Petroleum Technologist in United States

at ShaleNET
Location United States
Date Posted April 3, 2019
Category Petroleum Engineer
Job Type Permanent


Petroleum technologists work in all sectors of the oil and gas industry. Depending on where they are employed, they may oversee well production and production technicians, or they may supervise pipeline technicians, process technicians, or instrumentation and electronics technicians.
Petroleum technologists must have a thorough understanding of all aspects of the sector in which they are working. For example, petroleum technologists working at the well site need to be familiar with all drilling operations. They supervise hydraulic fracturing, completion operations set up, and equipment installation.

General Education Core Competencies (15-21 credits)


C1 - Natural Gas and Oil Technology
(Core - 15-21 credits)
Introduction to The Natural Gas & Oil Industry
Safety (Industrial, Hazard, Gas/Oil Operations)
Introduction to Maintenance & Troubleshooting
Introduction to Circuit Analysis And Basic Electrical Measurements
Basic Emergency Response Procedures
Environmental Protection Methods And Devices for the Natural Gas Industry
Communication, Teamwork and Conflict Resolution In Industry
Introduction to Field Instrumentation and SCADA
C2 - Upstream
Production Technician (15-21 credits)

Production Operations
Well Control (Oil Field Hydraulics)
Well Drilling Fundamentals
Basic Cementing Fundamentals
Basic Hydrofracking Fundamentals
Introduction to Wireline Operations
Production Safety
Artificial Life
Well-site Instrumentation
C4 - Downstream
Process Technician (15-21 credits)
Gas Processing
Non-Cryogenic Processes
Cryogenic Processes
State and Local Petroleum Permitting and Regulations
Waste Management
Pipeline and Valve Operations and Maintenance
Gas Control Room Operations
Distribution Operation and Maintenance

Specialize Electives (9 credits)
Choose courses from C2, C3, C4, and/or C5
C3 - Midstream (Pipeline)
Pipeline Technician (15-21 credits)
Corrosion Control Procedures
Gas Compression and Liquid Pump Station Operations and Maintenance
Pressure and Flow Control
Pipeline, Facilities, Station Construction and Inspection
Gas and Liquid Measurement
C5 - Industry Wide
Instrumentation and Electronics Technician (I&E;) (15-21 credits)
Instrumentation and Process Control (Electronic Instrumentation)
Electricity For Industry
Petroleum Instrumentation (Intro to Measurement)
Petroleum Field Automation
Intro to SCADA

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Additional Details
Work mostly outside at well sites or pipeline locations
Some office work for reporting and meetings
Typical Schedule
Schedule will depend on work location.
Well site:
Shift work with 14 days on, 14 days off schedule
Overtime required
Other locations:
Monday - Friday, 10 hours a day
Some overtime and weekends
Occasionally on call for holidays

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