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Bachelor of Applied Technology Petroleum Engineering

Closed for Fall 2020

Waitlisted for Winter 2021

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

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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 already 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: $7,094
Year 4: $2,225
Year 3 (International): $23,183
Year 4 (International): $6,832

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

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Tuition and financial aid

Admission requirements

This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019.
  • Application for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021

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 open until the program start date.
  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019
  • Winter 2021 start: applications open March 30, 2020

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.

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.

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.  Most of the required courses and some of the options are also available through distance delivery.  International students are not able to take courses by distance delivery except for ADMN 411.

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

Total credits: 57

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Interested in a single course?

*Twelve individual courses can be taken without being accepted into the program.

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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


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
3 $5,873 $682 $288 $252 $7,094
4 $1,565 $200 $288 - $2,225

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
3 $21,870 $682 $288 $344 $23,183
4 $5,829 $372 $288 $344 $6,832

Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. 


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20 
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

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: $344
  • 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.

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.

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

Fall 2020


Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 3, 2020.

To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.


This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed 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, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience, ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices and SAFE 160: Safety Orientation. 

Required textbooks

The  booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

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.

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