September 20, 2020

Coastal Bend College

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Oil and Gas Technology at Coastal Bend College

Students will develop a knowledge of the Oil and Gas profession and associated industries through learning objectives designed both to expose the student to and engage the student in the theory and training practices of various types of oil field equipment. Classroom instruction is combined with critical thinking exercises and practical skills demonstrations to complete each learning objective.

The student will learn based upon a building block strategy, from which the student will achieve through levels of certification the final goal of the Associates of Applied Science Degree in Petroleum Technology. The skills needed to succeed in Oil & Gas Technology include the ability to safely and accurately handle and operate different oil field equipment. These skills will be taught to the student and then practiced on simulators to provide the student with both theory and practical application. A significant area of industry priority is the ability to safely operate this equipment to meet the safety standards that are required by the oil field industry to qualify the student for oil field employment. To meet that need, Coastal Bend College provides industry acceptable certifications imbedded within its curriculum

Program Cost & Highlights:

  • Program faculty have decades of experience in the industry
  • Course content focuses on all aspects of drilling, completions, artificial li_, lease operations, refining, marketing, and most areas of up-stream, and down-stream of the oil & gas industry.
  • In addition to tuition and fees, students also invest about $300-$500 for course/ lab fees and course materials
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify

Career Outlook:

  • Median hourly wage in the Coastal Bend region is $26.05 and the median annual wage is $54,190*
  • Employers that have hired our program graduates include ConocoPhillips, Flint Hills Resources, Marathon Oil, Pioneer and Valero
  • Over 95% of program graduates have obtained employment in the field
  • Jobs in the oil & gas industry are expected to grow by 16% from now through 2026.

*Data obtained from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Corpus Christi region, 2018.



Associate of Applied Science- Oil & Gas

Certificate Level I- Oil & Gas (45 hours)

Certificate Level I- Fundamentals of Oil & Gas (15 hours)

Certificate Level II- Oil & Gas (37 hours)

Occupational Skills Award- Oil & Gas (12 hours)