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Petroleum Technology


Petroleum technology programs prepare people to help engineers and others who extract and refine gas and oil.

Petroleum technology programs prepare people to analyze sites to help engineers. Students learn to map and test samples. They also learn to use tools and monitor safety and environmental concerns.

Petroleum technology programs include topics such as:


Several community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in petroleum technology. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.

Very few colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in petroleum technology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

The associate degree program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Things to Know

Many jobs in this field require a lot of writing and clear communication. Taking writing and speaking courses will develop your communication skills.

Petroleum technology programs tend to focus on extraction. If you are interested in refinement, you may want to study process plant technology instead.


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Bellingham Technical College