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Petroleum data technology is an information technology field of study that specializes in measuring, recording, or evaluating geological data, using sonic, electronic, electrical, seismic, or gravity-measuring instruments to prospect for oil or gas. Petroleum Technologists work at multiple oil & gas related office positions. They support geologists, geophysicists, reservoir engineers, drilling and petroleum engineers, subsea engineers or other related professionals in this field.

Graduates of this program are employed for positions that also include process design, data management, well operations and completions, environmental control, offshore and onshore rig operations, reservoir engineering, geological surveys, engineering sales, research and development, and drilling equipment manufacturing data management.

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Stackable Credentials

This certificate can be stacked and earned credits can be applied toward a Petroleum Data Technology AAS Degree.

First Year

First Semester Courses 12 Credits
PTRT 1301 Introduction to Petroleum Industry 3
ITSC 1301-or-COSC 1301 Introduction to Computers-or-Introduction to Computers 3
PTRT 1370 Petroleum Geology 3
PTRT 1371 Petroleum Data Management I - Exploration 3
Second Semester Courses 13 Credits
TECM 1303 Technical Calculations 3
ITSW 1304 Introduction to Spreadsheets 3
ITSW 1307 Introduction to Databases 3
GISC 1411 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 4
Third Semester Courses 6 Credits
PTRT 1373 Exploration and Production I 3
PTRT 1372 Petroleum Data Management II - Drilling and Production1 3
Petroleum Data Technology Certificate Program Total 31 Credits


  1. Capstone course

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Career Options

Median wage: $56,0601

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Geological Technician2
  • Materials Technician2
  • Laboratory Technician2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2013
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $800 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.

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