South Louisiana Community College on Tuesday announced a new technical diploma program in oil and gas production technology, which is set to begin during the fall semester at the college’s New Iberia campus on U.S. 90.

The 45-credit-hour program includes core instruction in oil and gas regulations; safety; pneumatic and hydraulic systems; electricity; instrumentation; oil and gas exploration drilling and production operations; wellhead completions; and plug and abandonment, according to an SLCC news release announcing the program.

“We recognize the downturn of the current industry but know that production jobs will be needed when oil and gas bounces back soon,” said Willie Smith, SLCC’s vice chancellor for economic and workforce development and interim vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Students who complete the program will earn three industry certifications in Safe Land/Safe Gulf, Production Operations and Production Safety Systems (T2).

They’ll also learn to operate electrical equipment; hydraulics; pneumatics and fluid dynamic equipment; pumps and compressors; oil and gas instrumentation equipment; and processing equipment.

Gregg Gothreaux, president and CEO of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority, said establishment of the program at SLCC will enhance the skill set of the local workforce.

“Many of the basic skills and information taught in the program may allow the student to more easily transition to jobs in other industries while employment is down in the energy sector,” Gothreaux said in a prepared statement.

Anyone interested in applying for the program may contact SLCC’s New Iberia campus at (337) 373-0185 or at newiberia@solacc.edu.