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Petroleum Programs

The Eagle Ford Shale Activity in South Texas is Creating a Need for Oil Industry Jobs!


Palo Alto College is offering CE Certificate Programs for Multi-skilled Energy Technicians, where the student will learn to safely maintain and operate equipment used in the industry.

Certificate Programs

Safe Employee Training

Includes Frac 101, Truck Inspection, Tx DOT and Oil Industry Safety

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 

Includes 10 hr, 30 hr, and refresher courses.


Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) courses

Includes 40 hr and refresher courses.



 Includes Basic (8 hr) and Core (24 hr) courses.


Oil & Gas Technician


This Statewide accepted Process and Production Technology programs of study meets the industry’s needs to increase the availability of process technicians in the oil and gas industry that is expanding in south Texas. This entry-level certificate allows students to gain employment while continuing through the program. 272 Total Contact Hours. $ 4,140.00 Total Cost. Textbook(s) required


Required Courses 

PTAC 1002 - Introduction to Process Technology - 48 hours

CETT 1002 - Electricity Principles - 64 hours

OSHT 1001 - Occupational Safety and Health - 64 hours

ENER 1030 - Basic Mechanical Skills for Energy - 64 hours

PTAC 1032 - Process Instrumentation - 48 hours

INCR 1002 - Physics of Instrumentation - 96 hours

PTRT 1001 - Introduction to Petroleum Industry - 48 hours


Related Degrees and Certificates 

Entry Level Energy Technician Level 1 Certificate (Academic)

Oil and Gas Process Technology Specialization, A.A.S.  

Oil and Gas Production Technician Specialization, A.A.S.  

Energy Technician Career Foundations Core Certificate

Course/Section/CRN          Dates                         Day           Time                               Payment Deadline
PTAC 1002/ 40463 8/25 - 9/19 MTWR 8 - 10:30 a.m. 8/18/2014
CEIT 1002/ 10219 9/22 - 10/16 MTWR 8 - 11:20 a.m. 9/15/2014
OSHT 1001/ 10221 11/17 - 12/11 MTWR 8 - 11:20 a.m. 11/10/2014
ENER 1030/ 10220 10/20 - 11/13 MTWR 8 - 11:20 a.m. 11/13/2014



Oil & Gas Safety Training


This one week course offers training in PEC Core, Medic First Aid, Defensive Driving, and H2S. It includes 40 total contact hours and costs $750.

Course/Section/CRN          Dates                         Day           Time                               Payment Deadline
10617 9/25 - 10/1 RF/MTW 8 - 5 p.m. 9/18/2014




Multi-Skilled Energy Technology Certificate Programs

Multi-skilled Energy Technician

  • Petroleum Fundamentals
  • Math For Electricians
  • Technical Drawings
  • AC Circuits
  • DC Circuits
  • Hydraulics/ Pneumatics

Multi-Skilled Energy Troubleshooting Technician 

  •  AC/DC motor controls 
  • Digital Applications 
  • Electronic Trouble shooting   

Multi-Skilled Energy PLC Technician

  • Intro to Programmble Logic Controllers 
  • PLC with Intergration to EMS 
  • Advanced PLCs  

Customized Training Also Available!!! 

Welding Certificate Programs

Recent discoveries of Oil and Natural Gas in South Texas are increasing demand for welders in the area. 

Learn the skills in demand through Palo Alto College!    

Introduction to Welding (WLDG 1021)


Demonstrate safety procedures associated with oxy-fuel and arc process; perform basic welds using oxy-fuel and arc welding equipment; and identify ferrous and nonferrous metals. 

Advanced Arc Welding (WLDG 2043)

Describe effects of preheating and post-weld heating; explain precautions used when welding various metals and alloys; distinguish between qualification and certification procedures; and discuss problems of welding discontinuities. Perform open groove welds with low carbon steel and low alloy electrodes in all positions. 

Advanced TIG Welding (WLDG 2051)

Learn and perform the process for Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) arc welding. 

Advanced MIG Welding (WLDG 1021)

Learn and perform the process for Metal Inert Gas (MIG) arc welding. 


Course/Section/CRN          Dates                         Day           Time                               Payment Deadline



Contact Information

Director of Workforce:
David Rutkoski