Welcome to Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management (PETSM), a department with three unique degree programs.

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For 40 years, Nicholls State University has been educating upstream oil and gas professionals in the unique Petroleum Services and Safety Technology degree programs.  We pride ourselves in providing higher education opportunities to non-traditional working students in the oil and gas industry for the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) operations.  Our graduates are now employed around the world in management and leadership positions in the upstream sector including many who have worked and now work for Bureau of Safety Environmental Enforcement.

The PETSM degree programs are the only known of their kind, uniquely scheduling courses to accommodate rotational work schedules including 7-days-on, 7-days-off and the 14-days-on, 14-days-off. Graduates are elevated to management positions in safety, drilling operations and production operations, or they are employed in the service and supply component of the petroleum industry.

The PETSM programs prepares graduates for lucrative careers in the expanding oil and gas industry around the world.

The PETSM degree programs allow students to pursue:

The degree programs are designed  as a “two plus two”. “Two plus two” allows students to earn one (or both) of the Associate degrees in either Petroleum Services or Safety Technology.  Students can continue for two additional years and earn a Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Services.

To enroll now, contact the Office of Admissions at 1-877-Nicholls.

The Department of Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management degree offerings are accredited by The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)
1390 Eisenhower Place, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, Telephone: (734)677-0720

Nicholls State University PETSM Programs Performance and Student Achievement (pdf)