Welcome to Petroleum Engineering Technology
and Safety Management

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 Program is accredited by:


The PETSM program encourages student to join support groups and professional organizations that will be a positive influence not only in the classroom but in achieving employment after graduation. Student organizations meet regularly and attend various professional functions throughout the semester.

The mission of the AADE is to provide a forum for the dissemination of practical drilling technology to those employed or interested in the drilling industry.

The Student Section of the American Association of Drilling Engineers allows students to network with professionals and learn about the latest drilling practices and technology.

The organization, which hosts guest speakers from the oil drilling industry, also participates in community service, such as the Rebuilding Together projects which allowed AADE members to help restore a dilapidated New Orleans home. AADE strives to promote professionalism and respect within the drilling industry, the community and the environment in which it co-exists.

To join the Nicholls Student Section of the AADE, please visit the AADE New Orleans website.

For more information, please contact Mr. Michael Gautreaux at michael.gautreaux@nicholls.edu.

The Nicholls Student Section of the Bayou Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers was developed to promote the advancement of the safety profession and safety education among its members within its campus and community. Participation within the student section will help make the members entrance into safety/health careers easier. The interaction with the Bayou Chapter is an excellent opportunity to network and learn from the present leaders of our future profession. There are also available scholarships as well as internships/job opportunities.

To join the Nicholls Student Section of the ASSE, please visit the ASSE website.

For more information, please contact Dr. Milton Saidu at milton.saidu@nicholls.edu.

SPE makes it easy for you to network with industry professionals and possible employers, benefit from technology discussions at SPE meetings and events and receive society sponsored scholarships.

This association aims at enhancing the professional and social bond between students of petroleum engineering and the oil and gas industry.

To join the Nicholls Student Section of the SPE, please visit the SPE website.

For more information, please contact Mr. Michael Gautreaux at michael.gautreaux@nicholls.edu.