Catalog 2017-2018


Petroleum Technology Program

Malea Clarke
940-872-4002, x5219

The petroleum industry supplies not only the majority of energy consumed in the United States, but also provides thousands of other valuable products.  This world-wide industry provides opportunities for jobs in interesting, exciting, rewarding activities locally and around the world using the latest technology.  There are opportunities for everyone including women.  Some jobs require bilingual skills, so there are excellent opportunities for those who speak more than one language.

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 the Bowie Campus and Graham Campus (limited) , 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.