Petroleum Technology - AS

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    Program Contact:  Dr. Ovidiu Frantescu

    Are you working in the petroleum industry and like to advance your education? Or, are you interested in getting a job in this high-demand field? In our program, you'll get the training you need to become a qualified petroleum technologist. Whether you're working in the industry or hope to be.  

    Our newly modified program conforms to national standards and to the personnel needs of the local, regional and nationwide petroleum industry.

    Once you earn your two-year degree, you'll have many job opportunities both in western Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York. You will also be prepared to work inland oil and gas exploration nationwide.

    Doug Kuntz, a 1988 petroleum technology graduate, is president and chief executive officer of Pennsylvania General Energy Co.  Read how his company is drilling horizontal wells in Marcellus Shale formation to recover natural gas.  

    This is a growing industry that is making a huge impact in Pennsylvania. 

    What you can do with a degree in Petroleum Technology  . Suggested 2-year plan of study.

    Course Required for the Major

    Other Required Courses

    The Human Experience
    Choose two courses from the following three areas:
    Arts & Letters

    Behavioral, Economic and Political Sciences
    History, Cultures and Philosophical Inquiry



    Additional Information:


    Pitt-Bradford Energy Institute

    The Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Association ( PIOGA) provides links to the following:

    • National oil & gas industry trade associations
    • State oil & gas industry trade association
    • Oil & gas information & publications
    • Pennsylvania State Government


    Please visit our industry partners sites below, they help to make this program a success!

    Kropf Matt

    Dr. Matt Kropf

    Director of Energy Institute and Assistant Professor of Energy Science and Technology


    Frantescu, Ovidiu

    Dr. Ovidiu Frantescu

    Director and Assistant Professor of Petroleum Technology Program


    103E Fisher Hall

    Franţescu, Adina

    Dr. Adina Franţescu

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Petroleum Technology


    103E Fisher Hall

    These are just some of the positions our recent graduates have.

    • Field specialist at Baker Hughes Inc. in Mill Hall, PA
    • Drill site manager at Chevron USA in Houston, TX
    • Drilling fluids specialist at MI SWACO in Cannonsburg, PA
    • Environmental specialist at American Refining Group in Bradford
    • Quality control lab technician at American Refining Group in Bradford