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Oil and Gas Production Technology (OGPT)

101: Introduction to the Exploration and Production of Oil and Gas. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 99, MATH 129, or MATH 102.
This course is an introduction to the various aspects of the oil and gas industry, including equipment, systems, instrumentation, operations, and the related scientific principles. The origins of oil and gas, exploration, leasing, drilling, testing and completing wells, stimulating reservoirs, reservoir production, lifting, recovering, and separation are also included. This course also meets the division’s computer literacy requirement.

103: Drilling Complex Wells. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 102. Prerequisite: OGPT 101 and PHSC 111.
This course is a study of practices and procedures involved in complex drilling operations. The course is also an introduction to the fracturing process, including its mechanics and evaluation of success. Practice is provided in volume calculations, hydrostatic pressures, formations pressures, and analyzing problems in downhole drilling operations.

131: Well Completions and Workovers. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 102 and OGPT 103. Prerequisite: OGPT 101.
Topics covered include: completion design process; reservoir parameters and hydrostatics; well performance; service rig; wellbore and completion equipment; artificial lift equipment; completion and workover fluids; well testing; stimulation; primary and remedial cementing; sand scale and hydrates; wireline; and coiled tubing. Students will learn to estimate production and completion data and develop a personal plan of action for completing and working over a well.

150: Regulatory Issues for the Oil and Gas Industry. (2-2-0)
Prerequisite: OGPT 101. Prerequisite or corequisite: OGPT 103 and OGPT 131.
Topics covered include fundamental law concepts; federal, state, and local rules and regulations regarding human, health, and environment related to the energy sector; air and water quality; solid and hazardous waste and materials; inactive and abandoned sites; underground storage tanks; environmental safety; roles of federal, state, and local regulatory agencies; regulatory compliance and enforcement related to the energy sector.

203: Oil and Gas Instrumentation and Lab. (4-3-3)
Prerequisite: MATH 102, OGPT 131 and TEED 153.
A study of the selection, application, calibration, and usage of modern measurement and instrument systems, terminology, process variables, and control loops as used in an oil and gas environment. Measurement and transducer types, signal conditioning, recording, and analysis are also covered.

207: Production and Recovery I. (3-3-0) Fall only
Prerequisite: MATH 102, OGPT 131 and ENGL 101.
The course encompasses well production operations from the time the first potential oil or gas horizon is penetrated until the well is abandoned. Primary focus is on well completions, workovers, and stimulation, which are key and critical to producing operations.

217: Production and Recovery II. (3-3-0) Spring only
Prerequisite: OGPT 207.
The course encompasses well production operations from the time the first potential oil or gas horizon is penetrated until the well is abandoned. Primary forcus is an in-depth study and analysis of the various problems associated with the producing wellbore and the procedures available for remediation of these problems. (Satisfies Oral Communication requirement.)

221: Natural Gas Processing and Lab. (4-3-3)
Prerequisite: OGPT 203.
Study and practice of natural gas processing operation. The fundamentals of gas processing; the scientific principles and how they apply; gas plant processing equipment; and procedures from raw material to the refined product are also studied. Students will be able to demonstrate competency in use of the basic components of processing equipment and demonstrate various gas plant operational procedures.

260: Computer Applications for the Oil and Gas Industry. (3-3-0) Spring only
Prerequisite: 15 hours of study in OGPT, TEED or ISAF prefixes.
Practice in the use of process equipment simulation software, well control simulation software, and an introduction to computer literacy, including Windows 7, Microsoft office 2007/2010, and electronic media etiquette. This course meets the division’s computer literacy requirement.

270: Cooperative Education. (3-2-12.5) (8 Weeks) Spring only
Prerequisite: 15 hours of study in OGPT, TEED or ISAF prefixes.
The course provides in situ work experience for students nearing graduation, professional development, and discussion of opportunities within the oil and gas industry.

280: Internship. (3-2-12.5) (8 weeks)
Prerequisite: 15 hours of study in OGPT, TEED or ISAF prefixes.
The course provides in situ work experience for students nearing graduation, professional development, and discussion of opportunities within the oil and gas industry.

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