Major Overview

Mining and Petroleum Technology focuses on the removal of natural recourses, such as petroleum and coal. This is an essential technology for our modern world. A Mining or Petroleum Technician will use basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers and other professionals engaged in the development and operation in mines, or natural oil and gas withdrawal.

If you decide to pursue this major you will take classes in Mining Safety, Basic Rigging for the Mines, Drilling and Completion, and Oil and Gas Gathering & Transportation. Within this major there are two concentrations, they are Mining Technology and Petroleum Technology. Both focus on mapping and site analysis, testing and sampling methods, instrument calibration, assay analysis, test equipment operation and maintenance. This major is offered as both a Bachelor's and Associate's degree, depending on which college you decide to choose.

Required Skills

Strong mathematical and scientific skills are required for this field of study. The ability to make quick decisions and problem solve is critical due to pressure situations and complex problems that can arise. You may wish to take physics and chemistry classes while still in High School. In addition, internship experience and field work is highly recommended. This major is extremely hands-on so extra experience is beneficial.


Mining and Petroleum Technicians help engineers and on site crew by field mapping, analysis, equipment testing and environmental safety oversight. They make sure that the extraction process is running safely and efficiently. Technicians spend most of their time on-site; however some of their day can be spent in a lab or office. The demand for energy sources is at an all-time high, making this a field with a lot of opportunities for trained workers.

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Here is a small sample of the careers that a degree in Mining & Petroleum Technology might open up.

Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other
Geological and Petroleum Technicians
Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining
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