What to Expect
Course delivery is based on a lecture/lab model, and is supported by field trips and guest lecturing.
- Class size for lectures is 40-45 students.
- Class size for lab sessions is 20-25 students.
The program consists of the following areas of study:
- petroleum geology
- drilling and well planning
- formation evaluation and reservoir engineering
- oil and gas production techniques
- project management and economics
- environmental protection and safety
Theory is complemented by practical training activities during a 1-week session at the Enform Oil and Gas Production facility in Nisku.
In addition, all students complete a 2-week work experience placement in Year 2 of the program.
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend on average:
- 30 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester.
- 10 to 20 hours per week studying and completing class assignments.
Is This Program For You?
In addition to strong technical skills in all areas of study of petroleum engineering technology, graduates must possess:
- sound interpersonal skills
- team skills
- effective listening and written communication skills
- the ability to attend to detail
In addition to these skills, graduates must have an aptitude for critical thinking to assist them in problem solving and troubleshooting.
The Careers in Oil and Gas website is a useful source of information pertaining to the Oil and Gas industry. You can investigate fact and figures relating to the industry as well as jobs and occupations within the industry. The website also contains video clips of field operations conducted routinely in the Oil and Gas industry.
Students in the Petroleum Engineering Technology program will gain a broad general background in the technical areas of the field, including:
- gas and oil production technology
- gas and oil reservoir engineering
- project economics
- environmental management practices
- drilling and completions technology
- well evaluation techniques
- industry standard computer software use
To complement the technical side of the profession, the graduate will also have skills in oral and written presentations, technical writing and researching.
Skills you will acquire
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Recognize geologic structures that may trap hydrocarbons.
- Perform calculations associated with well planning and drilling operations.
- Design well completions and recompletions.
- Interpret drill stem test (DST) results.
- Calculate well deliverability.
- Interpret open hole and cased hole logs.
- Estimate hydrocarbon reserves.
- Evaluate projects for economic viability.
- Specify well stimulation techniques.
- Size artificial lift systems and surface production equipment.
- Optimize well production.
- Size gas production and processing equipment.
Women in Technology and Trades
The Petroleum Engineering Technology program is supported by Women in Technology and Trades (WITT), an offering of NAIT Student Engagement. The goal of WITT is to ensure that all female students are aware of and prepared for the career opportunities that are available to them in diverse technical fields. Throughout the year, WITT provides networking events, lunch and learns, mentorship opportunities and support services that are available to women in technology and trades programs at NAIT.