Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management


Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Services

Concentrations in:
– Safety Technology (PSST)
– Exploration and Production (PSEP)

Associates of Safety Technology

Associates of Petroleum Services


The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) is a specialized accreditor for technology, management and applied engineering degrees. The primary purpose of ATMAE accreditation is to encourage and recognize the attainment of certain professional goals and standards for technology and to encourage continuous quality improvement through a voluntary and comprehensive evaluation process.

Sample Courses

PSET 100. Freshman Seminar for Petroleum Services Majors

PSET 121. Petroleum Computational Methods

PSET 171. Well Drilling

PSET 231. Gas Production

PSET 241. Oil Production

PSET 295. Petroleum Seminar Capstone

PSET 301. Human Resources Utilization in the Petroleum Industry

PSET 371. Drilling Fluids

PSET 384. Well Control

PSET 477. Well Evaluation, Methods, and Procedures


7/7 & 14/14 Scheduling

PETSM is uniquely designed to accommodate professionals working in the oil & gas industry.  In 1973, the program was designed to accommodate a 7 on 7 off rotation with Wednesday crew change days.  As the years have gone by, the 14 on 14 off rotational schedule has become the norm.

PETSM has adapted over the years and continues to provide access to potential students in the oil & gas industry wanting to pursue higher education.  The degrees are designed so that a student working full time on a rotational schedule can finish the associate’s degree program in 2 years and receive a bachelor’s degree with 2 more years of study.  Students have a choice to pursue an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree focusing on exploration and production or safety technology or students can pursue both.

How Does the 7 & 7 Scheduling Work?

A typical fall or spring semester will have 15 weeks and during each week the core petroleum or safety courses are taught on a Tuesday and Thursday.  Class meetings are numbered class 1 through class 15 starting with the first week (class 1) and ending on the last week (class 15) of the semester.  The instructors will teach the same class using the same content on a Tuesday and again on Thursday each week of the semester. Basically, each Tuesday class will be mirrored on Thursday and vice-versa. Students only need to attend class once a week depending on their availability (either Tuesday or Thursday).  All required general education (English, Math, Science, History, etc.) are offered online. (On campus tests may be a possibility). In addition, there are a number of core courses (petroleum and safety) taught online including independent study or classes taught with a hybrid delivery method (a combination of face to face and online material).






Examples of jobs held by current and former students are as follows:

DegreeJob TitleEmployer
Bachelor’s Degree in Petroleum ServicesLease OperatorWood Group PSN
 Production SuperintendentEl Paso Gas Company
 Production TechValero Refinery
Bachelor’s and/or Associate’s Degree inPetroleum ServicesWire Line OperatorHalliburton
 Drilling RepresentativeExxon Mobil
 Drilling RepresentativeChevron
 Lease OperatorChevron
Associate’s Degree in Petroleum ServicesProduction Operator AHill Oil Corporation
 Production Operator AChevron
 Compliance CoordinatorBSEE
 Logistics CoordinatorHalliburton
 Port CaptainMontco Boat Company
 Lease OperatorDanos & Curole

Safety Technology Careers

Students are prepared for positions as:

  • compliance officer,
  • safety engineer,
  • health and safety manager,
  • loss control specialist,
  • trainer,
  • program administrator,
  • inspector and
  • investigator.

The safety technology program prepares its students for technical- and management-oriented positions in:

  • businesses,
  • education,
  • research organizations,
  • government agencies and
  • industries, such as:
    • construction
    • energy
    • chemical
    • manufacturing
    • shipyard
    • marine transportation
    • insurance
    • marine
    • petroleum

MORE THAN a Department

What is Petroleum Engineering Technology and how is it different from Engineering?

Basically engineering focuses on theory and conceptual design, while engineering technology focuses on application and implementation.

Our programs will educate students on the upstream portion of the industry – drilling, production and safety.  This program will prepare students:

  • for elevated management positions in drilling, production operations, well services and completion or the service and supply component in the oil and gas industry
  • in areas safety, health and environmental segments of any industry

Our courses expose students to multi-segmented aspects of the industry in these areas:

  1. Exploration (Drilling and Completions) – the initial phase of searching of oil and gas. Next, the well is drilled and then completed. This phase has a business organizational structure and critical safety aspects which are presented in a similar way through the PETSM curriculum.
  2. Production – the next phase where oil and gas are extracted.
  3. Well Services (workover and intervention) – highly specialized and complex intervention methods performed throughout the lifecycle of a well. PETSM courses engage students in the operations required to enhance well production safely and efficiently.
  4.  Plug and Abandonment – the permanent closing of a well. PETSM courses include common regulatory requirements for safe and environmental surety of well closures.
  5.  Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) – An aspect present in all areas of the industry. Adherence to HSE guidelines is required worldwide and dictated by internal policies of most corporations.

The PETSM curriculum goes beyond compliance to personal safety requirements and prepares graduates to effectively manage safety systems. Our courses are designed to promote opportunities as professional HSE specialist, HSE consultants, and HSE engineers.

Dr Milton Saidu

Title: Associate Professor/Dept Head
Department: Petroleum Eng Tech and Safety Mgmt
Phone: 985-448-4747
Office Location: Gouaux Hall, 333