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Petroleum Engineering Technology

Open for Fall 2019

Waitlisted for Fall 2019 (International)

Open for Winter 2020

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: $4,962
Year 2: $4,962
Year 1 (International): $16,544
Year 2 (International): $16,544

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


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.
  • Applications for fall 2019 open Oct. 3, 2018.
  • Applications for winter 2020 open May 1, 2019.
TermProgram start
Fall 2019 Sept. 3, 2019 
Winter 2020 Jan. 6, 2020

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

Want a career you can really dig? 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.

  • Graduates of the Petroleum Engineering Technology program have a 90% employment rate.

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 for students interested in this program.

Credentials and accreditation

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 following professional associations: 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.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2019 start: applications open on Oct. 3, 2019.
  • Winter 2020 start: applications open May 1, 2019. 

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 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 Outline

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

First Year

Semester 1 -Fall

Course Code Course Name Credit
CHEM-232 Petroleum Engineering Chemistry  1.5
COMM-256 Professional Communication and Presentations 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 - Winter

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 - Fall

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 - Winter

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.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees 2019/20 total
1 $3,977 $462 $523 $4,962
2 $3,977 $462 $523 $4,962

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees 2019/20 total
1 $15,560 $462 $523 $16,544
2 $15,560 $462 $523 $16,544


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $302

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,800 in the first year and $1,200 in the second 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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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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