Mandatory requirements

Applicants for this program are required to have previously completed post-secondary studies at an accredited post-secondary institution. Review admission requirements for more details.

Overview

The Bachelor of Applied Technology in Petroleum Engineering is for individuals with an existing technical degree or diploma who want to rise to the next level in the petroleum industry.

This program is an essential stepping stone to a fulfilling career within the upstream petroleum sector, including gas process engineering and facilities design.

You will explore the core segments of the petroleum industry and gain a thorough grounding in: 

  • oil and gas exploration, including the techniques and challenges involved in discovering new petroleum reservoirs
  • drilling engineering, acquiring skills in drilling mechanics and operations, understanding the complexities of building wells
  • the behaviour of oil and gas reservoirs and how to maximize resource extraction
  • the phases of production, from wellbore to surface operations, ensuring efficiency and sustainability
  • oil and gas facilities design and operation, engaging in the design, build and operation of facilities with an emphasis on safety and environmental considerations
  • upgrading and refining operations, including the processes involved in converting crude oil into usable products, enhancing product value
  • the tools for cost estimation, risk assessment and financial forecasting essential in the petroleum industry.

Customized learning pathways

Acknowledging that each student’s interests and career goals are unique, our Bachelor of Applied Technology in Petroleum Engineering offers the flexibility to tailor your educational journey. You can select from various courses that align with your career goals. 

As a graduate, you will be well-equipped to leverage your degree and prior technical background to tackle the challenges of the petroleum industry in Alberta and elsewhere. 

You will be prepared for roles that demand strong technical and analytical skills. Whether you’re aiming for technical leadership or innovation in engineering practices, this program is your launchpad into the diverse and dynamic field of petroleum engineering. 

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Those in the petroleum engineering field tend to be objective, innovative, and directive. 

You need:

  • an aptitude for math, chemistry and physics
  • organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
  • the ability to work alone and with a team. 

You should be comfortable analyzing data, creative problem-solving, working with tools and instruments to perform your work with precision, and be at ease taking charge. 

You must have an existing diploma or degree in science, mathematics or engineering to enter this program.

There may also be opportunities to further your education once you graduate.

Learn more about program and institution transfer options.

You’ll participate in a practicum and capstone project. 

During your practicum, you’ll gain at least 750 hours of work experience in a paid position in the petroleum industry. Your capstone project will then focus on creating a major technical report based on the experience and data gathered on the job.

You will be responsible for finding your work position, but SAIT advisors assist you as much as possible

Graduates of this program may be considered for accreditation with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), provided you meet the established criteria and are successful in the assessment process. 

After successfully completing this program, you’ll receive a SAIT Bachelor of Applied Technology Petroleum Engineering degree.

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Careers and opportunities

Each year, SAIT conducts a survey between February and April to determine the employment rate, salary and satisfaction of our newest SAIT alumni. 

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Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Associated National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 20010, 21332, 22101, 73402, 82020.

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Career counselling and support

Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.

You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.

Courses

This program is currently under review and is subject to change for the upcoming academic year. Please check back for updated information.

The Bachelor of Applied Petroleum Engineering Technology requires 57 credits for completion. 

The program consists of:

  • Petroleum engineering core courses - 13.5 credits
  • Core elective courses - 3 - 6 credits 
  • Complementary elective courses - 27 credits
  • Work experience - 30 credits

Course Credits

Describes the properties of petroleum reservoir fluids (gas, oil, and water) important to understanding and predicting reservoir behaviour. These properties include the effects of temperature, pressure, and composition on gas solubility in oil and water, fluid volume/density, and fluid viscosity. The course also includes the fluid behaviours required for numerical reservoir flow simulation. These behaviours will include single component fluid phase changes (e.g. liquid and vapour), multi-component fluid phase changes, gas-liquid equilibrium, and various Equations of State.

1.5

This course will introduce learners to a variety of technical communications, including technical documents, reports, career portfolios, and professional presentations produced in relevant industry settings. Learners will gain an understanding of the strategies and skills required for effective communication in a professional environment. Course work will require learners to work in individual and collaborative settings.

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This course will provide the student with an overview of the drilling operation, including hardware and operational technologies, drilling rig components, drillstring properties and components, BOP and other safety system fundamentals, kick detection, mud formulation and property determination and adjustment, pressure drop calculations in the drillstring and annulus, and casing systems.

1.5

The course will introduce basic economics concepts with their terminology, including the time value of money and discounted cash flows, and cover taxes and land resource ownership in Alberta, partnership agreements, Alberta Government agencies and their roles, oil and gas production rate limitations in Alberta, sales contracts in Alberta, and profitability analysis. The “day program” course offering will also include an introduction to a petroleum economic evaluation program widely used by industry and a project assignment will be given that includes the use of the program.

1.5

This course covers basic physical geology, identification of sedimentary rocks, physical processes acting on the earth’s surface (i.e. erosion/deposition), and the concept of geological time. Emphasis will be placed on the characteristics of reservoir rock, types and origin of hydrocarbon traps, and petroleum exploration techniques.

1.5

This course deals with the procedures involved in placing a well on production, including completion methods, well stimulation by acidizing or fracturing, wellheads, chokes, artificial lift methods, valves and surface lines. Methods of analyzing an oil well pressure buildup test are handled with example problems to determine the reservoir permeability and skin factor on the well. Problem areas such as hydrate formation, corrosion, emulsion problems and phase measurement are discussed. Surface facilities such as separators, treaters, dehydration systems and metering are introduced, with calculation methods for sizing two and three phase separators, and pressure drop estimation methods in surface lines and fittings.

1.5

The course provides an introduction to the different types of reservoirs, production drive mechanisms, absolute and effective porosity, permeability and relative permeability concepts, phase behaviour of hydrocarbon fluids, and Darcy’s Law. Oil and gas reserves categorization and estimation will also be introduced, including volumetric, material balance, and decline curve analysis methods.

1.5

This course enables the student to obtain a level of proficiency in both applied engineering fluid mechanics and introductory thermodynamics, to apply those principles to scientific and technological problems, to critically analyze fluid systems, and to solve practical applications. Topics include basic fluid properties, fluid pressure, manometers, flow rate, Bernoulli’s equation, fluid laminar and turbulent flow, Reynold’s number, major and minor friction losses, pipeline systems, pump selection, heat, temperature, internal energy, laws of thermodynamics, calorimetry, and ideal gases in a closed system.

1.5

Work experience

Course Credits

This course is designed to assess and to verify the student’s competency in a variety of technical, professional, and interpersonal functions in a job situation within the energy industry. Upon arranging a work experience practicum assignment, the student will create and then complete a work experience verification report. The student will be responsible for submitting a series of quarterly reports based on the student’s activities in the employment setting.

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In this course, the student will prepare a major technical report from experience and data gathered on the job. The student will outline this report in conjunction with a job supervisor and a program advisor, and will then present the completed report to a jury for explanation and further analysis and approval.

Pre-requisites:
  • PRAC 400
15

Core electives (select three to six total credits)

Course Credits

Much of today’s business is accomplished more through teamwork than individual effort. This course presents current concepts of teams and team skills through the following topics: team performance and improvement, commitment, painting the vision, leadership in today’s business, obstacles and trouble, achievement celebration, teams in changing organizations, quick change organizations and coaching the team. Students participate as team members and will complete four team projects.

1.5

Beginning the financial plan with goals, this course will touch on forecasts and estimates, financing, and cash flow. The processes of budgeting and financial control involving authorization, feedback and analysis will be covered in more detail. Student workshop exercises will simulate real business situations.

1.5

Beginning with project planning methods and tools, this course concentrates on schedule and cost control from inception to completion of a project, overcoming obstacles to success, measurement of progress, and quality control. The use of software tools will be included, reviewed and discussed as available.

1.5

The following topics are covered in this course: building a safety program, safety and environmental law, general industrial safety, process safety management, hazard identification and control, worksite inspections, contractor control, emergency response planning, incident investigation and analysis, and safety program audits. WHMIS and TDG certificates may be earned if time permits.

1.5

Complementary electives (select remaining courses to reach 27 credits total)

Course Credits

The following process engineering subjects are covered: diagrams used in process engineering (block flow diagrams, process flow diagrams and process and instrumentation (P&I) diagrams); unit operations of chemical engineering (an overview of fluid flow, heat transfer and mass transfer operations); sizing of typical equipment (process lines, pumps, compressors, heat exchangers, two and three phase separators and fractionation towers). The course includes presentation of a typical mechanical design following a detailed process design and, time permitting, an introduction to computer based design programs such as Hysys and Pipesys.

3

HYSYS software is used to design surface facilities. This includes separators, fractionation columns, dehydration systems, a chemical plant and other equipment design. Dynamic simulation of a chemical plant is included with controller tuning and adjustment; the effect of tuning parameters on process stability and behaviour is investigated. PIPESYS software is used to calculate and simulate flows in pipes and pipeline systems, with heat transfer from the pipeline, and offshore pipelines are modelled which are partly exposed to the atmosphere, immersed in seawater and buried. A design project is carried out by students using the above simulators.

Pre-requisites:
  • CHEN 405
3

The following technical material is presented: principles of process measurement and control; measurement techniques and instrumentation for process variables including pressure, flow rate, temperature, composition, pH, humidity and level control; process control systems, feedback control, PID control systems; systems analysis and modeling techniques and interaction of the process with the control system. Part of the course involves laboratory measurements and practicals using various measurement devices and control systems with evaluation of practical reports forming part of the course evaluation process.

1.5

This is an overview of basic drilling practices followed by advanced drilling technology, planning, bit selection, hydraulics, blowout control and mud technology. Drilling of deviated wells, multiwells, horizontal wells and well completions are also covered, in addition to recent advances in drilling such as underbalanced drilling, coiled-tubing drilling, and slim hole drilling.

Pre-requisites:
  • DRLG 412
3

This course was designed to develop skill sets in the areas of: Compliance and Liability/Risk Assessment. This would include: contaminated site investigations, key player involvement and area jurisdiction, investigation processes, and provide the opportunity for individuals to perform monitoring of existing sites, ranging from facility license requirements to reclamation procedures and actual clean up of sites. Audit, Remediation, Sustainable development has become an industrial requirement for: Oil and Gas, Mining, Forestry, Commercial Real Estate, Farming, Banking, and the appraisal industry. Monitoring on existing sites, with detailed abilities to reclaim leases/sites to Alberta regulatory criteria specifications.

1.5

This course will emphasize design, equipment sizing criteria, and application to mitigate contaminant release. Topics covered will include air and noise emissions, pollution control, reuse of produced water from heavy oil, contaminant hydrogeology, site remediation, and well abandonment.

Pre-requisites:
  • ENVS 402
1.5

This course will provide an introduction to well log analysis, introducing the major types of logs used in oil and gas exploration and evaluation. The specific responses of the logging methods to different types of reservoirs will be discussed, including how to distinguish oil, gas and water zones, the reliability of the various methods, and quantitative analysis of well logging parameters. Prospect generation, structure mapping and cross-section evaluation, formation pay mapping and ACCUMAP usage will be introduced.

Pre-requisites:
  • GEOL 410 or GEOL 412
1.5

This course will cover the following topics: the main oil refining processes; these will include desalting, atmospheric and vacuum tower distillation, cracking, isomerization, alkylation, hydrogenation, desulfurization, coking processes; gaseous products, gasoline and diesel fuel properties and blending, octane numbers and additives, kerosene, lubricating oil and fuel oil properties. Petrochemical production processes will be introduced by considering separation processes for basic components; polymerization processes and the production processes for materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC, ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol, ethyl and isopropyl alcohols, acetic acid, and other basic organic materials used in industry; properties of petrochemical materials, thermoplastics, resins, fibres and foams.

1.5

This course will cover the following topics: nodal analysis and production optimization, identification of production bottlenecks; emulsion-breaking and treater operations, types of chemicals used, use of combined thermal and chemical treatments; selected topics in artificial lift methods, pump selection, sucker rod pump dynamometer tests, gas lift design; cementing operations; acidizing and fracturing workover treatment design, additives used, proppant selection, application to vertical and horizontal wells; completion methods for horizontal wells; corrosion and control methods in downhole and surface equipment.

Pre-requisites:
  • PTPR 412
1.5

Well completions, stimulations and workover operations are important interventions that are required to optimize the economic recovery of petroleum resources. This course includes such topics as well programming, wellbore design and integrity, production logging, formation damage and acid stimulation with an emphasis on hydraulic fracturing.

Pre-requisites:
  • DRLG 412
  • GEOL 410 or GEOL 412
  • PTPR 412
3

This course deals with the latest production methods used for recovery of heavy oil using horizontal, vertical and multilateral wells, cold production, thermal techniques with steam flooding, CSS, SAGD, VAPEX, in-situ combustion, waterflooding and EOR techniques. Methods of predicting well and field productivities will be examined for the major recovery processes. The course will examine heavy oil PVT and analytical techniques, geology, field projects both within Canada and internationally, production problems, regulatory and fiscal issues. Comparisons with light oil production methods will be made, and differences in refining, upgrading, pipelining and transportation requirements for heavy oil will be highlighted.

1.5

This course examines the methods used for surface mining recovery of oil sands and oil shales, the transportation methods to the processing plant, and various separation methods used to separate the bitumen and heavy oil from the sands. The different separation methods such as flotation and gravity will be discussed.

1.5

Progression

You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure >

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Explore your options!

Some courses in this program are available through Open Studies. You can complete courses via Open Studies to get a head start on your education, reduce your course load once accepted into a credentialed program, or determine which career path best suits you before you fully commit. 

You may also take courses for general interest or personal and professional development.

Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents.

  • A two-year SAIT diploma with a grade point average of 2.5 or better in:
    • Petroleum Engineering Technology
    • Chemical Engineering Technology
    • Mechanical Engineering Technology
    • Instrumentation Engineering Technology
    • Civil Engineering Technology
    • Electrical Engineering Technology
    • or similar engineering technology program
  • University graduates holding relevant science (mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, or geophysics) or engineering degrees are accepted. Additional courses may be required before starting the program. Applicants with other qualifications may be considered upon submission of certified background information.
  • Registration in a Canadian Professional Engineering or a Certified Technologist organization can be substituted for the WES or SAIT assessments, subject to academic chair approval.

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

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English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Transfer agreements

At SAIT, we evaluate post-secondary credit you have previously earned and apply it to your SAIT credential. Explore our formal transfer agreements available for this program.

We can evaluate your prior education, even if we don't have a formal agreement in place.

Submit a transfer credit application

There are no formal transfer agreements currently in place for this program.

Transfer options for graduates

Build on the knowledge you’ve learned at SAIT. The opportunity to advance your education at an accredited post-secondary institution may be available.

🔗 Visit Transfer Alberta search tool for a full list of transfer opportunities within the province.

Available intakes

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: June 28, 2024
International students: Closed
  • Application deadline: May 29, 2024

Winter 2025

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: Oct. 25, 2024
International students: Open
  • Application deadline: Sept. 30, 2024

Costs

2024/25 tuition and fees

The following estimated costs are effective as of July 1, 2024.

The second year of this program is dedicated to a practicum placement where you will earn 30.0 credits towards your degree. Only billable hours amounting to 7.2 credits are used to calculate the tuition rate for this year.

Domestic students

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for domestic students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
3 2 $7,290 $1,608 $8,898
4 2 $1,944 $1,608 $3,552
Total cost:
$12,450

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for international students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
3 2 $23,598 $1,608 $25,206
4 2 $6,292.80 $1,608 $7,900.80
Total cost:
$33,106.80

Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

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Application process

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Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants. 

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  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
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