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.

This is a great follow-up course to the Basic Petroleum Geology For The Non-Geologist seminar, instructed by Dr. Norm Hyne.


*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.” (Engineering Tech, Cimarex Energy)
“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.” (Financial Analyst, Merit Energy Company)
“Very engaging. One of the most beneficial continuing education classes available.” (Landman, QEP Energy Company)
“This course was like turning on a light bulb in the dark! It will make my job so much better!” (Admin Asst., Newfield Exploration)

2017 Petroleum Engineering for Non-Engineers brochure

HURRICANE HARVEY UPDATE: The hotel didn’t take in any water during the flood, but the sleeping rooms are being utilized by emergency responders, evacuees, etc. We STRONGLY SUGGEST, to make your room reservations RIGHT AWAY for the seminar.

Upcoming Courses

December 5 – 7, 2017 – Houston, TX (8:30 am-4:30 pm each day) Register for this Course

In-Company Training

Many courses offered by CESE are also available on-site. In-company training simplifies scheduling, ensuring more of your employees will be able to attend and learn. Request a Course Quote



John Farina, Mark Klins

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
    • Updated 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.li>

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.

Hotel Room Reservations

HURRICANE HARVEY UPDATE: The hotel didn’t take in any water during the flood, but the sleeping rooms are being utilized by emergency responders, evacuees, etc. We STRONGLY SUGGEST, to make your room reservations RIGHT AWAY for the seminar.
December 5-7, 2017 course will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton at Greenway Plaza, 6 Greenway Plaza, Houston, TX 77046. Contact Room Reservation Specialist, Patricia Iheonye, to make your reservations. Ask for the The University of Tulsa rate of $189.00. There is not an online reservation link option.
patricia.iheonye@hilton.com; Direct Line: 713-850-2327

Course Preview: From August 30-Sept 1, 2016, Denver, CO