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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 MATH 99, MATH 101, 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)
Prerequisites: OGPT 101.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: MATH 102 and OGPT 153 or TEED 153.

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)
Prerequisites: OGPT 103
Prerequisite or Corequisite: OGPT 245

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 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: POSC 202

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.

153: Hydraulic/Pneumatic Applications for the Oil and Gas Industry with Lab. (3-2-2)
Prerequisite: MATH 102
Major topics include pressure units applicable to hydraulics systems, Pascal's Law, transmission of energy in hydraulic systems, mechanical advantage, flow measurement, pumps, motors, accumulators, cylinders, pipe networks, open channels. dams, reservoirs and flow measurement devices. Students will learn to calculate properties of fluids such as velocity, pressure, density and temperature, and calculating and evaluating the characteristics of the flowing and static fluids in various tubular and annular systems. Curriculum presents a study of the functions and properties of the fluids used in drilling an oil or gas well, such as the various types of mud systems for different formations. Students will learn to perform and internet basic calculations and tests that are performed on these fluids. Additional topics include maintenance, safety, preventive maintenance, and troubleshooting. Course materials and instruction is referenced to common oil and gas industry applications and practices.

203: Oil and Gas Instrumentation and Lab. (4-3-3)
Prerequisite: OGPT 131
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)
Prerequisites: MATH 102 and OGPT 131.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: ENGL 101

The course encompasses well production operations from exploration until the well is abandoned. Primary focus is on reservoirs, well completions, workovers, and stimulation, which are key and critical to producing operations.

210: Introduction to Quality Management for Process Technology. (3-3-0)
Overview of Total Quality Management (TQM) and how the application of TQM techniques achieves customer satisfaction, continuous improvement, and employee involvement. Topics covered include quality planning, human resource development and training, process management, quality and operations metrics, factors contributing to successful/unsuccessful implementation of TQM programs. Lean organizing, enterprise resource planning, forecasting, inventory management, value stream mapping, and continuous improvement curriculum is also included.

217: Production and Recovery II. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: OGPT 207.
A continuation of OGPT 207. This course applies content related to well production operations from exploration until the well is abandoned. Primary focus is on reservoirs, well completions, workovers, and stimulation, which are key and critical to producing operations. This course satisfies the oral communication requirement.

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

245: Pumps and Pump Applications. (2-1-3)
Prerequisites: MATH 102 and OGPT 131 and TEED 153.
Study of types of pumps, compressors, and drivers and their common applications and range of operations; evaluation and selection of pumps and compressors and their drivers for long-term efficient operations; unit and station configuration including multiple trains in series and/or parallel operations; integration with upstream and downstream process equipment, local and remote control systems, and facilities utilities; key auxiliary systems including monitoring equipment, heat exchangers, lube and seal systems, and fuel/power systems; and major design, installation, operating, troubleshooting, and maintenance considerations.

260: Computer Applications for the Oil and Gas Industry. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: OGPT 131
Practice in the use of common computer applications, including Microsoft OS, Microsoft Office, and electronic media etiquette. Emphasis on the use of oil and gas industry specific applications. This course meets the division’s computer literacy requirements.

270: Student Seminar. (3-3-0) (8 Weeks)
Prerequisite: OGPT 131, OGPT 245, ISAF 109 and permission of instructor
A detailed study of an area of oil and gas industry to include trends, special topics, or advanced topics. This course examines connections between other disciplines, such as business or economics, or other technical and geographical dimensions.

280: Internship. (3-0-0) (8 weeks)
Prerequisite: OGPT 131, OGPT 245, ISAF 109 and permission of instructor. (150 internship hours)
The course provides in situ work experience for students nearing graduation, professional development, current issues regarding industry, and discussion of opportunities within the oil and gas industry.

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