If you want a career in Marcellus Shale, you don’t have to be a driller or a roustabout to find one.
The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) has developed a Land Administration certificate program that will open this fall in cooperation with EQT Corporation. It will be open to any student with an Associate degree.
Land Administration employees protect an oil and gas company’s assets which include oil and gas leases, pipeline rights-of-way and natural gas and/or oil wells. The various tasks involved in safeguarding these assets include analyzing and enforcing the terms of oil and gas leases, right-of-way agreements and contracts, reviewing title opinions, calculating royalty and ownership interests and monitoring free and discounted gas consumers.
The program can be completed in three semesters, and once completed a graduate will be able to:
- Identify and describe the classifications, basic components, defenses, damages, interests and termination elements of legal contracts, development contracts and partnership agreements.
- Explain the basic concepts of the types of real property conveyances and ownership and interpret title opinions to
- create chain of titles for gas and oil owners.
- Describe the limits of authority for corporations, trusts, partnerships and agencies in real property transactions and
- distribution of royalty payments.
- Calculate various types of interest and royalty rates based on title interpretation, plats and lease provisions.
- Employ accurate terminology of the field and utilize professionalism in all forms of communication.
Graduates of the program may seek employment as a land administrator in one of the three major groups within the industry: land records, division orders, or contracts.
Based on current employment data for the oil and gas industry in our region, the average annual salary for these types of positions is $60,000.
CCAC’s Land Administration certificate program is being offered at both CCAC North and South Campuses. Individuals interested in either enrolling or obtaining more information should call 412-369-3620, email LandAdmin@ccac.edu,or visit www.ccac.edu, search keywords “land administration.”