Petroleum Technology - AS

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    Program Contact:  Dr. Ovidiu Frantescu


    Not everyone has to be a petroleum engineer to work in the oil and gas industry. With our Associate of Science degree in petroleum technology, you will qualify for many positions in the Marcellus or Utica shale gas plays, drilling wells, refining, or working in associated environmental, safety or research positions.

    Our program is one of only a few petroleum technology programs in the northeast. In it you will gain an understanding of the petroleum industry, environmental and safety regulations, monitoring systems, the physics and mechanics of drilling and processing, and the chemistry and geology of hydrocarbons.

    Graduates with a two-year petroleum technology degree are qualified for positions, with competitive salaries, such as hydrocarbon data analyst, wireline operator, environmental technician, geology technician or Global Information Systems technician.

    You can also add classes to graduate with a geology minor or continue to pursue a four-year degree in a related field, such as environmental studies, energy science and technology, business management, or economics.

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

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    Degree Requirements

    Other Required Courses


    The Human Experience - 6 Credits

    Choose two courses from the following three areas:

    Arts & Letters; Behavioral, Economic and Political Sciences; History, Cultures and Philosophical Inquiry

    Total Credits to Graduate: 66 Credits

    Please be advised

    Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

    Additional Information:

    American Refining Group/Harry R. Halloran Jr. 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

    Kropf Matt

    Dr. Matt Kropf

    Associate Professor


    Frantescu, Ovidiu

    Dr. Ovidiu Frantescu

    Director and Assistant Professor of Petroleum Technology Program


    103E Fisher Hall

    Franţescu, Adina

    Dr. Adina Frantescu

    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
    • Field technician/staff scientist, LetterLe & Associates, Allison Park, PA
    • Environmental specialist at American Refining Group in Bradford
    • Quality control lab technician at American Refining Group in Bradford 

    American Refining Group


    Minard Run

    National Fuel

    PCS Ferguson




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