Lakeland College to fill oil and gas industry void

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August 15, 2017
Fuelled by innovation, Lakeland College’s petroleum management diploma program is the only one of its kind in Alberta.
Made possible through industry partnerships, this two-year petroleum management diploma program equips industry professionals with the necessary skills to work safely and transition into a managerial role within the oil and gas sector.

“One of the most pressing industry gaps is the training of plant and field operators to transition them into a managerial role in their respective companies,” says Ben Sey, dean, School of Energy at Lakeland. “With the economic downturn, most companies have a need for training their managers to be highly efficient and through key partnerships, Lakeland is filling this void through this diploma program.”

The program consists of 10 three-credit courses hosted at Olds College and at various Keyera Corp. plant sites in Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan. Each course is comprised of 16 hours of in-class instruction delivered by high caliber educators who are industry experts and 24 hours of pre-course work.

“Many managers have benefitted from this program and attest to the practical skills they’ve gained,” says Sey. “This program is also vital in equipping mid- to senior-level managers in the oil and gas industry to be environmentally responsible and compliant with regulations in their roles.”

There are various admission routes available to students, with the potential to fast track the first year of this two-year diploma program by using prior experience and education.

To qualify for the fast track option, applicants must have at least one of the following:
  • completed one of several Lakeland College energy programs
  • a university degree in energy or environmental sciences
  • possess a journeyperson trade ticket.
Other petroleum-related programs will be considered. Applicants who do not qualify for the fast track option will be enrolled in the online Competency Management and Development System (CMDS) for comprehensive training prior to taking the courses.