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Petroleum Engineering Technology

Waitlisted for Fall 2020

Open for Winter 2021

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

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.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $5,596
Year 2: $5,596
Year 1 (International): $18,546 
Year 2 (International): $18,546

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

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

Petroleum Engineering Technology diploma

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.

Program Details

Program description

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.

Your career

Graduates find work as petroleum engineering technologists in the upstream oil and gas industry in areas such as exploration and development, field operations, drilling, computer applications, economic analysis and reserves determination.

Student success

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


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


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).

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 .


Have questions about this specific program?

Contact MacPhail School of Energy

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

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

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. 


Program outline

View additional Petroleum Engineering Technology program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

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

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


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.


Tuition and fees per year*

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

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $17,116 $682 $288 $460 $18,546
2 $17,116 $682 $288 $460 $18,546

*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: $460
  • 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.

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 date

Friday, Aug. 30


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 Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.


Email: mse.students@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

As a former journeyman steamfitter-pipefitter with experience in the oil and gas industry, Jesse felt SAIT's Petroleum Engineering Technology program would be a good next step for his career. He hopes to find work overseas before completing his degree in petroleum engineering. 

Originally from Colombia, John enjoyed the networking opportunities and building new friendships during his program. 

Diego had gone to university before making the switch to SAIT where he loved the hands-on experience and networking opportunities.

Jesse Krueger
Petroleum Engineering Technology | 2018

"All the instructors in my program actually had field experience," he says. "That was probably one of the biggest highlights. The second one would be I got into the school petroleum society board in my last year." 

John Vasquez Gutierrez
Petroleum Engineering Technology | 2018

"I'm an international student and I heard that SAIT has a good reputation with petroleum engineering, so I decided to come here," he says. 

Diego Carpintero
Petroleum Engineering Technology | 2017

"It's created my passion for the petroleum industry." 

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