Oil Patch Preparation System

The Oil Patch Preparation System is a 9-day training and job placement program, funded by the federal Workforce Investment Act, that can help those with no experience get their foot in the door or help the most seasoned hand find a better path for career advancement. Funding is also available through the PEC O.P.P.S. department, call for details.  The certifications offered through the program are OSHA and MMS mandated and operator required.


Our oil patch trained (OPPS) graduates are looking for jobs! Your company can save money by hiring these individuals because they already have all of the training listed below. If you are interested in hiring our OPPS graduates, you can contact them directly. You can even schedule an interview day with the students the day they graduate from the program. To see a listing of OPPS graduates, including their contact information, please review our OPPS Job Seeker Directory by clicking on the button below.

Click here to view the Job Seeker Report.


PEC is approved to receive funding in the States of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas to provide training to individuals in order to supply quality employees to the oil and gas industry. Once approved for training, you will spend 9 days in Morgan City, Louisiana.  Training takes place at South Central Louisiana Technical College – Young Memorial Campus – Marine Extension Site.  You will receive the latest in regulatory compliance and hands-on skills training.  While aboard, you will enjoy meals and full catering services.

The Texas OPPS training takes place at Texas State Technical College-Harlingen Campus.

For more information or to find out about enrolling in a class, contact the OPPS Department by calling 1-800-892-8179.


Each graduate of OPPS will receive a graduation packet including certifications in 26 oil and gas industry mandated topics, a customized resume’ (or an update to an existing resume’ with their new qualifications), a listing on the Job Seeker Report located elsewhere on this page, as well as assistance in setting up job interviews with companies that are actively hiring. The certifications students receive are:

  • PEC Core Compliance
  • SafeGulf
  • SafeLandUSA
  • Confined Space-Entrant/Attendant
  • Confined Space-Rescuer
  • Fall Protection Safety
  • Hazcom
  • Hazwoper Operations (24 hr)
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Process Safety Management
  • Fire Protection
  • Back Safety
  • Electrical Safety
  • Hazmat (HM126)
  • Hydrogen Sulfide
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Medical Records
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Forklift Safety
  • Emergency Response
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Rigging
  • Water Survival (Classroom & Pool)
  • Welding Safety
  • TWIC Assistance