Program Overview

Bismarck State College offers an Associate in Petroleum Production Technology (PROD) online. Gas production volumes and reserve estimates have increased, creating high demand in this work force. This program is designed to provide students with a broad background to operate and maintain the equipment used in the oil extraction and services industry in a safe and responsible manner.

The program will cover the nature of gas and oil, where it is found, leasing land and contracts, the mechanics and techniques of drilling, testing and completing of a well, artificial lift, surface equipment, separation, storage, measurement, transportation and processing. The petroleum industry, including safety, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and control, print reading, troubleshooting and communication and the chemical technology needed for working in various petroleum operations is also covered in courses. Required courses include Introduction to Energy Technology, Safety, Health & Environment, Mechanical Fundamentals, Print Reading, Fundamentals of the Petroleum Industry, Applied Math, Electrical Fundamentals, Instrumentation & Control, Production Equipment, Well Services, Artificial Lift, Operations, Troubleshooting & Communications, Hydrocarbon Chemistry, Production Safety, Health & Environment, Gas Processing, and Practical Applications. Students are required to complete 15 general education credits.

Graduates will be prepared for entry-level employment in exploration, drilling, production, processing, and service sectors. Individuals will understand mineral rights and leasing, know the components of a drilling rig, different production equipment, production processes, various artificial lift methods, well servicing, and petroleum processing. Graduates will also have the basic skills and knowledge of hydrocarbon chemistry, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and control, troubleshooting and the importance of safety health and environment.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


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    School Overview

    Bismarck State College is a public, four-year institution of higher education that focuses primarily on associate’s degrees, and is located in Bismarck, North Dakota. Bismarck State College was founded in 1939 as Bismarck Junior College. In 1984, the college became a part of the North Dakota system of Higher Education and in 1987, the school’s name changed to Bismarck State College.

    Bismarck State College offers associate’s degrees, bachelor’s programs, transfer opportunities, technical programs, and continuing education. Bachelor’s degrees and graduate degrees are offered in cooperation with other North Dakota University System institutions. BSC specializes in energy education, with degrees including power and process plant technology, ethanol training, nuclear power technology, and electric power technology. The school’s mission states: “Bismarck State College, an innovative community college, offers high quality education, workforce training, and enrichment programs reaching local and global communities.”

    Students can complete associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, in addition to certificate programs, from home through Bismarck State College’s online campus. The online environment varies among programs, but most often features shorter intensive classes extending from 3 weeks to 8-week sessions that are offered throughout the entire year. 


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