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.
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Employers in the petroleum industry report considerable 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 and petroleum companies have indicated that starting salaries range from upper $40,000-$60,000 annually.
Oil and Gas Tech Certificate (.pdf)
Expanded ShaleNET Builds Upon Partnerships, Standardized Curriculum to Fill Natural Gas Jobs
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
**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 .