Petroleum Engineering Technology

Petroleum Engineering Technology

About the Program

The mission of the Petroleum Engineering Technology program is to provide high quality education and training

AWARD TYPES: Certificate Level 2, Associate of Applied Science

AREA OF STUDY: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

Degrees and Certificates

Learn more about the Degrees and Certificates offered by this program by visiting the HCC Catalog.

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Program Outcomes

Students will be able to:


Explain Exploration, Production, and Operation concepts associated with the Petroleum Industry. Describe basic geological concepts, surveys, and maps relevant to the exploration and production.


Analyze petroleum data analysis associated with exploration & production, well completions and facilities operations.


Explain data acquisition by in using relevant software in Petroleum industry.


Describe natural gas production and enhanced oil recovery. Identify basic petrochemicals and describe their technology of production.

Program Information

General Requirements

Petroleum Engineering Technology is a program designed to prepare individuals to work as Petroleum Engineering Technicians in the oil and gas and related industries. The petroleum industry hires these highly skilled individuals for multiple field and office positions. This challenging program is designed to train petroleum engineering technicians in all areas of down and mid stream operations.  Students complete an intense core curriculum in areas that include hydrocarbon safety, drilling, petroleum geology, oil and gas exploration and production, reservoir operations, well head completions, petroleum data management operations and analysis, natural gas production, and economics. In conjunction with these courses, students employ the latest computer software in E&P, operations, data mining, and geological mapping.

The curriculum is based upon the core duties and related tasks identified by industry organizations such as BP (primarily), Shell, Chevron/Texaco, ExxonMobil, Bechtel Corporation, Conoco, Halliburton and others. Graduates of Petroleum Engineering Technology are employed in process design, data entry and evaluation, well operations, environmental control, plant engineering, geological surveys, engineering sales, research and development, and manufacturing. Common industries for employment include: power, gas processing, refineries, petrochemical processing, oil and gas mining, manufacturing, drilling and exploration services.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.



A Virtual Information Session for prospective students will take place on Mondays from 2 pm to 3 pm. During the information sessions, students will be advised of the enrollment options in the Global Energy workforce programs. To register, please call 713-718-5534 or email
Program Coordinator: Farrish Betton




There are 5,514 Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 6.1% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 318 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $32.38 hourly, $67,000 annually


Hybrid Programs Restrictions

Hybrid programs allow students to take a mix of online and face-to-face courses. Hybrid programs offer 50% to 85% of their courses online and the remainder of the curriculum is taken in-person on one of HCC’s campuses. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.

Language Option Restrictions

Some hybrid programs require students to participate in foreign language courses as part of the program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements and available language options. If you would like to take courses in a language that is not offered online, you would have to do so on campus.

Elective Course Restrictions

Some hybrid programs may have a limited number of elective options available, based on which of the designated electives are currently offered online.  Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.

Required Course Restrictions

Hybrid programs require students to participate in campus-based courses as part of a given program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements. 

Potential Course Restrictions

Some online courses may have face-to-face requirements for exams, laboratory sessions, and other activities. Please review your course syllabus to determine if your online course has an on-campus laboratory or examination requirement.


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Marketable Skills

Learn more about the marketable skills—skills valued by employers that can be applied in variety of work settings—so you can communicate these to potential employers. Click on the relevant award title below to see descriptions of marketable skills for that area.

Petroleum Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

Petroleum Engineering Technology, C2


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Petroleum Engineering Technology

Hours of Operation: Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm