Petroleum Engineering for Non-Engineers

Would you like to receive an overview of petroleum engineering in an understandable way? Would you like to be able to communicate better with the petroleum engineers and geologist you work with? Would you like to better understand the exploration and production process? If you answered YES to just one of these questions . . . this seminar is for you!

This course provides nontechnical support personnel with an overview of the exploration/production process. It arms them with the terminology associated with these procedures and practices that will increase their understanding of the process and facilitate communication between them and the engineers and geologists they work with.


*You will be able to immediately use the information learned to increase your overall job productivity.
*Obtaining a better understanding of petroleum engineering for more efficient communications with others in your company.
*Enthusiasm for the industry will be enhanced and confidence levels will be increased.

Participant Comments:

“This course has been like putting pieces of a puzzle together. I now feel I can communicate better with the engineers, as well as understanding the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of petroleum engineering.”
“I would be willing to bet that there is not another 3 day program that will enhance your knowledge about the industry more than this one.”
“Very engaging. One of the most beneficial continuing education classes available.”
“This course was like turning on a light bulb in the dark! It will make my job so much better!”
“I loved this course! I’m a mechanical engineer and I finally feel like I fully understand the drilling and completion process as if I were a petroleum engineer.”

Contact our office today to sign-up or use the online registration link below.
The University of Tulsa, CESE
Phone: 918-631-3088
email: cese@utulsa.edu

Upcoming Course:

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In-Company Training

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Brian S. Musso, or Mark Klins or
John Farina

Who Should Attend

Anyone needing or wanting an understanding of petroleum engineering in order to be more productive at their job, will find this seminar beneficial. Past participants have included:

    • Engineering Techs
    • Administrative Assistants
    • Landmen
    • Geo Techs
    • Managers
    • Regulatory Analysts
    • Sales Representatives
    • IT Consultants
    • Accountants
    • Land Techs
    • Recruiters
    • Attorneys
    • Executive Assistants

*There are no prerequisites for attendance

During this three-day seminar, you will learn…

  • The requirements for an exploration project
  • Tools, practices and terminology associated with drilling a well
  • Current offshore drilling equipment and practices
  • Application of directional and horizontal drilling
  • How openhole logs and cores are used to evaluate a well
  • Completion practices, including hydraulic fracture stimulation
  • How oil is produced from a well with artificial lift
  • About surface equipment used to gather, process and store produced fluids

You Will Receive

      • Program notebook and hand-outs, exercises, and case studies
      • Drilling and Production Rig Component Diagram wall chart


      • 1.95 CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
      • 19.5 PDHs (Professional Development Hours)
      • American Association of Professional Landmen may approve this course for RLP, CPL hours.
      • State Bar Associations and State Accountancy Boards may approve this course for CLE and CPE Hours.

Program Highlights

  • Current case studies and examples will be given
  • Class exercises reinforce the lectures
  • Material is illustrated with actual hands-on field examples

Course Summary

  • Introduction and quick review of geology behind the process.
  • “Oil Well” video illustrating basic drilling and completion, as well as a blow-out.
  • Overview of on-shore drilling rigs: Design considerations, pros and cons of different systems.
  • Overview of Off-shore rigs: Submersibles, Floating platforms, Barges, Jack-up.
  • Directional Drilling Tools and Techniques: Identification of conditions requiring a directional well, horizontal well productivity, and pros and cons.
  • Well Completions: Completion methods – open-hole, perforating, wire-wrap; discussion of oil well production equipment – casing, tubing, review of cementing practices and procedures. Radial flow.
  • Reservoir Stimulation: Acidizing; Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Reservoir Drive Mechanisms: Dissolved gas, Gas cap, Water and combo drives; Discussion of the impact of different drives on oil and gas production.
  • Improved Recovery Techniques: Waterflooding; Artificial lift options – gas lift, sucker rod pumps and electrical submersible pumps.
  • Handling Sub-Surface Fluids: Removing water; separating liquid and gas; storing the crude oil.
  • Well Log Analysis: SP and GR Logs; shaliness; porosity measurement – equation calculation; density logs/sonic logs; determining saturation.

Date, Time & Location: TBD

Course Registration Fees:
BEST DEAL DISCOUNT:$1,695 per person: Register super early to get this deal!
TEAM DISCOUNT:$1,995 per person (2 or more attending from same company)
Regular Tuition: $2,295 per person

Want to take a look at the program? Watch this short video from a program held in Denver: