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CAD Careers in Oil & Gas

The PTC Computer Aided Drafting program can prepare you for a career in the dynamic Oil & Gas industry. The coursework and hands on experience you will receive are just what energy employers are looking for. Companies from Range Resources to Emerson/ECI come to PTC to find qualified CAD graduates to fill positions in equipment design, industrial design, Civil Surveying and many others.

Key Benefits

  • PTC offers concentrations in Architectural or Mechanical Drafting which gives you the option of two very marketable career directions in the energy industry.
  • Our curriculum is a balance between hands-on education and theory, providing you with the skills energy employers demand.
  • In PTC's CAD program you will learn important software applications such as AutoCAD and MicroStation.  Both architectural and mechanical concentrations gives you valuable experience with the software utilized in the energy industry. 
  • As an Architectural student you will learn Architectural design software such as Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, Revit Structure, and Civil 3D. 
  • If you select the Mechanical drafting concentration you will learn Mechanical design software such as Pro-Engineer (Creo), SolidWorks and Inventor.
  • You will learn from instructors who have worked in the field and understand what it takes to succeed. 
  • When you graduate, our Career Services Department will help you find a position in the dynamic Oil & Gas industry. PTC alumni are working with Process Piping, Electrical and Power Distribution, Civil/Surveying & Mapping, as well as a variety of Mechanical companies that service the Oil and Gas industry.

Architectural Drafting

  • As an architectural CAD student you will learn Architectural design software such as Civil 3D. This software is particular valuable in the oil and gas industry because of the need to survey and map the land prior to the actual drilling of the property and to determine appropriate pipeline locations.
  • Architectural CAD students learn the theory and application of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Sustainability in Design.
  • PTC Architectural CAD students find positions in the Oil & Gas industry working with Process Piping, Electrical and Power Distribution, and Civil/Surveying & Mapping
  • As an Architectural Design graduate you will be prepared for positions in energy such as Electrical Power Distribution, Surveying and Pipeline distribution.

Mechanical Drafting

  • In the Mechanical Drafting program you will learn how to visualize and design objects in 2D and 3D.
  • You will learn to read and create welding drawings
  • You will learn how to model and detail parts. This skill is valuable because of its many applications in equipment used in energy both on pipelines and industry.
  • You will learn how to create assembly and sheet metal drawings.
  • As a Mechanical student you will learn mechanical design software such as Pro-Engineer, SolidWorks and Inventor. 
  • PTC CAD students find positions in the dynamic Oil & Gas industry working with Process Piping, Electrical and Power Distribution, as well as the Mechanical industries.

Core Drafting Courses

In CAD your education begins with five core drafting courses:

Architectural Drafting 1
This course is an introduction to the principles of architectural drafting and building materials as they apply to residential structures. Students will apply proper drafting standards and construction material knowledge to create architectural floor plans, elevations, building sections, wall sections, details, and schedules. A 70% grade must be attained at this level if continuing into Architectural Concentration. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
AutoCAD
This course is an introduction to the unique language, command methods and application of the AutoCAD software. Topics included: display methods, view manipulation, drawing techniques, construction methods, manipulation methods, editing methods, dimensioning practices, and plotting techniques specific to this software. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue into CAD related courses.
Drafting 1
This course is an overview of the practices and techniques utilized within the drafting industry. Topics include: oblique, perspective, isometric and orthographic sketching, sectioning, dimensioning practices and basic print reading.
Mechanical Drafting 1
This course is an overview of the mechanical industry. Topics include terminology, print reading, geometric construction methods, drawing layouts, precision measurement, basic threads, basic assemblies, dimensioning techniques as they apply to the mechanical industries. A 70% grade must be attained at this level if continuing into the Mechanical Concentration. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
MicroStation
This course is an introduction to the unique language, command methods and application of the MicroStation software. Topics included: display methods, view manipulation, drawing techniques, construction methods, manipulation methods, editing methods, dimensioning practices, and plotting techniques specific to this software. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue into CAD related courses.

In Architectural Drafting you will benefit from twelve specific Architectural Drafting Courses:

Architectural Application Software 1
This course introduces students to the software Revit Architecture. Students will learn to navigate the building information software’s project browser and create 3-dimensional commercial buildings and the corresponding construction documents as they apply to commercial drafting industry. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue into CAD236. Prerequisite: CAD111.
Architectural Application Software 2
This course introduces students to the software Pro Engineer. Students will be introduced to modeling tools, modification commands, the interface and advanced techniques to create 3-dimensional parametric models and mechanical documents. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue into CAD251. Prerequisite: CAD133.
Architectural Capstone
Participation in this course requires the completion of a capstone project that integrates the student’s knowledge and skills acquired during the completion of architectural concentration curriculum. Students will learn current design practices to incorporate sustainability and energy efficiency into their final project. Prerequisites: CAD134 and CAD234
Architectural Drafting 2
This course is an introduction to the principles of architectural drafting and building materials as they apply to commercial structures. Students will apply proper drafting standards and construction material knowledge to create architectural floor plans, elevations, building sections, wall sections, details and schedules. Prerequisites: CAD132.
Building Systems
This course is an introduction to the principles of the mechanical systems used within a building. Students will learn symbology and standard drafting practices as applied to HVAC and fire protection drawings as they apply to commercial building projects. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
Civil Application Software
This course introduces the student to the software InRoads. Students learn how this database driven software manipulates data specific to the creation of civil related drawings and construction documents. Prerequisites: CAD106.
Civil/Topographical Drafting
This course is an introduction to the principals and practices specific to the civil and topographical drafting industries. Students will learn proper drawing methods as they relate to residential and commercial structures. Topics include: site planning and preparation, surveying methods, legal descriptions, contouring and the basics of landscaping. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
Commercial Wiring Systems
This course will introduce to drafting practices and techniques needed to create commercial wiring systems drawings. Topics include electrical lighting and power plans, data control systems, communication systems, block diagrams, and construction documentation. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
Industrial Pipe Drafting
This course is an introduction to the principals of pipe drafting as applied to commercial and industrial structures. Topics include material and connection types, creation of commonly used pipe drawings, selection of drafting symbols and pipe and instrumentation diagrams, methods, and techniques. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
Statics & Strengths of Materials
This course is an introduction to principals of mechanics of structures as they relate to the engineering industries. Topics include the calculation of: stress and strain of material, static equilibrium, support reactions, bean analysis, design properties and the affect of materials on a structure. Prerequisites GMG200.
Structural Application Software
This course introduces students to Revit Structural Software. Students learn advanced modeling techniques to create commercial construction documents extracted and annotated directly from object-based 3-dimensional structural models. Prerequisite: CAD111.
Structural Drafting
This course is an introduction to principals and practices specific to the structural drafting industries. Students will learn proper drawing methods as they relate to commercial structures. Topics include steel frame construction, beam and column connection detailing and fabrication drawings. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.

Mechanical Drafting Courses

In Mechanical Drafting you will benefit from twelve specific Mechanical Drafting focused courses:

Energy Technology
This course will introduce the student to different types of energy such as renewable energies and fossil energies. Topics to include the extraction, conversion, transportation, storage and use of energy as it relates to the energy fields. Prerequisites: CAD133.
Geometric Tolerancing
This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. Topics include form control, datums, orientation control, location control, profile control and runout control as it relates to the mechanical industry. Prerequisite: CAD133.
Industrial Pipe Drafting
This course is an introduction to the principals of pipe drafting as applied to commercial and industrial structures. Topics include material and connection types, creation of commonly used pipe drawings, selection of drafting symbols and pipe and instrumentation diagrams, methods, and techniques. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
Mechanical Application Software 1
This course introduces students to the software Pro Engineer. Students will be introduced to modeling tools, modification commands, the interface and advanced techniques to create 3-dimensional parametric models and mechanical documents. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue into CAD251. Prerequisite: CAD133.
Mechanical Application Software 2
This course is a continuation of CAD226. Students will use modify the interface and use advanced techniques such as: sweeps, blends, helical seeps, cuts, family tables and parameters to create complex models, detail drawings and assembly drawings. Prerequisite: CAD226.
Mechanical Application Software 3
This course introduces students to the software called SolidWorks. Students use advanced techniques to create 3-dimensional parametric models, assemblies and construction documents as they relate to industry standards. Prerequisite: CAD133.
Mechanical Capstone
Students will be introduced to the workings of different types of motors and engines. This course integrates a group project utilizing the student’s knowledge and skills acquired during the completion of the mechanical concentration. Prerequisite: CAD139 and CAD251.
Mechanical Drafting 2
This course is a continuation to the practices of drafting as applied to the mechanical industry. Advanced topics learned in CAD133 as well as gears, fasteners, manufacturing techniques and practices; finish marks advanced dimensioning techniques, tolerancing methods and the utilization of Machinery’s Handbook. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue into CAD139.Prerequisites: CAD133.
Mechanical Drafting 3
This course will continue the practices of the mechanical industry by introducing the student to material properties, weldment drawings, cams and jigs and fixtures to create documentation and drawings used in the industry. Prerequisites: CAD138.
Statics & Strengths of Materials
This course is an introduction to principals of mechanics of structures as they relate to the engineering industries. Topics include the calculation of: stress and strain of material, static equilibrium, support reactions, bean analysis, design properties and the affect of materials on a structure. Prerequisites GMG200.
Structural Application Software
This course introduces students to Revit Structural Software. Students learn advanced modeling techniques to create commercial construction documents extracted and annotated directly from object-based 3-dimensional structural models. Prerequisite: CAD111.
Structural Drafting
This course is an introduction to principals and practices specific to the structural drafting industries. Students will learn proper drawing methods as they relate to commercial structures. Topics include steel frame construction, beam and column connection detailing and fabrication drawings. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.

General Education/Career Related

In both Architectural Drafting and Mechanical Drafting you will expand your knowledge with general education courses including:

Algebra
This general studies course involves various algebraic operations including signed numbers, evaluating expressions, simplifying and solving algebraic equations, factoring, functions and their graphs, and word problems relative to the respective fields. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination or GEM100.
Career Development
The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
Critical Thinking
In today’s information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
Effective Speech
This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
English Composition 1
This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam; otherwise, students must have concurrent success with GEE099 and GEE100 before proceeding on to GEE150.
English Composition 2
This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students’ evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam or GEE100.
Physical Science*
This General Education course surveys the foundational concepts behind classical physics, exploring basic principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, and optics. This course is intended for programs that require little or no science background. Prerequisite: GEM100 or satisfactory score on ACCUPLACER placement test.
Principles of Mathematics
This general studies course involves a review of the principles of mathematics. Topics to be discussed include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, measurement (both English and Metric systems), and an introduction to Algebra. For programs that require additional mathematics classes, students must earn a “C” or better grade in this course to advance to the next required math course.
Steps to Career Success 1
The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
Steps to Career Success 2
The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the nuances of industry. Topics will include industry related organizations, social networking, employer expectations and other professional skills. The course offering will vary by quarter depending on the program offered, one hour per week.
Trigonometry
This general studies course involves the use of applied trigonometric functions. Topics include concepts of geometry, Pythagorean Theorem, trigonometric identities relative to right triangles, the law of sine and cosine, logarithmic functions, and an introduction to vectors. Prerequisite: GEM150.
Internship
PTC Drafting students receive additional hands on experience during an internship in the field.

PTC graduates find positions throughout the oil & gas industry. Some of the energy companies that have hired our CAD graduates include:

  • Range Resources
  • Chevron
  • Simplex Grunell
  • HRG Inc.
  • Phillips Tank & Structure
  • Master Machine Company
  • McCarl’s Inc.
  • Hatch
  • Gateway Engineers
  • Elliott
  • Resource Environmental Solutions
  • Jacobs Engineering
  • Michael Baker Company
  • HDR Engineering
  • Cimation

Megan Crow
2014 PTC CAD Graduate
Facilities Engineering Tech I
Range Resources

I am working for Range Resources as a Facilities Engineering Technician I. In this role I create electrical designs for conduit layout and create electrical and equipment as-builts -drawings that shows the actual placement of conduits and equipment. I design equipment layouts for the different stages of drilling wells, as well as Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures, and Health and Safety Exhibits. I am currently in the process of designing a production equipment layout in 2-D and 3-D and creating orthographic views, isometric views, and process flow diagrams from 3-D models. The software I use is AutoCAD P&ID and AutoCAD Plant 3-D. My CAD classes at PTC really prepared me for the work I do and I love my career at Range Resources.


Jennifer Nelko
2006 PTC CAD Graduate
GIS Mapping Technical Supervisor
Chevron

I chose PTC because of the quick turnaround. I could get my degree and get in the workforce and start making money. PTC Helped prepare me not only in technical and software specific classes, but also in math, science, English and public speaking. Now I really am seeing the benefits of all the hard work I put in.


 

Mark D. Banda 
Director of Operations
Cimation Corporation

PTC provides a great technical education for people looking to pursue a career in designing/drafting.  Over the years, pretty much every PTC grad I've worked with is very well versed in ACAD.  In industry, it's essential that our design drawings are created by someone who really understands ACAD.  Due to the speed at which projects need to be competed, the replication of even small mistakes could result in additional costs to our customers, and translate into loss of revenue. PTC teaches future designers the technical knowledge they need to create the drawings used to design, automate and improve the nation's critical infrastructure.

  • Courses

    Core Drafting Courses

    In CAD your education begins with five core drafting courses:

    Architectural Drafting 1
    This course is an introduction to the principles of architectural drafting and building materials as they apply to residential structures. Students will apply proper drafting standards and construction material knowledge to create architectural floor plans, elevations, building sections, wall sections, details, and schedules. A 70% grade must be attained at this level if continuing into Architectural Concentration. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
    AutoCAD
    This course is an introduction to the unique language, command methods and application of the AutoCAD software. Topics included: display methods, view manipulation, drawing techniques, construction methods, manipulation methods, editing methods, dimensioning practices, and plotting techniques specific to this software. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue into CAD related courses.
    Drafting 1
    This course is an overview of the practices and techniques utilized within the drafting industry. Topics include: oblique, perspective, isometric and orthographic sketching, sectioning, dimensioning practices and basic print reading.
    Mechanical Drafting 1
    This course is an overview of the mechanical industry. Topics include terminology, print reading, geometric construction methods, drawing layouts, precision measurement, basic threads, basic assemblies, dimensioning techniques as they apply to the mechanical industries. A 70% grade must be attained at this level if continuing into the Mechanical Concentration. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
    MicroStation
    This course is an introduction to the unique language, command methods and application of the MicroStation software. Topics included: display methods, view manipulation, drawing techniques, construction methods, manipulation methods, editing methods, dimensioning practices, and plotting techniques specific to this software. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue into CAD related courses.

    In Architectural Drafting you will benefit from twelve specific Architectural Drafting Courses:

    Architectural Application Software 1
    This course introduces students to the software Revit Architecture. Students will learn to navigate the building information software’s project browser and create 3-dimensional commercial buildings and the corresponding construction documents as they apply to commercial drafting industry. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue into CAD236. Prerequisite: CAD111.
    Architectural Application Software 2
    This course introduces students to the software Pro Engineer. Students will be introduced to modeling tools, modification commands, the interface and advanced techniques to create 3-dimensional parametric models and mechanical documents. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue into CAD251. Prerequisite: CAD133.
    Architectural Capstone
    Participation in this course requires the completion of a capstone project that integrates the student’s knowledge and skills acquired during the completion of architectural concentration curriculum. Students will learn current design practices to incorporate sustainability and energy efficiency into their final project. Prerequisites: CAD134 and CAD234
    Architectural Drafting 2
    This course is an introduction to the principles of architectural drafting and building materials as they apply to commercial structures. Students will apply proper drafting standards and construction material knowledge to create architectural floor plans, elevations, building sections, wall sections, details and schedules. Prerequisites: CAD132.
    Building Systems
    This course is an introduction to the principles of the mechanical systems used within a building. Students will learn symbology and standard drafting practices as applied to HVAC and fire protection drawings as they apply to commercial building projects. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
    Civil Application Software
    This course introduces the student to the software InRoads. Students learn how this database driven software manipulates data specific to the creation of civil related drawings and construction documents. Prerequisites: CAD106.
    Civil/Topographical Drafting
    This course is an introduction to the principals and practices specific to the civil and topographical drafting industries. Students will learn proper drawing methods as they relate to residential and commercial structures. Topics include: site planning and preparation, surveying methods, legal descriptions, contouring and the basics of landscaping. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
    Commercial Wiring Systems
    This course will introduce to drafting practices and techniques needed to create commercial wiring systems drawings. Topics include electrical lighting and power plans, data control systems, communication systems, block diagrams, and construction documentation. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
    Industrial Pipe Drafting
    This course is an introduction to the principals of pipe drafting as applied to commercial and industrial structures. Topics include material and connection types, creation of commonly used pipe drawings, selection of drafting symbols and pipe and instrumentation diagrams, methods, and techniques. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
    Statics & Strengths of Materials
    This course is an introduction to principals of mechanics of structures as they relate to the engineering industries. Topics include the calculation of: stress and strain of material, static equilibrium, support reactions, bean analysis, design properties and the affect of materials on a structure. Prerequisites GMG200.
    Structural Application Software
    This course introduces students to Revit Structural Software. Students learn advanced modeling techniques to create commercial construction documents extracted and annotated directly from object-based 3-dimensional structural models. Prerequisite: CAD111.
    Structural Drafting
    This course is an introduction to principals and practices specific to the structural drafting industries. Students will learn proper drawing methods as they relate to commercial structures. Topics include steel frame construction, beam and column connection detailing and fabrication drawings. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.

    Mechanical Drafting Courses

    In Mechanical Drafting you will benefit from twelve specific Mechanical Drafting focused courses:

    Energy Technology
    This course will introduce the student to different types of energy such as renewable energies and fossil energies. Topics to include the extraction, conversion, transportation, storage and use of energy as it relates to the energy fields. Prerequisites: CAD133.
    Geometric Tolerancing
    This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. Topics include form control, datums, orientation control, location control, profile control and runout control as it relates to the mechanical industry. Prerequisite: CAD133.
    Industrial Pipe Drafting
    This course is an introduction to the principals of pipe drafting as applied to commercial and industrial structures. Topics include material and connection types, creation of commonly used pipe drawings, selection of drafting symbols and pipe and instrumentation diagrams, methods, and techniques. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.
    Mechanical Application Software 1
    This course introduces students to the software Pro Engineer. Students will be introduced to modeling tools, modification commands, the interface and advanced techniques to create 3-dimensional parametric models and mechanical documents. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue into CAD251. Prerequisite: CAD133.
    Mechanical Application Software 2
    This course is a continuation of CAD226. Students will use modify the interface and use advanced techniques such as: sweeps, blends, helical seeps, cuts, family tables and parameters to create complex models, detail drawings and assembly drawings. Prerequisite: CAD226.
    Mechanical Application Software 3
    This course introduces students to the software called SolidWorks. Students use advanced techniques to create 3-dimensional parametric models, assemblies and construction documents as they relate to industry standards. Prerequisite: CAD133.
    Mechanical Capstone
    Students will be introduced to the workings of different types of motors and engines. This course integrates a group project utilizing the student’s knowledge and skills acquired during the completion of the mechanical concentration. Prerequisite: CAD139 and CAD251.
    Mechanical Drafting 2
    This course is a continuation to the practices of drafting as applied to the mechanical industry. Advanced topics learned in CAD133 as well as gears, fasteners, manufacturing techniques and practices; finish marks advanced dimensioning techniques, tolerancing methods and the utilization of Machinery’s Handbook. A 70% grade must be attained at this level to continue into CAD139.Prerequisites: CAD133.
    Mechanical Drafting 3
    This course will continue the practices of the mechanical industry by introducing the student to material properties, weldment drawings, cams and jigs and fixtures to create documentation and drawings used in the industry. Prerequisites: CAD138.
    Statics & Strengths of Materials
    This course is an introduction to principals of mechanics of structures as they relate to the engineering industries. Topics include the calculation of: stress and strain of material, static equilibrium, support reactions, bean analysis, design properties and the affect of materials on a structure. Prerequisites GMG200.
    Structural Application Software
    This course introduces students to Revit Structural Software. Students learn advanced modeling techniques to create commercial construction documents extracted and annotated directly from object-based 3-dimensional structural models. Prerequisite: CAD111.
    Structural Drafting
    This course is an introduction to principals and practices specific to the structural drafting industries. Students will learn proper drawing methods as they relate to commercial structures. Topics include steel frame construction, beam and column connection detailing and fabrication drawings. Prerequisites: CAD106 and CAD111.

    General Education/Career Related

    In both Architectural Drafting and Mechanical Drafting you will expand your knowledge with general education courses including:

    Algebra
    This general studies course involves various algebraic operations including signed numbers, evaluating expressions, simplifying and solving algebraic equations, factoring, functions and their graphs, and word problems relative to the respective fields. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination or GEM100.
    Career Development
    The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
    Critical Thinking
    In today’s information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
    Effective Speech
    This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
    English Composition 1
    This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam; otherwise, students must have concurrent success with GEE099 and GEE100 before proceeding on to GEE150.
    English Composition 2
    This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students’ evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam or GEE100.
    Physical Science*
    This General Education course surveys the foundational concepts behind classical physics, exploring basic principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, and optics. This course is intended for programs that require little or no science background. Prerequisite: GEM100 or satisfactory score on ACCUPLACER placement test.
    Principles of Mathematics
    This general studies course involves a review of the principles of mathematics. Topics to be discussed include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, measurement (both English and Metric systems), and an introduction to Algebra. For programs that require additional mathematics classes, students must earn a “C” or better grade in this course to advance to the next required math course.
    Steps to Career Success 1
    The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
    Steps to Career Success 2
    The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the nuances of industry. Topics will include industry related organizations, social networking, employer expectations and other professional skills. The course offering will vary by quarter depending on the program offered, one hour per week.
    Trigonometry
    This general studies course involves the use of applied trigonometric functions. Topics include concepts of geometry, Pythagorean Theorem, trigonometric identities relative to right triangles, the law of sine and cosine, logarithmic functions, and an introduction to vectors. Prerequisite: GEM150.
    Internship
    PTC Drafting students receive additional hands on experience during an internship in the field.
  • Careers

    PTC graduates find positions throughout the oil & gas industry. Some of the energy companies that have hired our CAD graduates include:

    • Range Resources
    • Chevron
    • Simplex Grunell
    • HRG Inc.
    • Phillips Tank & Structure
    • Master Machine Company
    • McCarl’s Inc.
    • Hatch
    • Gateway Engineers
    • Elliott
    • Resource Environmental Solutions
    • Jacobs Engineering
    • Michael Baker Company
    • HDR Engineering
    • Cimation
  • Alumni Testimonials

    Megan Crow
    2014 PTC CAD Graduate
    Facilities Engineering Tech I
    Range Resources

    I am working for Range Resources as a Facilities Engineering Technician I. In this role I create electrical designs for conduit layout and create electrical and equipment as-builts -drawings that shows the actual placement of conduits and equipment. I design equipment layouts for the different stages of drilling wells, as well as Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures, and Health and Safety Exhibits. I am currently in the process of designing a production equipment layout in 2-D and 3-D and creating orthographic views, isometric views, and process flow diagrams from 3-D models. The software I use is AutoCAD P&ID and AutoCAD Plant 3-D. My CAD classes at PTC really prepared me for the work I do and I love my career at Range Resources.


    Jennifer Nelko
    2006 PTC CAD Graduate
    GIS Mapping Technical Supervisor
    Chevron

    I chose PTC because of the quick turnaround. I could get my degree and get in the workforce and start making money. PTC Helped prepare me not only in technical and software specific classes, but also in math, science, English and public speaking. Now I really am seeing the benefits of all the hard work I put in.


     

    Mark D. Banda 
    Director of Operations
    Cimation Corporation

    PTC provides a great technical education for people looking to pursue a career in designing/drafting.  Over the years, pretty much every PTC grad I've worked with is very well versed in ACAD.  In industry, it's essential that our design drawings are created by someone who really understands ACAD.  Due to the speed at which projects need to be competed, the replication of even small mistakes could result in additional costs to our customers, and translate into loss of revenue. PTC teaches future designers the technical knowledge they need to create the drawings used to design, automate and improve the nation's critical infrastructure.

 

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