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  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

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

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Petroleum Engineering Technology is a two-year diploma program that will prepare you for employment in the upstream (drilling and production) and midstream (pipeline) energy sectors.

The world demand for energy is growing and the oil and gas industry will supply the majority of this energy for decades to come. Western Canada has an abundance of conventional and unconventional energy reserves that provide lucrative careers for petroleum engineering technologists.

Learn from experienced professionals in state-of-the-art labs that utilize industry-standard tools and equipment, working oil and gas systems and high-tech, custom-made simulators.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

Industry demand continues to grow for well-trained professionals with strong theoretical and practical skills – the kind of skills developed through NAIT's hands-on approach to learning. 

In both classroom and laboratory settings, you'll use custom-made, award-winning drilling simulators to learn rig operations, the safety and science of drilling and well completion processes through virtual reality.

Over the course of the program, you'll be instructed in the major disciplines of:

  • natural gas processing
  • oil and gas production optimization
  • drilling and well planning
  • completions and well interventions
  • formation evaluation and reservoir engineering
  • petroleum geology
  • conventional and enhanced oil recovery
  • project management
  • economics

Petroleum engineering technologists require a special set of skills, keen spatial awareness and the ability to work in a team. The Petroleum Engineering Technology program will ensure you're ready to enter the workforce by showing you how to:

  • Analyze, optimize and calculate economics of well operations and industry projects
  • Select and troubleshoot basic oil and gas facilities
  • Interpret subsurface data to evaluate reservoir potential
  • Adhere to regulatory frameworks to protect personnel, the public, and the environment
  • Demonstrate professional conduct and communication skills

Standardized industry training 

In the second year of the program, you'll complete a 5-day training session a the Energy Safety Canada Oil and Gas Production Facilities in Nisku, Alberta. Here you'll develop an important real-world understanding of theoretical concepts and participate in equipment optimization and process troubleshooting. 

Enter the workforce with confidence

Graduates are in high demand in the energy industry in exploration, production and pipeline sectors. Employers include oil and gas companies, oilfield service companies and regulatory agencies such as the Alberta Energy Regulator.

Graduates can find employment domestically, or in oil and gas producing regions around the world. 

Become a trusted professional

Graduates of this program earn a diploma in Petroleum Engineering Technology. 

Over the course of the program, you'll complete industry certification training that includes TDG, WHMIS, H2S Alive, Standard First Aid, 4th Class Power Engineering Theory and Blowout Prevention (for well service and/or first line drilling supervisors). 

Professional membership

While enrolled in the program, you'll be eligible for student membership in the following professional associations:

After graduation and required work experience, you may also be eligible for professional accreditation. 

Opportunities for advanced education

You may also continue your studies after graduation by pursuing a Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management (BTech). Diploma grads can earn a BTech degree with just two more years of study. Full-time and part-time study options are available. 

Learn more about NAIT's BTech program

Graduates are also eligible for advanced credit towards the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Science, Petroleum Engineering – University of Alberta, Montana Tech and other universities with similar offerings
  • Bachelor of Science, Energy Engineering – University of Calgary
BTech - Technology Management

Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree.   Find out more

Become a certified engineering technologist

Students of this program are eligible for student membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).   Find out more

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  • Phone: 780.471.NAIT (6248)
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General program information

  • Bruce Reinders, Program Chair
  • Email: brucer@nait.ca
  • Phone: 780.471.8999


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Term 1

GEOL1125Petroleum Geology
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technolgy program.
  • Course Equivalencies: PNT120
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces the concepts of geology that are important to petroleum exploration and exploitation such as formation of sediments and sedimentary rocks, stratigraphy and structures, oil and gas sources and reservoirs, exploration techniques and well evaluation. The development and formations within the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin will be discussed.

MATH1115Technical Mathematics I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technolgy program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is for Petroleum Engineering Technology students. Topics include units of measurement, approximate numbers, trigonometric functions, right and oblique triangles, vectors, graphs of trigonometric functions, factoring, quadratic equations, exponents, logarithms, semi-log and log-log plots, systems of linear and quadratic equations, and progressions.

PETE1115Petroleum Operations and Equipment
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This introductory course provides a "reservoir to refinery" overview of the oil and gas industry in Alberta. Topics include reservoir fluid behavior, land tenure, Dominion survey system, drilling and completions, oil and gas production operations, refining and heavy oil. The course included a lab component designed to familiarize students with common equipment used in the oil and gas industry.

PETE1145Safety Studies and Certifications
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Topics include identification and evaluation of factors that cause accidents/incidents, assessment of hazards and the use of appropriate controls and equipment to mitigate the found hazards, and the application of basic safeguarding systems in the workplace. Also the students gain the following industry certifications: St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid - Level C CPR/AED, H2S Alive, Petroleum Safety Training (PST), Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). Instruction for these certificates is completed on the weekends or by independent study.

PETE1150Fluid Mechanics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technolgy program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces the principles and calculations associated with fluid mechanics. Topics include fluid properties, pressure and pressure calculations, buoyancy, development and application of the General Energy Equation (Bernoulli’s Equation), friction factor evaluations, minor loss determination for valves, fittings, and piping systems. Fluid flow system design and analysis, considering power, efficiency, sizing, and flow rates (flow measurement devices) will also be considered. Class I and Class II Pipeline system and NPSH (Net Positive Suction Head) analysis will be completed. Labs relating to the course topics are included to supplement course theory.

PHYS1125Physics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technolgy program.
  • Course Equivalencies: ASP155
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Topics include properties of measured quantities (accuracy and precision), solving problems in mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and nuclear physics.

Term 2

CHEM1205General, Physical and Organic Chemistry
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technolgy program.
  • Course Equivalencies: CHS205
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will allow students to learn chemical principles related to General, Physical and Organic fields of chemistry. Topics include study of different states of matter, homogeneous and heterogeneous mixtures, study of endothermic and exothermic processes, discussion on surface phenomena and industrial applications of adsorption and absorption processes, principles and applications of titrimetric methods, electrochemical methods and study of corrosion (reactions, monitoring and control), performing basic chemical laboratory skills and analysing the results obtained, calculations associated with gases and the kinetic molecular theory, sweet and sour gas calculations using Standing and Katz method, liquids and liquid-gas solutions, viscosity and surface tension of liquids, name and write formulas of selected organic compounds generally found in oil and gas industries.

ENGL1245Technical Communications
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will focus on instruction in writing basic technical documents, such as reports, letters, e-mails, instructions, and descriptions, according to established industry and business standards. Students will receive an introduction to ethical principles and develop skills in research, clear writing, and presentation techniques.

MATH1215Technical Mathematics II, Calculus and Statistics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technolgy program. Prerequisite: MATH1115.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is for Petroleum Engineering Technology students. The course presents the fundamental principles of statistics and analytical geometry dealing with straight lines, circles and parabolas. The basic concepts of differential and integral calculus will be developed. Topics will include differentiation and integration of elementary functions and the application of the derivative and integral to practical technological problems.

PETE1220Formation Evaluation
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technolgy program. Prerequisites: PETE1115, GEOL1125, PHYS1125.
  • Course Equivalencies: PNT220
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Topics include analysing data from open and cased hole logs. Students recognize responses of logging tools to petrophysical properties of rocks (electrical, acoustic and nuclear properties, porosity, water and hydrocarbon saturation). The principles of drill stem test (DST) design and interpretation is also covered in this course.

PETE1230Drilling and Well Planning
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technolgy program. Prerequisites: PETE1115, GEOL1125, PETE1150.
  • Course Equivalencies: PNT230
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course covers topics associated with the equipment used for well drilling and the preparation of components which makeup a drilling well plan. Topics include equipment and techniques for conventional well drilling, provincial regulator roles and responsibilities, drillbit types and applications, drilling fluid systems and calcualtions associated with drilling fluid properties, well casing design, cementing requirements for well casing and/or abandonment, well control theory, techniques, and procedures. Some of the commonly used equipment, techniques, and drilling applications associated with directional or horizontal wells and underbalanced coiled tubing drilled wells shall also be reviewed.

PETE1280Computer Applications for the Oil and Gas Industry I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technology program. Pre-Requisite: MATH1115.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The focus of this course is to expose students to Microsoft Excel and Project and software commonly used in the petroleum industry. The student will perform the following activities in the course; create Excel spreadsheets to perform calculations associated with equipment design and well analysis; create Gantt charts and develop critical paths for petroleum industry projects using Microsoft Project; use software to collect well and reservoir data for analysis; use software to display and analyze well log data.

Intersession

PETE1390Field Placement
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: PETE1145, CHEM1205, PETE1220, PETE1230, MATH1215, ENGL1245, PETE1280.
  • Course Equivalencies: PNT481
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will be assigned to an industry placement such as an E&P company, oilfield service company, or government agency for a minimum two-week work term. An oral report and log book will be prepared by the students during this time. Successful completion of this course is dependent upon performance evaluation by the participating company and the NAIT Coordinator.

Term 3

MATE2345Materials Selection for the Petroleum Industry
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technolgy program that have completed Level 1. Prerequistes: PHYS1125, CHEM1205.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Topics discussed will provide the student with an understanding of the factors involved in materials utilization, equipment design, and construction of pressure vessels. Topics will cover the determination of materials properties, basic welding principles and the applicable codes, standards, and engineering specification used for materials specification in the hydrocarbon industries. Common nondestructive testing procedures used on equipment and corrosion identification, monitoring and control are discussed.

PETE2310Natural Gas: Plant and Field Processes
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technolgy program that have completed Level 1. Prerequisites: CHEM1205, PETE1110.
  • Course Equivalencies: PNT310
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will introduce the petroleum student to natural gas equipment design and operation. Following the flow of gas from the wellhead to the sales gas pipeline, calculations are performed on choke sizing, orifice metering, separators, hydrate suppression, glycol dehydration, compression, sour gas treatment and refrigeration. Skills are applied to the hands-on operation of gas processing equipment including a small scale distillation plant and amine unit.

PETE2320Reservoir Engineering
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technolgy program that have completed Level 1. Prerequisites: CHEM1205, PETE1220.
  • Course Equivalencies: PNT345
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course uses basic calculations to provide an understanding of different types of reservoirs and their drive mechanisms. Topics cover phase behavior (PVT analysis), gas reservoir and production calculations, volumetric and material balance reserves estimations, reservoir drives and maximizing reservoir production.

PETE2330Completions and Workovers
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technolgy program that have completed Level 1. Prerequisites: PETE1150, PETE1230, PETE1220.
  • Course Equivalencies: PNT330
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course includes the equipment, calculations, and procedures required to complete, workover, or abandon a well. Topics include: perforating, stimulation, downhole production equipment, workover and abandonment techniques, and introduces horizontal completion applications. The use of snubbing and coil tubing units is also discussed.

PETE2335Applied Research Foundations
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technolgy program that have completed Level 1. Prerequisite: ENGL1135.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will guide students through the process of researching and preparing to write a formal technical report. Students will apply critical thinking and effective time management skills to conduct applied research and write a literature review, report proposal, and working report outline. Students will also deliver industry-specific oral presentations.

PETE2380Computer Applications for the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technolgy program that have completed Level 1. Prerequisite: MATH1285.
  • Course Equivalencies: PNT380
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The focus of this course is to expose students to software commonly used in the petroleum industry. The student will perform the following activities in the course; create Excel spreadsheets to perform calculations associated with equipment design and well servicing problems; create Gantt charts and develop critical paths for petroleum industry projects using Microsoft Project; access and retrieve well and production data from databases; utilize petroleum industry software to perform decline curve analysis and P/Z analysis, create wellbore schematics, optimize gas wells and gas gathering systems; use hydrocarbon process simulation software to predict properties of natural gas and simulate gas processing operations.

Term 4

PETE2420Natural Gas Operations
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technolgy program who have completed Level 1. Prerequisites: PETE2380, PETE2330, PETE2320, PETE2310.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course challenges students to apply skills developed in earlier courses to plan, design and optimize drilling, completion and production methods for conventional and unconventional gas plays typical in Western Canada. Production forecasting and optimization will be achieved by applying practical field knowledge of the inter-relationships between reservoir parameters, production data, well performance, compressor operation and computer modeling of gas gathering systems.

PETE2430Production Optimization
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technolgy program that have completed Level 1. Prerequisites: PETE2330, PETE2380, PETE2320.
  • Course Equivalencies: PNT430
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Analysis principles and techniques such as the radial flow equation, fluid levels and inflow performance relationships, and nodal analysis are used to determine the optimum method for producing a well/field. Artificial lift technologies including rod pumps and pumpjacks, electric submersible pumps, and gas lift are designed for specific well/field applications. The course uses MS Excel and vendor-supplied software for analysis and design.

PETE2435Applied Research Project
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technolgy program that have completed Level 1. Prerequisite: PETE2335, PETE2380.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Building on the skills and documents developed in PETE2335, students will write and present a major technical report relating to a significant upstream petroleum industry topic. Students will focus on appropriate style, correctness in writing, and proper formatting of the report body as well as the front and back matter.

PETE2440

This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

PETE2450Heavy Oil and Thermal Operations
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technolgy program that have completed Level 1. Prerequisites: PETE2330, PETE2320.
  • Course Equivalencies: PNT455
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will cover the concepts of field development, reservoir performance, well productivity and surface facilities for heavy oil and bitumen resource development. This course will focus on SAGD (Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage), CSS (Cyclic Steam Stimulation and CHOPS (Cold Heavy Oil Production with sand) in Alberta and Western Canada. Students will solve problems relating to Original Oil in Place, Steam Oil Ratios, Recovery Factors, Subcools, etc.

PETE2470Project Development and Evaluation
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technolgy program that have completed Level 1. Prerequisites: PETE2380.
  • Course Equivalencies: PNT475
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course develops skills to design, plan and financially evaluate oilfield projects. Projects are screened and evaluated for payout, net present value, return on investment and rate of return. The student will determine how royalties, flaring regulations, reservoir decline, resource pricing and project risk will influence the outcome of a project. Generally accepted "best practices" in project management are applied to develop oilfield projects within project teams.

PETE2480Environmental Operating Practices
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Petroleum Engineering Technolgy program. Prerequisite: PETE1110.
  • Course Equivalencies: PNT492
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces students to the environmental operating practices in the upstream oil and gas industry. Topics include an overview of the regulatory agencies and environmental legislation governing industry, as well as the standard practices followed to mitigate adverse environmental impacts during drilling, construction and production operations; production operations will include conventional oil and gas, unconventional gas and heavy oil/thermal operations. The course concludes with a broad overview of remediation and reclamation processes for decommissioned land and facilities.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,167

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $702
Tuition Cap: $6,826

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $1,150
Level 1 Term 2: $300
Level 2 Term 1: $300
Level 2 Term 2: $200

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: OP
International Applicants: WL

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 English (English 30-1 or 30-2)
  • Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30 or 80% in Math 30-2
  • One of: Physics 30, Chemistry 30 or Science 30
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

OR

  • Successful completion of minimum 24 post-secondary credits* within an accredited or recognized engineering degree or diploma with an Admission GPA of 2.0 based on the most recently completed post-secondary credits
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

*Please note that acceptance into the program does not guarantee transfer credits. Transfer credits evaluation will take place after the student is accepted into the program.

Additional Requirements and Considerations

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.

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BTech - Technology Management

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Become a certified engineering technologist

Students of this program are eligible for student membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).

 

 

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