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Students choosing to complete all courses within the Petroleum Production Technology program can follow the recommended sequence below or create a customized schedule based on their needs. The NECE recommends that students consult with their academic advisor prior to registration for academic advice based on individual educational goals.

Please review the descriptions below for information on each course.

Recommended Sequence - 1st Semester
ENRT 101 Introduction to Energy Technology
ENRT 105 Safety, Health & Environment
ENRT 107 Mechanical Fundamentals
PROD 110 Fundamentals of the Petroleum Industry

Recommended Sequence - 2nd Semester
ENRT 112 Print Reading
ENRT 104 Electrical Fundamentals
ENRT 116 Instrumentation & Control
ENRT 224 Automation & Control

Recommended Sequence - 3rd Semester
PROD 220 Production Equipment
ESRE 216 Mechanical Drive Systems
PROD 230 Well Services
ENRT 215 Operations, Troubleshooting & Communication

Recommended Sequence - 4th Semester
PROP 235 Hydrocarbon Chemistry
ENRT 240 Industrial SCADA
PROP 239 Gas Processing
PROD 240 Artificial Lift & Enhanced Oil Recovery
ENRT 220 Practical Applications

In addition to the courses listed above, 15 general education credits are required.

Please visit the Education Plan link for additional information.

1st Semester Courses

ENRT 101 - Introduction to Energy Technology - 3 credits
An introduction to the expanding energy industry. Students will learn about a variety of energy facilities from traditional to renewable, including but not limited to fossil fuel power plants, petroleum refineries, ethanol and biodiesel facilities, gasification plants, wind farms, geothermal and hydro power production facilities, natural gas processing facilities, petroleum production, water and wastewater treatment and others. The role of the technician in these facilities will be a focus, as will be the expectations and culture of the industry.

ENRT 105 - Safety, Health & Environment - 3 credits
This course covers the personal protective equipment and proper safe work practices and procedures commonly used in the energy industry. Students will also gain a working knowledge of standard safety, health and environmental practices and regulations set by various government entities.

ENRT 107 - Mechanical Fundamentals - 3 credits
This course provides an introduction to mechanical concepts commonly found in a plant setting. Topics covered include hand tools, piping, valves, steam traps and strainers. In addition, pumps, compressors, drivers, fans and rotating equipment are covered. Bearings, seals and lubrication are a focus in this course, as well as heat exchanger designs. Plant terminology and operator expectations are covered also.

PROD 110 - Fundamentals of the Petroleum Industry - 4 credits
This course provides an overview of petroleum industry operations and how they are interrelated. The course covers petroleum geology, exploration, drilling and production. The course starts with the nature of gas and oil, where we find it, leasing land and contracts, the mechanics and techniques of drilling, testing and completing of a well, surface equipment, separation, storage, measurement and sales.

2nd Semester Courses

ENRT 112 - Print Reading - 3 credits
The course covers schematics, prints, and piping and instrument diagrams used in the energy industry. Students will learn how to read and interpret block and single-line diagrams, which will prepare them for the logic and electrical schematics included in this course.

ENRT 104 - Electrical Fundamentals - 3 credits
This course covers basic direct current theories and applies those to the electrical system and related equipment. Students will also study basic DC circuit calculations. This course will also cover basic alternating current theories and apply those theories to electrical systems and related equipment. Students will study various methods of producing a voltage. Students will also study essential generator and motor design, construction and operating principles.

ENRT 116 - Instrumentation & Control - 4 credits
This course provides a comprehensive study of instrumentation components, control theory, control systems and typical controllers associated with the operation of energy facilities.

ENRT 224 - Automation & Control - 3 credits
The course includes an in depth study of discrete motor control devices and the assembly and programming of PLC discrete input and output modules. The application of these devices in energy and industrial environments is included. Understanding of real world control systems and student constructed systems is part of this course. Some of the equipment covered is switches, relays, contactors, motor starters, control transformers, discrete input devices, electronic input devices, and PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers).

3rd Semester Courses

PROD 220 - Production Equipment - 4 credits
The course is designed to give an overview of basic petroleum industry equipment and how it is utilized in the process. The course will cover wellheads, pumping units, flowlines, 2 and 3 stage separators, heater treaters, stock tanks, central tank batteries, salt-water disposal, vapor recovery units, flaring, pig launchers and receivers and metering. The characteristics, design, operation, and interactions of various pieces of equipment will be addressed.

ESRE 216 - Mechanical Drive Systems - 4 credits
Introducing the fundamentals of mechanical drives and the application of mechanical skills and knowledge to the industrial setting. Topics covered will include couplings, chain drives, pulley drives, motor leveling and alignment, bearings, gaskets and gear drives. Demonstration by the student in the areas of torqueing, measurements, gap adjustments and shaft alignments is included.

PROD 230 - Well Services - 3 credits
This course will provide a basic overview of well completion, artificial lift, logging and testing, analyzing a well problem, service and workover equipment, fishing, sand cleanout, well stimulation and additional recovery methods. The course covers preparing the well for the workover, equipment used and different types of well servicing and workovers such as pulling rods, pumps, tubing, casing repair, well cleanout and swabbing. Different types of well stimulations used for improved production are discussed. Additional recovery techniques and benefits are covered.

ENRT 215 - Operations, Troubleshooting & Communication - 3 credits
Students will gain the knowledge necessary to comprehend overall plant operations and respond to abnormal operating conditions. Students also will participate in root cause analysis exercises while troubleshooting different operating scenarios. This course provides instruction in the different types of troubleshooting techniques, procedures, and methods used to solve process problems. Students will use existing knowledge of equipment, systems and instrumentation to understand the operation of an entire unit in a facility. Students study concepts related to commissioning, normal startup, normal operations, normal shutdown, turnarounds, and abnormal situations, as well as the process technicians individual and team role in performing tasks associated with these concepts within an operating unit.

4th Semester Courses

PROP 235 - Hydrocarbon Chemistry - 3 credits
This course provides a fundamental study of the organic chemistry of hydrocarbons associated with crude oil. This course will also focus on process chemistry, chemistry fundamentals, typical process reactions and process solubility theory.

ENRT 240 - Industrial SCADA - 3 credits
An introduction to the design, assembly, programming and operation of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, including Human Interface (HMI) systems. Wiring and networking of programmable controllers to SCADA software and an HMI device is one part of this course. SCADA system application, operation and troubleshooting in manufacturing and energy sectors is included.

PROP 239 - Gas Processing - 3 credits
This course provides a comprehensive study of the processing technologies associated with the production of natural gas and other gases and liquids found within natural gas fields. Students study gas laws, molecular structure, process theory, terminology, equipment and the auxiliary systems that support the production and processing of natural gas. The production of synthetic natural gas by means of coal gasification will be covered.

PROD 240 - Artificial Lift - 2 credits
The course will provide a basic overview of artificial lift that is used to improve production. The course reviews different types of artificial lift; rod pumps, progressing cavity pumps, gas lift, electrical submersible pumps, and hydraulic pumping systems.

ENRT 220 - Practical Applications - 2 credits
*Online students are required to contact their advisor prior to registering
Students will participate in hands-on lab activities, internships or industry job shadowing to gain entry-level job competencies. Students may not complete this course before their final semester at BSC.