Oil and Gas Electronics

PTI now offers an Electronics Engineering Technology degree with an oil and gas electronics concentration that is designed to prepare students for careers in this region's energy industry.

As oil and gas companies solidify their footprint in Western Pennsylvania, there is a need for electronics professionals at compressor stations, at energy facilities, and on pipeline projects who have the electronics, instrumentation and automation skills to monitor the extraction, storage and transmittal of this natural resource.

Key Benefits

  • With this focused, oil and gas electronics degree, PTI graduates are prepared to meet the demand for midstream industrial and commercial automation technicians created by the growth surrounding the exploration and development of Marcellus Shale and, in the future, Utica Shale.
  • Students will learn the fundamentals of level, temperature, pressure, and flow control and comprehensive technical skills universally critical to natural gas and oil companies based in the tri-state region.
  • Theoretical coursework presented by experienced automation professionals who understand the natural gas and oil industry sets the stage for extensive 'hands-on' experience with state-of-the-industry equipment.
  • Students interested in this program will enjoy the technical and hands on aspects of the natural gas and oil industry, a fast-paced, ever-changing career field, and working outdoors. Courses include instruction in installing, servicing, and maintaining automation systems.
  • You will learn how to set up, calibrate, and troubleshoot instrumentation and controllers. The program includes the option of a capstone project or an internship in the field.


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Key Skills
Tuition, Loan Debt & Graduate Information
  • Key Skills

    • In the PTI Oil and Gas Electronics program you will learn key skills including:
    • Application of basic mathematical calculations
    • Application of electronics and instrumentation
    • Control loop tuning and troubleshooting
    • Electronic equipment installation, maintenance and repair
    • Installation and maintenance of various power systems
    • Installation, calibration, and troubleshooting of temperature, pressure, level, and flow controls
    • Problem solving and teamwork Safe work practices and procedures
    • Troubleshooting electronic and communication systems
    • Working knowledge of upstream, midstream, and downstream natural gas systems
  • Certifications

    • PTI Oil and Gas Electronics students are prepared to take certification exams in a number of key areas.
    • Students can prepare to sit for the CST (Control Systems Technician) Associate Exam, a certificate of achievement awarded by ISA, the International Society of Automation.
    • Students also can sit for the NCCER Core Curriculum certification. NCCER is an educational foundation created to develop standardized construction and maintenance assessments with portable industry-recognized credentials.
  • Courses


    Math for Electronics
    This course provides students with math skills necessary to solve problems in electricity and electronics. It consists of a review of arithmetic, algebra, equations, right triangle solutions and complex numbers.
    Electricity and electronic systems are explored through the study of DC and AC fundamentals. Practical experience in parallel and series circuit analysis is gained by means of electronic bench test equipment and troubleshooting.
    Electronics 1
    This course is an introduction to transformers, diodes, rectifiers, filters, and regulators. Semiconductor fundamentals are presented and learners master competencies in constructing, measuring, troubleshooting and analyzing filter and basic semiconductor circuits. Prerequisites: ELT 101 and ELT115.
    Electronics 2
    This is a course to expand the competencies of semiconductor concepts. FET, Operational amplifier and BJT circuits are explored as they apply to real world electronic systems. Students construct, analyze, and troubleshoot complete switching and amplifier circuits. Prerequisite: ELT125.
    Digital Electronics
    This course introduces students to logic gates, flip-flops, counters, registers, and code converters. Students gain practical experience by constructing, testing and troubleshooting digital circuits and systems. Prerequisite: ELT135.
    Computer and Network Systems
    Students tear down and reassemble a personal computer, install the operating system, set up wired and wireless networks, and configure IP devices.
    Overview of the Oil and Gas Industry
    This course provides a non-technical overview of the oil and gas industry. Topics include geological process related to the formation of hydrocarbons, drilling and completing wells, managing oil and gas production, transportation, processing, and the conversion into various products.
    Industrial Communications 1
    This course explores the realms of industrial automation communication techniques. Wired communication methods such as: RS485, RS232, HART, Ethernet, Field Bus, and other industrial communication protocols will be examined. The learner will work hands-on with a variety of industry standard communication tools. The course also includes industrial wireless communication methods and wireless network topologies. Prerequisite: ELT145.
    Process Control 1
    An exploration of the fundamental concepts regarding closed loop control systems. From terminology to methodologies, the learner is introduced to the typical concepts and equipment involved in a process control system. Process instrument bench calibration methods and accuracy analysis is accomplished using industry standard instruments and Fluke® calibrators. The learner will explore the various instrumentation utilized for measuring the four major process variables: temperature, pressure, level, and flow. Prerequisite: ELT145.
    Process Control 2
    The learner's basic knowledge of process instrumentation and control is expanded upon with an in depth hands-on analysis of pressure, level, and flow measurements. Installation, calibration, control loop tuning, and control loop troubleshooting is an integral part of the learner's unique hands-on experience. Reading control system documentation and drawings, such as Loop and P&ID diagrams, is integrated into this course. Prerequisites: GOE250, GOE251.
    Industrial Controllers
    Automation controllers, such as PLCs, PACs, and Mass Flow Controllers, are the core subjects of study in this course. From basic On/Off control to proportional control, the learner will gain hands-on experience with discrete and analog input/output operations. Ladder Logic programming, communications, and system diagnostics/troubleshooting complete this study of controller operations. Prerequisites: GOE250, GOE251.
    Process Control 3
    The combination of all control system technology will be applied in the study of advanced controls. Team projects will provide the stage for Feedforward, Ratio, and Split-Range control concepts. The learner will demonstrate the full body of acquired knowledge through a variety of hands-on applications.
    Industrial Communications 2
    This course is a hands-on follow-up to the Industrial Communications 1 theory class. Students set up a variety of actual industrial communications systems.


    Steps to Career Success 1
    The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
    Steps to Career Success 2
    In this course, students review their math skills using the NCCER Construction Math Module. Upon completion, they can sit for the construction math certification test. ELT003 Steps to Career Success 3 1 Credit
    Career Development
    The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
    The Internship is a cooperative effort between the Institute and the professional community. It is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their major in a related working environment. This internship requires 120 hours work experience.


    English Composition 1
    This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam; otherwise, students must have concurrent success with GEE099 and GEE100 before proceeding on to GEE150.
    English Composition 2
    This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students' evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam or GEE100.
    Effective Speech
    This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
    History of Technology**
    This general studies course exposes students to the evolution of technology and its impact on society. The course will emphasize the overall impact of major technological innovations and inventions that fundamentally altered the world as well as look at some of the great thinkers that helped advance technologies throughout history.
    This general studies course involves various algebraic operations including signed numbers, evaluating expressions, simplifying and solving algebraic equations, factoring, functions and their graphs, and word problems relative to the respective fields. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination or GEM100.
    Physical Science
    This General Education course surveys the foundational concepts behind classical physics, exploring basic principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, and optics. This course is intended for programs that require little or no science background. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination or GEM100.
    Critical Thinking
    In today's information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
    Leadership Principles**
    Students will understand the concepts of leadership and supervisory roles, planning, decision-making, performance management, strategic management, team building, group and organizational dynamics, and functions in an organization. This class teaches how to be an effective leader in a dynamic, diverse, and continuously evolving business environment. Concepts of goal-setting, motivation, time management, and other interpersonal skills are taught. Students will become familiar with successful leadership practices through case studies and research practices.

    **This course can be replaced by another approved General Education course.

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