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Bachelor of Applied Technology Petroleum Engineering

Open for Fall 2022

Waitlisted for Winter 2022

Length: 2 years Credential: Applied Degree Delivery: Full Time Classroom or Online

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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Winter 2022 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
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Learn all aspects of the upstream petroleum industry, including exploration and economic analysis, to prepare for a career in areas like gas process engineering and facilities design. 

The Bachelor of Applied Technology Petroleum Engineering program is designed for students who have completed technical degrees or diplomas and wish to receive training for a career in the petroleum industry.

Our courses provide detailed training in specialized fields such as oil and gas exploration, drilling, reservoir and production engineering, oil and gas facilities design and operation, upgrading and refining operations and economic analysis.

Students can choose which courses best suit their interests and needs in order to personalize their training. 


This degree does not currently provide graduates with the requirements to register as a professional engineer. The program is designed to provide in-depth applicable training allowing graduates to function as highly skilled members of an engineering team working in one of the areas outlined above.


After successfully completing the program, graduates will receive a SAIT Bachelor of Applied Technology Engineering degree.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities in: 

  • oil and gas exploration 
  • drilling 
  • reservoir and production engineering
  • gas process engineering
  • upgrading and refining operations 

Related careers include: 

  • oil and gas facilities design and operation 
  • economic analyst 

Tuition and fees per year*


Year 3: $6,342
Year 4: $1,690

Year 3 (International): $23,514
Year 4 (International): $7,837

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid

Admission requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for winter 2022 open March 31, 2021.
  • Applications for fall 2022 open on Oct. 6, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 April 29, 2022
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022 Aug. 19, 2022
Fall 2022 Sept. 6, 2022 April 28, 2023

Open the door to the Canadian oil and gas field

Flexible delivery options allow you to tailor your learning to fit your schedule and further your career. Covering all aspects of the petroleum industry through in-class learning and a supervised practicum helps you expand your knowledge and options in the oil and gas industry.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Winter 2022 start: applications are open March 31, 2021
  • Spring 2022 start: applications open June 14, 2021.
  • Fall 2022 start: applications open on Oct. 6, 2021.

Admission requirements

  • A two-year SAIT diploma in Petroleum Engineering Technology, Chemical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Instrumentation Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, or similar engineering technology, with a grade point average of 2.5 or better is the normal entrance requirement.
  • 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.
  • A transcript of marks for all post-secondary courses or programs is required for all applicants and must be submitted to the  Office of the Registrar at the time of application. Foreign documents need to be assessed by either World Education Services (WES) or SAIT’s International Document Assessment. 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 must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: four-step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Bachelor of Applied Technology Petroleum Engineering and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

Program completion

  • Students in applied degree programs have seven years to complete the credential requirements. 
  • The time limitation begins on the date the student starts the first course in the credential. 
  • For more information, refer to AC 3.1.1 - Grading and Progression Procedure.


Program outline

The program is being reviewed and could change.

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

General requirements

Required core courses (select all)

Course code Course name Credit
CHEN-402 Fluid Phase Behaviour 1.5
COMM-405 Industrial Communications  3.0
DRLG-412 Drilling 1.5
ECON-404 Petroleum Economics 1.5
GEOL-410 Petroleum Geology 1.5
PTPR-412 Production Operations Engineering 3.0
RESR-412 Reservoir 1.5
Total credits 13.5

Course code Course name Credit
MATH-403 Intermediate Engineering Mathematics 1.5
THRM-405 Fundamentals of Engineering 1.5
Total credits 3.0

Core elective courses (select three to six credits)

Course code Course name Credit
ADMN-411 Team Skills 1.5
BFIN-430 Financial Control, Budgets, and Planning 1.5
PROJ-421 Project Management 1.5
SAFE-412 Safety in the Petroleum Industry 1.5
Total credits 6.0

Additional courses (select remaining courses, 9 credit minimum to reach 27 credits total)

All courses except for ENVS 470, EVAL 464, PETR 409, PTPR 465, PROP 425, RESR 424, and RESR 473 are offered in the fall and winter semesters, although seat availability for some can be limited by demand.

The courses ENVS 470, EVAL 464, PETR 409, PTPR 465, PROP 425, RESR 424, and RESR 473 are only offered in the winter semester.  

Course code Course name Credit
CHEN-405 Process Engineering 3.0
CNTR-405 Instrumentation and Process Control 1.5
ENVS-402 Environmental Considerations 1.5
PETR-409 Refining and Petrochemical Technology 1.5
PTPR-470 Well Completions, Stimulations, and Workovers 3.0
CHEN-465 Process Design Using Computers 3.0
DRLG-451 Drilling Technology - Advanced 3.0
ENVS-470 Advanced Environmental Considerations 1.5
EVAL-402 Well Logging 1.5
EVAL-464 Evaluation of Oil and Gas Projects 1.5
PETR-461 Advanced Exploration Technology 3.0
PTPR-465 Advanced Production Engineering 1.5
PROP-425 Gas Process Engineering - Advanced 3.0
RESR-425 Reservoir Simulation 3.0
RESR-424 Advanced Reservoir Engineering 1.5
RESR-464 Heavy Oil Recovery 1.5
RESR-473 Oilsands Mining and Processing 1.5

Required work experience

At least 750 hours of work experience in a paid position in the petroleum industry. Students are responsible for finding this position, but a SAIT Advisor will facilitate this as much as possible.

Course code Course name Credit
PRAC-400 Practicum I for BAPT 15.0
PRAC-410 Practicum Project for BAPT 15.0
Total credits 30.0


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available. To learn more, visit transfer options


2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
3 $6,342 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $7,675
4 $1,690 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $2,461

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
3 $22,089 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $23,514
4 $6,412 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $7,837

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 per year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Winter 2022


Your program orientation will take place Jan. 7 on campus. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.

Learn more about campus orientation.

We are expecting to meet you at student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes that begin on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an adjustable block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

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

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

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

Preparation courses

To support your success, two short courses are available to you to help prepare you for the academic year:

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester..

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

SAFE 160: Safety Orientation

All courses can be accessed through Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

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 required this term.


Phone: 403.284.8451
Email: macphail.students@sait.ca

Academic chair

Uwe Brandt, Academic Chair
Email: Uwe.Brandt@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

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