From Rocks to Drill Bits: How it All Fits Together


June 24-25, 2020 | Houston, TX | Sign-Up Here

October 13-14, 2020 | Denver, CO

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 2-day course provides an overall perspective of the petroleum 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 Luchtel Ferguson
President, KLF Geological Consulting, LLC, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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)

Dates, Times, Locations

The course runs from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm each day.

June 24-25, 2020 | Houston, Texas
Hyatt Regency Galleria | 2626 Sage Road

October 13-14, 2020 | Denver, Colorado
Grand Hyatt Hotel | 1750 Welton Street

Course Fee:

•BEST DEAL DISCOUNT: $1,395 per person(register super early to get this deal)
•Team Discount (2 or more): $1,595 per person
•Early Enrollment Discount: $1,595 per person
•Regular Tuition Fee: $1,895 per person

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

June 24-25 2020 | Houston, TX Register Online
October 13-14, 2020 | Denver, CO Register Online
Company On-Site Training:
This course is offered by TU-CESE to companies with a large number of participants on an in-company/on-site basis. If interested, complete the Request a Quote Form
In-Company Training Request A Quote

Contact our office if you have any questions:
The University of Tulsa, Continuing Education for Science & Engineering
Phone: 918-631-3088
Email: cese@utulsa.edu