This course was previously titled: Fundamentals of Petroleum Exploration, Drilling & Production

Course Description

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 your job better.

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.

Participants Comments

  • “Very thorough, informative, interesting. Very knowledgeable teacher who is excited about petroleum and geology.”
  • “The Instructor took a potentially very dry, boring subject and turned it into a fun learning experience.”
  • “Great class! Loved the topic. Instructor had awesome knowledge and great personality.”
  • “Fast-paced crash course in the oil industry. This class was the next best thing to learning on an oil rig in the field.” – Sales Analyst, eLynx Technologies
  • “Even though I’ve worked in the industry for over a decade, my work has been very technical and computer software focused. It was great to gain an understanding of how the rest of the industry works.” Sr. Software Developer, eLynx Technologies

Who Should Attend?

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
•Human Resources Personnel

Instructor: 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


Two Days


This program meets the criteria for continuing professional development in many state and national professional organizations.

Special Features

Handouts include

  • An extensive course workbook
  • Rock and Mineral Kit
  • Geological Time Card

Exercises include a Geo-Jeopardy game, well-log correlation, and interpreting subsurface maps, seismic records and well logs. Examples such as a drill bit and crude oils are displayed.

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!

This course can be customized to meet your training needs.

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