From Rocks to Drill Bits: The Essentials of the Oil Field
(online only course)

This online training course provides an overall perspective of the petroleum industry. It is designed for any non-technical employee working in or interested in the oil and gas industry, as it helps them understand their role and how it relates to the complex industry in which they work. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Administrative Support Employees
  • Exhibit Booth Personnel
  • Lease Analysts
  • Attorneys
  • Accountants
  • Marketing/Sales
  • GeoTechs
  • Finance Personnel
  • Managers
  • New Hires who may be coming from outside the industry
  • Computer Programmers
  • Interns
  • Human Resources Personnel


Kristie Luchtel Ferguson

Evaluations are coming in from folks who have completed the training, and here is what some are saying:
“I learned way more than I expected. I’m very pleased that I can apply knowledge gained from the course on the job.”
“What I liked most is that it covers everything from the first well ever drilled to current production.”
“I forgot at times I was watching the class on-line. The instructor is engaging, funny, and one of the most knowledgeable people about the industry.”

Delivery Method: On-line, Take-at-your-own-pace. The course has approximately 14 hours of recorded lecture and videos to watch that reinforce the material. In addition, there are 6 quizzes or 10 questions each that are inserted throughout the course. Participants in this program will be sent a Rock and Mineral Kit to be used during the course. Please note: Rock and mineral kit will not be shipped to participants with non-USA addresses. Upon completion of the course, all participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from The University of Tulsa, Continuing Education for Science & Engineering Department.

Course Topics

  • Where oil comes from: source rocks vs reservoir rocks and geologic time
  • How sedimentary rocks form, deform and trap oil
  • The source of hydrocarbons in terms of organic matter, hydrocarbon composition, crude oils and natural gas
  • How geologists map the subsurface
  • Seismic sources, receivers, and applications of data
  • Mineral rights and leases, settling surface damages, gyros and locks and how to start to turn to the right
  • The basics of how to drill the well: rigs and contractors, rotary rigs, how to make a connection
  • When things don’t go perfect: fishing and pressure
  • Methods of evaluating the well while drilling: mud logging, coring rocks from the well, wireline logging
  • What is involved in completing a well: setting the pipe, cement, and completions
  • How we’ve gone from conventional to unconventional: resource plays, geochemistry
  • Why and how to drill horizontal wells: completion terms, why frac, how the US and the world have changed
  • Production: pumping money out of the ground, artificial lift, downstream, and gas marketing


  • 14 PDHs (Professional Development Hours)
  • 1.4 CEUs (Continuing Education Credits)

In order to be awarded the full credit hours and receive a Certificate of Completion, you must successfully complete all chapters and quizzes.

If you are needing an overall perspective of the petroleum industry in order to become more knowledgeable, productive, and confident in your job…sign up for this course today!

Individual Registrations:

Once your registration and payment are received, TU-CESE will email you a login and password with instructions on how to access the course.

Fee: $795.00/person
System Being Upgraded. Registrations currently on hold until after the first of the year.

Company License:

This course is offered by TU-CESE to a company on a license basis. This allows the company to sign-up a group of employees for this course during a specified time frame. Request a Quote for a Company License