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Petroleum Engineering Technology

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Open for Winter 2021

Length: 2 years Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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For the winter 2021 term, students will take their classes online. Students entering their fourth semester will receive instruction in a blended format, with some classes online and others on-campus. Learn more

Overview

Get world-class, hands-on training in petroleum engineering technology. Study all areas of the industry — from exploration and drilling to field operations and economic analysis — and start a successful career in oil and gas production.

In the Petroleum Engineering Technology program, you’ll be trained in all areas of the upstream petroleum industry, including exploration, field operations, drilling, economic analysis and reserves determination.

From the office to the field, graduates will ultimately be responsible for many of the technical activities involved in the production of oil and gas.

Is this the right fit for me?

Students who achieve success in this program generally have higher high school grades or recent upgrading courses. Math 31 (Calculus) is an asset.

Accreditation

The program is nationally accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board and Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists at the technologist level.

Graduates are eligible for membership in The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals in Alberta (ASET).

Credentials

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Petroleum Engineering Technology.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities as a petroleum engineering technologist in the upstream oil and gas industry in: 

  • exploration and development 
  • field operations 
  • drilling 
  • computer applications 
  • economic analysis 
  • reserves determination.  

Related careers include: 

  • geotechnical engineer 
  • economic analyst 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $5,596
Year 2: $5,596

Year 1 (International): $18,429 
Year 2 (International): $18,429

Year 1: TBA 
Year 2: TBA

Year 1 (International): $17,288 (+fees TBD)
Year 2 (International): $18,498 (+fees TBD)

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

Full costs
Tuition and financial aid

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 for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020, and are accepted until the program start.
  • Applications for fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020, and are accepted until the program start.
Term Program start
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021

SAIT's Petroleum Engineering Technology diploma

Get trained in all areas of the upstream petroleum industry, including exploration, field operations, drilling, economic analysis and reserves determination.

From the office to the field, graduates will ultimately be responsible for many of the technical activities involved in the production of oil and gas.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Winter 2021 start: applications are open March 30, 2020, and are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.
  • Fall 2021 start: applications are open Oct. 7, 2020, until the program start date but are subject to change.

Admission requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 60% in Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30, or at least 75% in Math 30-2
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 75% English Language Arts 30-2
  • At least 60% in Chemistry 30
  • At least 60% in Physics 20

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 Petroleum Engineering Technology 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. 

Courses

Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First year

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
CHEM-232 Petroleum Engineering Chemistry  1.5
COMM-256 Professional Communication and Presentation Skills 3.0
COMP-254 Petroleum Computer Applications  1.5
GEOL-246 Physical Geology 3.0
MATH-238 Math for Engineering & Technology I 3.0
PTPR-207 Fundamentals of Petroleum Operations 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
DRLG-266 Fundamentals of Drilling  3.0
GEOL-256 Petroleum Geology 1.5
MATH-288 Math for Engineering & Tech II 3.0
PETR-215 Applied Petroleum Fluid Mechanics 3.0
PTPR-250 Surface Production Operations 1.5
RESR-252 Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering Technology 3.0
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total
30.0

Second year

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
DRLG-304 Advanced Well Design  3.0
PETR-315 Petroleum Engineering Mechanics 1.5
PROJ-336 Petroleum Management  1.5
PTPR-322 Sub-surface Production Operations 3.0
RESR-335 Intermediate Reservoir Engineering Technology  3.0
STAT-245 Statistics for Engineering & Tech I 3.0
Semester 3 Total 15.0

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
DRLG-356 Well Programming and Operations Monitoring  3.0
ENVS-363 HS & E for Petroleum Operations  3.0
GEOL-366 Advanced Petroleum Geology  1.5
PROJ-310 Petroleum Industry Project 1.5
PTPR-360 Well Stimulations and Completions  3.0
RESR-350 Advanced Reservoir Engineering Technology  3.0
Semester 4 Total 15.0
Second Year Total 30.0
Program Total 60.0

Progression

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 with the following universities and colleges:

  • Montana Tech
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Wyoming

To learn more, visit  Transfer Options.

Costs

2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $4,374 $682 $288 $252 $5,596
2 $4,374 $682 $288 $252 $5,596

2020/21 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $17,116 $682 $288 $344 $18,429
2 $17,116 $682 $288 $344 $18,429

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Check back for updates on the 2021/22 domestic tuition and fees. 

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 TBA $- $- $- TBA
2 TBA $- $- $- TBA

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Check back for updates on the 2021/22 fees and program totals 

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $17,288 $- $- $- TBA
2 $18,498 $- $- $- TBA

*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. 

SAIT Fees

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*

* 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 2021

Orientation

Orientation details for new students will be provided closer to the program start date. Watch your inbox!

Visit our orientation page.

Delivery

This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Winter 2021 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 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 equipment/tools

You'll require a scientific calculator capable of performing linear regression.

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 Winter 2021 booklist will be available beginning in late November.

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.

Contact 

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

Academic chair

Ken Rossi, Academic Chair
Email: ken.rossi@sait.ca

Next steps for students who began in Fall 2020

Orientation

Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 4, 2020.

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

Delivery

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 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 equipment/tools

You'll require a scientific calculator capable of performing linear regression.

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.

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

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

MacPhail School of Energy
403.284.8451
MacPhail.Students@sait.ca

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