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Petroleum Data Technology Certificate Level II

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.

To see more information on this be sure to visit our Petroleum Data Technology Certificate Level II Page as well as our Oil and Gas Drilling Services page


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  This guide serves to assist Petroleum Data Technology students in the process of successfully completing their program.

Video: What is a Petroleum Technician

What is the Petroleum Industry

What do Geological and Petroleum Technicians do?


Geological and petroleum technicians provide support to scientists and engineers in exploring and extracting natural resources, such as oil and natural gas.

Petroleum technicians typically do the following:

  • Install and maintain laboratory and field equipment
  • Gather samples such as rock, mud, and soil in the field and prepare samples for laboratory analysis
  • Conduct scientific tests on samples to determine their content and characteristics
  • Record data from tests and compile information from reports, computer databases, and other sources
  • Prepare reports and maps that can be used to identify geological characteristics of areas that may have valuable resources

Geological and petroleum technicians tend to specialize either in fieldwork and laboratory work, or in office work analyzing data. However, many technicians have duties that overlap into multiple areas.

In the field, geological and petroleum technicians use sophisticated equipment, such as seismic instruments, to gather geological data. They also use tools to collect samples for scientific analysis. In laboratories, these technicians analyze the samples for evidence of hydrocarbons, useful metals, or precious gemstones.

Geological and petroleum technicians use computers to analyze data from samples collected in the field and from previous research. The results of their analyses may explain a new site’s potential for further exploration and development or may focus on monitoring the current and future productivity of an existing site.

Geological and petroleum technicians work on geological prospecting and surveying teams under the supervision of scientists and engineers, who evaluate the work for accuracy and make final decisions about current and potential production sites. Geologic and petroleum technicians might work with scientists and technicians in other fields as well. For example, geological and petroleum technicians might work with environmental scientists and technicians to monitor the environmental impact of drilling and other activities.

Geological and Petroleum Technicians : Occupational Outlook Handbook. (2020, April 10). Retrieved July 13, 2020, from