Petroleum Technology

  • Outdoor petroleum technology lab at Graham campus
  • Indoor petroleum technology lab at Bowie Campus
  • Outdoor petroleum technology lab at Bowie Campus

NCTC’s Petroleum Technology Program is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the oil and gas industry competently and successfully.  It prepares students for entry-level careers in various sectors of the industry, and enhances the value, opportunities, and earning power of students already employed in the industry. 


The technical courses, which are offered only on NCTC’s Bowie and Graham Campuses, teach the fundamentals of the petroleum industry with emphasis on technical knowledge, safety, hands-on skills, computer skills, effective communication and teamwork skills.

These classes are taught face-to-face with about 50% lecture and 50% hands-on learning activities. Curriculum includes industrial safety, drilling, oil & gas production/processing, well completion, and oilfield construction, electricity, hydraulics, and instrumentation. The program utilizes outdoor labs with actual oilfield equipment and indoor labs with training equipment that provides hands-on learning of basic concepts.

Certificate & Degree Requirements

Importance of Petroleum Technology

U.S. Energy Consumption by Energy Source, 2015*
U.S. Energy Consumption by Energy Source, 2015*
Provides energy for generation of 34% of electricity used in U.S.*
Provides energy for generation of 34% of electricity used in U.S.*

* Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA,

Provides raw material for thousands of common, important products that are used worldwide.


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  • Gasoline
  • Diesel Fuel
  • Motor Oil
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  • Varsol
  • Kerosene


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Fabric (Polyester, Nylon, Spandex)

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Career Outlook


Choose from a wide variety of jobs

Use cutting edge technologies

Travel globally

Meet/work with people from different cultures

Participate in interesting, rewarding activities

Opportunities for women

Opportunities for bilingual workers


Production Operator/Lease Operation/Pumper

Safety Coordinator

Frac/Acid Technician

Maintenance Technician

Land Survey Technician

Gas Plant Operator

Logging Technician

Industry Sectors


Oilfield Services

Oil & Gas Production

Oil & Gas Refining/Processing

Oilfield Construction

Safety & Environmental

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to obtain this degree? add

The Petroleum certificate is designed to be completed in one year while the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is set to conclude in two years. Students, however, may set their own pace.

Will this program transfer to a four-year university? add

Yes! The Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) will transfer to several North Texas universities through AAS to BAAS transfer programs. For more information and a list of participating institutions, please review the AAS to BAAS Guided Pathways.

AAS to BAAS Guided Pathways

Is financial aid available for this degree? add

NCTC believes that all students should be allowed the opportunity to pursue higher education. The Financial Aid Office will help you when applying for aid. For more information, call 940-668-4242, visit Financial Aid, or drop by the Financial Aid Office on any of NCTC's five campuses.

Apply for Financial Aid

Who may I contact for more information? add

Kenny Smith
Division Chair, Industrial & Energy Technology
CTC 2100 RM 2110
(940) 668-7731 ext. 4426