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Program of Study: Oil & Gas

CIP Code: 46.0504

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Students will learn everything from leasing the land, to drilling rigs, to fracking, to flow-back, to sales, and more. Using text books written by oil men, the course is designed like no other program in the state. The focus is making you ready to be a roughneck. Students will receive national accredited safety training and have the opportunity to talk and work with members of the industry.

Here is a list of just some of the jobs that are in high demand and can be obtained upon completion of the oil and gas program:

  • Compressor Operator
  • Driller
  • Truck Driver
  • Welder
  • Derrickhand
  • Floor Hand/Roughneck/Rig Hand
  • Electrician
  • Mechanic
  • Electronics Technician
  • Cement/Frac Crew
  • Sales Representative

It takes more than 420 workers from 150 different job types to drill one well, according to a study by Penn State's Penn College of Technology. Some of those jobs require years of education and experience. For instance, the study says 4% of Marcellus Shale jobs are for lawyers, 3% are for engineers, and 3% are for geologists. However, almost half of the 150 job types needed to drill a well - such as heavy equipment operator, truck driver, and general laborer - do not require two or four-year degrees.

Job opportunities are on the rise as companies tap into oil and their deep natural gas reserves. Some of these jobs can pay $60,000 to $70,000 a year - without the burden of $50,000 or more in student loans.

As natural gas continues to expand, so do the needs for a local workforce with these skills that are gong to be in demand by some estimates for the next 30-50 years.