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New Bismarck State College technical programs to meet needs of growth industries

Posted on 5/31/2011

New programs in Petroleum Production Technology and Sustainable Construction Technology are scheduled to begin at Bismarck State College in the fall.

Drake Carter, BSC provost and vice president for academic affairs, said the college is excited about the potential for these programs to address needs of different segments of the North Dakota economy.

"Petroleum Production Technology will help provide vital technicians for the developing oilfields of western North Dakota, while the Sustainable Construction Technology program will give residential construction companies needed training in developing green construction techniques to provide longer-lasting and more energy-efficient housing," Carter said.

Petroleum Production Technology builds on the curriculum of BSC's Process Plant Technology program. Offered online, the program will emphasize production operations, safety, and environmental aspects of the petroleum industry. The program is designed to provide students with a broad background to operate and maintain the equipment used in the operations of the oil and gas industry. Positions for employment would include operator positions at production field locations.

The Sustainable Construction Technology program will provide students with a broad background in green construction techniques, with emphasis on residential construction. Course work for the on-campus program includes participation in practical problems in construction planning, scheduling and management. Students will be prepared for entry-level jobs in residential construction management with an emphasis on green building.

Completion of either program leads to a program certificate or an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree.

Another BSC program in development is Petroleum Engineering Technology. The on-campus program will provide students a broad background in geology, geophysics, drilling and related topics. Graduates will be prepared for entry-level, highly technical positions that support and work closely with petroleum engineers, geophysicists, and business managers. Completion leads to an AAS degree. A start date has not yet been confirmed.

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