British Columbia Institute of


OAGP 1001 - Oil & Gas Industry Overview

Oil and Gas Part-time Studies Course

School of Energy

Course Details

The course delivers an overview of Western Canada's oil and gas industry, with a focus on British Columbia and Alberta. It examines what Canada's western oil and gas reserves are in comparison to the world, who and where the major industrial companies are, and what the living and work conditions are like in various locations. It allows potential students to know where they can expect to end up working and under what conditions. This course is a requirement for all other courses in the associate certificate.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Summarize the history of the oil and gas industry.
  • Describe Canada's oil and gas capacity in relation to international reserves and consumption.
  • Summarize the process of how oil and gas is found and where it is located.
  • Describe oil and gas rights ownership and how companies gain access to oil and gas.
  • Identify the major companies involved in Western Canada's oil and gas industry and show the geographical location of their operations using a map.
  • Describe the LSD numbers (i.e. the ATS) used to indicate location in Alberta.
  • Identify and describe different methods of recovering oil and gas used in Western Canada.
  • Describe typical working conditions within the oil and gas industry.
  • Identify four standard employment requirements in the oil and gas industry.
  • Describe the major environmental concerns in the oil and gas industry.
  • Recognize common terminology and acronyms used in industry with the help of a handout.
  • Recognize units of measurement commonly used in the oil and gas industry.
  • Calculate normalized flow rates given raw data in mixed units.

Effective as of Fall 2007


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