Apr 23, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Petroleum Engineering Technology

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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.

Program Overview

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.


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


The program is nationally accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) 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).


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

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

All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Program Outline

Total Credits 60

Program Outcomes

  1. Apply an understanding of oil and gas operation principles to subsurface and surface production.
  2. Apply geological concepts to analyze and interpret geological data.
  3. Collect, organize and analyze reservoir data in order to evaluate and predict reservoir performance.
  4. Apply basic formation evaluation theory and techniques to analyze and interpret well logs.
  5. Design drilling, completion and well intervention programs using current industry standards.
  6. Evaluate and compare the economic viability and risk of petroleum projects in order to recommend places of action.
  7. Interpret surveys, maps, land divisions, and acquisition procedures.
  8. Use recognized project management practices for petroleum projects.
  9. Use software to analyze and solve problems in the petroleum industry.
  10. Develop and evaluate petroleum engineering projects adhering to regulatory, environmental, legal, ethical, and safety requirements.
  11. Communicate technical information in written and verbal formats targeted to specific audiences in the petroleum industry.
  12. Demonstrate professional attitudes, behaviors and skills according to the legal and ethical requirements of ASET (or equivalent) in individual and/or team environments.
  13. Apply critical thinking skills to analyze and solve problems.

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