Petroleum Life Cycle: From Rocks to Drill Bits

ONLINE FORMAT | ZOOM Morning & Afternoon Daily Sessions
November 10-12, 2020 | Tuesday – Thursday | Enrollment Deadline: November 4, 2020

Class size is limited. Sign up today.

From the history of fossil fuels to where we are today in the oil and gas industry (and where the future is leading us), this course provides an overall perspective of the petroleum lifecycle and industry.

By learning the fundamentals and language of petroleum exploration, drilling and production; participants become more efficient and perform their job better.

“I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed Kristie’s class – she did a great job of balancing details with overall process. I enjoyed listening to her and found myself dreading the end of the course. Not something I can say with many training classes!” – Dana R., Sr. Land Tech, SM Energy

Participants will gain a deeper proficiency of the roles and responsibilities of the many team members within their companies. With each lesson, they will learn how all jobs, including their own, are necessary to increase the bottom line of their company, which translates to adding reserves and making a profit.

Participants will walk away understanding how all aspects of the petroleum industry fit together…from upstream to downstream, including the essential tools of both conventional and unconventional exploration, production and development.

By understanding and applying the concepts and tools presented in this program, the participant will have more confidence and become a more productive professional.

Lectures are enhanced with exercises on well log correlations, subsurface map interpretations, economic analysis and deal structure assessments; plus the “GeoJeopardy” game reinforces the skill sets discussed.

“The instructor took a potentially very dry, boring subject and turned it into a fun learning experience.”
“Very thorough, informative, interesting. Very knowledgeable teacher who is excited about petroleum and geology.”
“Fast-paced crash course of the oil industry. The class was the next best thing to learning on an oil rig in the field.”

The program is designed for any employee working in, or is interested in, the oil and gas industry. It provides an understanding of the roles in the business and how they relate to the complex oil & gas industry. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Midstream Company Employees: understand upstream and downstream and how they affect your role
  • Engineering & Geological/Geophysical Technicians
  • Landmen, Land Admin, Land Technicians
  • Exhibit Booth Personnel
  • Lease Analysts
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Field Support & Managers
  • Attorneys and Legal Teams
  • Entry-level to 5 year Geologists & Engineers
  • Marketing/Sales Group
  • Financial Analysts & Accountants
  • HSE Personnel
  • New Hires who may be coming from outside the industry
  • IT Support and Managers
  • Interns
  • Human Resources Personnel


Kristie L. Ferguson
President, KLF Geological, LLC
Tulsa, Oklahoma
More information…

Course Topics

  • Geology 101
  • Geological Timescale and Plate Tectonics
  • Sedimentary and Fault Traps: Structures and Mapping
  • Oil vs Gas: How and Where Does it Come From?
  • Geophysics and How it is Used Today
  • Land Acquisition and Requirements to Drill a Prospect
  • Building a Prospect with the Team and Getting it Approved
  • Drilling a Well: Vertical and Horizontal
  • Completing a Well: Fracing Techniques
  • How we Moved from Vertical to Horizontal in the E&P Industry
  • Pumping Money out of the Ground: Production
  • Downstream and Marketing
  • Reserves and Decline Curves: Keeping the Wells Alive
  • The Bottom Line: The Rig Schedule


  • 13 PDHs (Professional Development Hours)
  • 1.3 CEUs (Continuing Education Credits)

November 2020 ONLINE COURSE

DATE: November 10-12, 2020 | Tuesday–Thursday
ONLINE FORMAT: ZOOM Morning & Afternoon Daily Sessions
10am-12pm & 1:30pm-3:30pm (Central)

You will receive a rock and mineral kit to use in the program along with any printed course materials the instructor thinks is necessary.


BEST DEAL DISCOUNT: $695.00/person | Register & Pay by October 12, 2020
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: $995/person | Register & Pay by October 30, 2020
COURSE FEE after October 30: $1,195/person

Deadline to register for this program is Wednesday, November 4th.
Class Size is Limited. Sign up Today.

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


ONLINE PROGRAM: November 10-12, 2020
ZOOM Morning & Afternoon Sessions Tuesday-Thursday
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The University of Tulsa, Continuing Education for Science & Engineering
Phone: 918-631-3088
Email: cese@utulsa.edu