Beginning this fall, the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville will offer a new associate degree program in petroleum technology, a program of study that prepares workers for the fast- growing and lucrative oil and gas industry.

The program is being offered on the Titusville campus in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Courses will be delivered on the Titusville campus through a combination of face-to-face instruction and distance education.

The new degree will provide students the training they need to become qualified petroleum technologists, whether they are already working in the industry or hope to be. “The oil and gas industry is booming, and energy companies are having a difficult time finding qualified and motivated people to work in the industry,” according to Pitt-Titusville President, Dr. Livingston Alexander.

Students in this two-year program will learn how to develop and operate oil and natural gas extractions and processing facilities, discover what it takes to drill for oil and natural gas, find out how the fuels are transported successfully to other locations, explore the principles of the petroleum industry, and learn about geology, oil field mapping, environment and safety, oil and gas chemistry and well logging interpretation.

The petroleum technology program conforms to national standards and to the personnel needs of the local, regional and nationwide petroleum industry.

Once students complete the two-year degree, they’re faced with many job opportunities both in western Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York. They’re also prepared to work inland and in off-shore oil and gas exploration nationwide.

In addition to the prospect of abundant job opportunities in the energy field, petroleum technology graduates can also expect lucrative salaries. For example, Chevron Corp. recently hired several Pitt-Bradford graduates for positions that pay $80,000 to $100,000 per year.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Employment of geological and petroleum technicians is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. High prices for oil and strong demand for natural gas is expected to increase demand for geological exploration and extraction in the future.

To learn more, call our admissions office at 814-827-4509 or toll-free at 888-878-0462 or visit us at www.upt.pitt.edu.