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Energy and Natural Resources – Civil Engineering 

The Energy and Natural Resources program prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers and other professionals engaged in the development and operation of oil and natural gas extraction and processing facilities. Coursework includes instruction in principles of petroleum extraction and related geology, petroleum field mapping and site analysis, testing and sampling methods, instrument calibration, laboratory analysis, test equipment operation and maintenance, environment and safety monitoring procedures for oil/gas fields and facilities, facility inspection procedures, and report preparation. 


Career Possibilities 

Speculation for new jobs in Ohio ranges from 20,000 to 200,000 jobs. According to, nearly 40 job titles in the following categories:  production operations, drilling operations, exploration, environmental, construction, service, land & legal, and natural gas sales.  More than 35 oil and gas employers from Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania are posting jobs on a regular basis with area employment agencies.  These open positions are becoming the in-demand jobs. 


Course Examples

Geographic Information Systems  (GIS)

Introduces the Geographic Information Systems.  GIS is the merging of cartography, statistical analysis, and database technology.  The student will learn the design, operation, and uses of GIS.  Geographic Information Systems are capable of integrating, storing, editing, analyzing, sharing, and displaying geographically referenced information.  If the location of a person, thing, or event can be fixed on the earth, then it can be placed on a map and the map can be used to search, organize, and analyze that information.

Geology of Coal, Oil, and Gas  

Introductory course in the geology of coal, oil and gas.  Students will gain insight into how and where hydrocarbons are formed and deposited.  Both Physical and environmental geology concepts are presented and discussed.

Introduction to Oil and Gas

Provides a survey of the oil and gas industry, its history, development, influence on society and world politics, and its current state.  The course will cover concepts of petroleum discover, geology, production, transportation, refining, marketing, and economics. 


Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate and understand surveying techniques and be able to use AUTO CAD in a working environment.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to integrate computing and mapping skills in engineering applications.
  3. Analyze and solve engineering problems in the areas of statics, hydraulics and hydrology.
  4. Be familiar with the production, transportation and utilization of local energy resources.
  5. Participate in an internship experience or capstone course that will enable each student to make the connection between theory and practice.