New oil field basics class to be offered at Bitterroot College

2012-07-01T09:00:00Z New oil field basics class to be offered at Bitterroot CollegeBy LINDSEY GALIPEAU - Ravalli Republic

HAMILTON - An oil field basics class will be offered at Bitterroot College of the University of Montana in July. The class will teach the “nuts and bolts” of oil and gas field operation and will use both videos and in-person instruction.

“You’ll get geology, you’ll get regulations and safety, and you’ll get the mechanics of it,” said Bitterroot College director Victoria Clark.

The recent surge of people looking to work in the eastern Montana and North Dakota oil patches led to creation of the class a few months ago by Plains Energy Technical Resources. It was originally offered to workers in Glendive at Dawson Community College.

“It’s very practical, hands-on information,” Clark said.

For those already in the field or looking to get there, the class can help bolster an employee’s understanding of their work.

“You’re more engaged, so the work is more meaningful,” Clark said.

But the class can be useful even for those just looking to get an education on the topic.

“It’ll take you the next step. This class has real content,” Clark said.

The one-day class called “Bakken Oil and Gas Field Basics” will be offered July 13 and 20. Both are Fridays and run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Classroom One at the Bitterroot College, located at 274 Old Corvallis Road in Hamilton.

The cost is $55 for those who register before July 6 and $65 thereafter. To register, call 406-375-0100 or visit

Clark said to register early because classes may fill up. There are only 20 allowed in each session.

“We are really thinking that there’s a potential that this class could be really popular,” she said.

With enough interest, Clark said they may offer a third class.

George Furniss, an adjunct geosciences instructor, will teach the class. A course packet will also be issued that includes information students can take home. The packet is included in the class cost.

Reach reporter Lindsey Galipeau at 363-3300 or at

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