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Entry Level Petroleum Trainee

Program Length

Two Semesters
Three Semesters
Four Semesters

Degree(s) Offered

Career Pathway Certificate
Career Certificate
Technical Certificate
Associate in Applied Science

The Entry Level Petroleum Trainee program is designed to prepare the student for employment and advancement in the oil & gas industry. This program qualifies the student to enter the workforce as an entry level seamen, deck hand, roustabout or floorhand. Upon completion of this course the graduate will be prepared and qualified to secure employment or to further their training into more technical positions of the oil & gas industry. The student will obtain multiple certifications through the program.

The Entry Level Petroleum Trainee Program is designed for students of varying age to receive training that will allow them to become employed in the oil and gas industry both on land and offshore. This training will include multiple safety courses and certifications as well as teaching the fundamentals of living and working in an oilfield lifestyle. The courses for this program were designed within the guidelines and under the advisement of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC).

Curriculum

How to Enroll

  • Step 1 - Complete a Jones Admissions Application. Applications can be completed online or mailed to: Jones College, Admissions Office, 900 South Court Street, Ellisville, MS 39437. 
  • Step 2 - Send an official copy of the final high school transcript, previous college transcript, and/or GED scores to the Jones Admissions Office.
  • Step 3 - Submit ACT/SAT scores to the Jones Admissions Office.

Reggie Richardson
Center Director 
Clarke County Center
(601) 477-4835 ext. 6
reggie.richardson@jcjc.edu

OGP 1123 – Fundamental of Oil & Gas
This course introduces the Entry Level Petroleum Trainee (ELPT) to Oil and Gas exploration and production processes. It contains instruction that provides the student a fundamental orientation to the petroleum production industry, safety, drilling, ecology, professionalism, teamwork, vocabulary, and mathematics as used by the ELPT. Three semester credit hours: Three hours lecture.

OGP 1143 – Oil & Gas Best Practices 
Prerequisite: OGP 1143 - This course teaches the Entry Level Petroleum Trainee daily activities necessary to work in the oil and gas drilling industry. This course contains instructions in safety, orientation to work practices, and introduction to well control. Three semester credit hours: Three hours lecture.

OGP 1152 – Rigging & Lifting Systems and Techniques
This course informs the Entry Level Petroleum Trainee (ELPT) of rigging and lifting systems and techniques. The student will take part in safe rigging and lifting practices involved in the Oil and Gas Industry. Two semester credit hours: One hour lecture and two hours lab.

OGP 1163 – Practical Experience for Entry Level Petroleum Trainee
This course provides an opportunity for the Entry Level Petroleum Trainee (ELPT) to practice Oil and Gas industry skills learned in ELPT 1116, ELPT 1126, and ELPT 1132. The student experience is two-seven day hitches of supervised living and working on a retired submersible drilling rig. Three semester credit hours: Six hours lab.

OGP 1174 – Advanced Safety for the Oil and Gas Industry
This course provides instruction on advanced safety for the Entry Level Petroleum Trainee (ELPT). The course will result in student certifications in Basic Firefighting, Helicopter Underway Egress Training, Confined Space Entry, and Working in Heights. Four semester credit hours: Two hours lecture and four hours lab.

OGP 2323 – Internship for Entry Level Petroleum Trainee
This course provides an opportunity for the seaman, roustabout, rigger, deck hand to enhance industry skills learned in the first semester of the ELPT program. The student experience is two-seven day hitches of supervised living and working on a retired submersible drilling rig. Three semester credit hours: Nine hours lab.

OGP 2333 – Special Project in Oil & Gas Drilling
This course is designed to provide the student with practical application of skills and knowledge gained in other vocational-technical courses. The instructor works closely with the student to ensure that the selection of a project will enhance the student’s learning experience. Three semester credit hours: Two hours lecture and two hours lab.

OGP 2343 – Supervised Work Experience in Oil & Gas Drilling
This course is a cooperative program between industry and education designed to integrate the student’s technical studies with industrial experience. Three semester credit hours: Nine hours lab.