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Continuing Education

Oil and Gas Production Operator


The location where your NAIT courses will be held.


The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

The Oil and Gas Production Operator program is designed to train professional and technically knowledgeable individuals for careers in production and operations. We will provide a thorough overview of the oil and gas industry and give you the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge relating to gas processing, instrumentation, measurement, production equipment and refining. Learn about essential oil and gas production topics including basic petroleum geology, maintenance and troubleshooting of production equipment, gas plant processing requirements, control systems and safety protocols.

Progressing sequentially through the four levels of course content, you will expand your knowledge relevant to the upstream oil and gas industry and gain confidence with industry terminology and processes.

Upon successful completion of all 4 levels of the Oil and Gas Production Operator program, you will receive an Oil and Gas Production Operator Certificate of Completion.

Each course is delivered in a self-paced, online format. Students have up to 4 months from the start date to complete the 4 levels. Courses are offered in July, September, November, January, March and May.

Course registrations are accepted until the day prior to the start of class. 

Career opportunities exist in production and operational positions within the wide-ranging oil and gas industry, including work in the following:

  • battery operations 
  • field operations 
  • gas plants 
  • oil refineries