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Bachelor of Applied Technology Petroleum Engineering

Open for Fall 2020

Closed for Winter 2020

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Applied Degree
Available: Full Time Classroom or Online

Program Highlights

Learn all aspects of the upstream petroleum industry, including exploration and economic analysis, preparing you for careers such as gas process engineering and facilities design. Check out our courses  available through Continuing Education.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 3: $6,474
Year 4: $1,751
Year 3 (International): $21,649
Year 4 (International): $5,735

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


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 winter 2020 open May 1, 2019.
  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019.
Term Program start
Winter 2020 Jan. 6, 2020
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 

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Open the door to the Canadian oil and gas field with SAIT’s Bachelor of Applied Technology Petroleum Engineering.

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 of the oil and gas industry.

Program Details

Program description

The BAPT program is designed for students who have completed technical degrees or diplomas and wish to receive training for a career in the petroleum industry. There are many optional courses providing 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. This allows students to personalize their training to better suit their interests and career needs.

Your career

This program prepares graduates for career opportunities in the petroleum industry in such areas as oil and gas exploration, drilling, reservoir and production engineering, gas process engineering, oil and gas facilities design and operation, upgrading and refining operations and economic analysis.

Student success

Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs.

Credentials and accreditation

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


It should be noted that this degree does not currently provide the requirements leading to registration as a professional engineer. The degree is designed to provide the graduate with in-depth applicable training that will allow the graduate to function as a highly skilled member of an engineering team working in one of the areas outlined above.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • SAIT

To learn more, visit transfer options

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Applications are open until the program start date.
  • Winter 2020 start: applications open May 1, 2019
  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019

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 Office of the Registrar at the time of application. Foreign documents need to be assessed by either World Education Services (WES) or SAIT International Document Assessment (IDA). Registration in a Canadian Professional Engineering or a Certified Technologist organization can be substituted for the WES or IDA 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.

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

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 1.5
RESR-412 Reservoir 1.5
Total credits 12.0

Required (may be waived by Academic Chair depending upon applicant's prior education)

Course code Course name Credit
MATH-403 Intermediate Engineering Math 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 to reach 27 credits total)

All courses with the exception of 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

Depending on course selection, the total time students spend in class and labs is approximately 750 hours. Students are responsible for finding this position, but the 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

Required work experience: 750 hours (depending on course selection)

Total credits: 57


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.


Domestic tuition and fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
3 $5,489 $462 $288 $235 $6,474
4 $1,463 - $288 - $1,751

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
3 $20,439 $462 $288 $460 $21,649
4 $5,447 - $288 - $5,735

Use our cost calculator to get your estimated yearly cost for the program. 


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $302 - Check eligibility here 

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $110
  • Dental Plan: $125
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out and adding dependants.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $460
  • 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.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.


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