The program provides technical and practical knowledge to individuals for the oil and gas industry. Oil and Gas Field Operators are considered essential personnel to keep the industry running. Graduates will enter an industry that is challenging and rewarding, and will have industry-recognized skills beneficial for employment.
From field operator positions, individuals with initiative may work toward supervisory or management positions. With additional technical education or training, they can become Gas Plant Operators, Petroleum Process Operators, Well-Servicing Supervisors, Gaugers on a Pipeline, Power Plant Operators, Chemical Plant Operators, and Refinery Operators.
Location: Fort St. John Campus
Length: 17 weeks
Start: September and February
Fees: Current Fee Schedule
Math – one of the following:
BC Math 10 (minimum final grade of C+), or BC Math 11 or BC Math 12 (minimum final grade of C), or equivalent.
MATH 030 or higher, with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.
English – one of the following:
BC Language Arts 10 Courses – 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
BC Language Arts 11 Courses – 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
BC Language Arts 12 Courses – 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
ENGL 030 or higher, with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.
IELTS score of 5.5 overall with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent English placement test and score.
ESTR 037 (Intermediate-Level Essential Skills for Trades) with a minimum final grade of 67%.
Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT):
• Reading Comprehension: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
• Number Operations: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
• Problem Solving: 11.0 grade equivalent or higher
• Mechanical Reasoning: 51/70 (6th Stanine) or higher
Based on the results of the assessment(s), applicants may be required to participate in an assessment interview to determine admissibility. Interviews may be conducted virtually if necessary.
Successful completion of the NLC POWER program.
After being accepted into the program but before classes begin, students will be required to provide proof of the following certifications*:
• Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
• Occupational First Aid - Level 1
• H2S Alive
• Common Safety Orientation (CSO) course
*All certificates must be valid for the term of the program. Failure to provide proof may result in immediate dismissal from the program.
- The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online. Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
- The program is affiliated with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
- Students must provide safety equipment, including footwear having CSA safety-toe protection, cold weather Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and CSA safety glasses with clear lenses..
- NLC will provide students with the following items: hardhat, set of earplugs, pair of gloves, and coveralls.
- Students are required to have a computer (laptop or other mobile device) with minimum computer requirements as listed on the NLC website (www.nlc.bc.ca/Services/Information-Technology/minPC).
- The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide (effective Sept 2022) approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide (effective Sept 2022). (Download a PDF of the current Program Completion Guide)
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