About the Program
Petroleum Engineering Technology is a two-year diploma program that prepares the graduate for employment in the upstream petroleum industry. The expanding oil sands development sector also provides tremendous opportunities for Petroleum Engineering Technology graduates.
The Petroleum Engineering Technology program was profiled in Project President, where NAIT President Dr. Glenn Feltham was shown how to start up and operate the pilot plant, which resembles a real-life natural gas sweetening plan, typical activities that students will do. See the full story and photo gallery.
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,167
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $1,500
Semester 2: $1,000
Semester 3: $1,000
Semester 4: $1,000
Please note: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may also have additional expenses. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change.
- Grade 12 English
- Pure Math 30 or Math 30-1 or 80% in Math 30-2
- One of: Physics 30 or Chemistry 30
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
Prior to application, prospective students with related work experience in the petroleum industry are encouraged to meet with the Program Chair.
- Valid Driver's License - It is strongly recommended that students in the program have a valid Driver's License. Inability to drive negatively impacts the ability to obtain summer and full-time employment.
Applicants who have successfully completed other post-secondary courses may be eligible for advanced standing in Petroleum Engineering Technology courses. Applicants wishing to investigate this option must present the following:
- mark transcripts of the previous related training
- course outlines or adequate description of the courses
A work experience term takes place in the fourth semester of this program and locations change based on where oilfield work is taking place. Work Experience may include directional drilling, cementing, well stimulation and testing, operation of oil and gas facilities, regulatory board, downhole tools and reservoir analysis.
- Length: 2 weeks (80 hours)
- Salary: none
- Dates: January
- Relocation: Relocation may be required for the work term.
Accreditation & Industry Certification
This is a nationally-accredited program recognized toward the technologist certification by the constituent associations of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists.
Scholarships & Bursaries
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.