrosion Basics
PTRT 1312    Petroleum Regulations
PTRT 1313    Industrial Safety
PTRT 1317    Natural Gas Processing
PTRT 1321    Oilfield Hydraulics
PTRT 1324    Petroleum Instrumentation
PTRT 1391    Natural Gas Processing II
PTRT 2280    Cooperative Education – Petroleum
PTRT 2323    Natural Gas Production
PTRT 2359    Petroleum Computer Applications
PTRT 2432    Artificial Lift
RBTC 1309    Pneumatics


Employers in the petroleum industry report considerably difficulty recruiting qualified individuals to fill open positions. The petroleum boom has resulted in increased demand for workers in this and related positions. According to employers, this trend will continue. Competition for qualified workers continues to increase, especially in the rural areas of Limestone, Freestone, and Leon, where natural gas is booming. EnCana and XTO Energy have asked Navarro College to implement a petroleum training program to train workers for employment in these counties. Other companies, including Marathon, Chesapeake Energy and Chevron are interested in employing graduates from the program.  Industry partners, petroleum companies, have indicated that starting salaries from upper $40,000-$60,000 annually.


Oil and Gas Tech Certificate (.pdf)


Petroleum Technology Brochure

ShaleNet – October 2013 Newsletter

Expanded ShaleNET Builds Upon Partnerships, Standardized Curriculum to Fill Natural Gas Jobs


Petroleum Technology Program Scholarship Application
Howell Group International Foundation Scholarship Application





Judy Cutting, Executive Dean
Bain Center, Room 101
Brad Richardson, Dean
Bain Center, Room 101
Mark Summitt, Chair
Petroleum Bldg, Room 103
Vern Wilson, P.E., Professor
Petroleum Bldg, Room 102


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square_black Motor Controls
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**Tuition cost reflects a 15-credit hour semester for in-district students for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Cost does not include labs, fees, books, or supplies. Program costs are approximate and cost is subject to change.
Download the full Fall 2015 tuition chart here .