Where it Can Take You
Graduates of the Petroleum Engineering Technology program generally end up finding employment in the following industries:
Oil companies - Initial positions range from field operations to positions within engineering departments (production engineering, reservoir engineering or drilling). Graduates may advance to positions such as technical specialists or field foremen.
Service companies - Initial positions range from cementing, stimulation, open/cased hole logging, measurement while drilling (MWD) and coiled tubing operations. Initially, graduates are hired and trained as field operations supervisors. Graduates may advance to positions such as operations managers or technical specialists.
Regulatory agencies - Initial positions range from drilling inspectors to well servicing and production operations.
Senior technologists may proceed to positions that involve supervising other technologists and engineers. Many graduates of this program have gone on to international careers.
Additional career information
For more information on roles, duties, career paths, salaries and more, visit:
- Alberta Occupational Profiles - Petroleum Engineering Technologist
- Alberta Wage and Salary Survey - Geological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians
What successful grads have to say
After graduating from NAIT's Petroleum Engineering Technology program in 2001, Jennifer's work took her from off-shore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico to a pipeline control centre in downtown Edmonton, with stops along the way in Texas, Alaska and NWT. When she returned to NAIT to complete her BTech-TM degree, Jennifer earned a summer internship at the prestigious Washington Center in Washington, DC.
Writes Keith: "The choice to go to NAIT was a great one. The reputation that NAIT carries along with the positive feedback from former students encouraged me to enroll. It has opened up a career door that has given me a continued ability to learn and develop myself. The greatest skill that I developed at NAIT, was to not just to learn something, but understand it."
Writes Seth: "I loved drilling and I knew I wanted to better my career in the oil and gas industry so I wanted a school that would best combine the field experience I already had with practical higher education. I got a job as a drilling fluid supervisor (mudman) shortly after graduation and continued with it for around 5 years. It was great experience and I worked both onshore and offshore, on various types of rigs, in Canada and internationally. The skills I learned at NAIT helped immensely in my “first step”. The skills I learned at NAIT had me steps ahead of most rookie mudmen as I was able to understand what was happening downhole and troubleshoot problems effectively."
Graduate Information & Opportunities
Post Graduate Certifications
This is a nationally-accredited program recognized toward the technologist certification by the constituent associations of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists.
- Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) certification - after two years of suitable work experience in the industry, graduates may seek certification with the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to receive the designation of Certified Engineering Technologist (CET).
Continuing your studies
- Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree (BTech-TM) - completion of this diploma qualifies as the first two years of NAIT's unique for-year baccalaureate degree.
- Petroleum Engineering degree - successful graduates of this program may continue to a petroleum engineering degree at the University of Alberta, Montana Tech or other universities offering a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering.
Professional Association Courses
Post-graduation courses and lectures are offered by the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET), the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM).