Oil & Gas Industry Training Courses

Oil & Gas Industry Training Courses
Catalog of Course Offerings

Meet your workforce training needs with our 1-day courses. These 30 oil and gas industry training courses are designed for anyone currently employed in the industry who wants to acquire knowledge and improve skills. To enroll in any course, call the School of Energy at 505-327-5705. Register over the phone; enrollment and billing paperwork will be handled on the day of the class.

Cost for each course includes San Juan College tuition & fees, and a materials fee.

ENER CLASSES New Mexico resident Out-of-state resident
1st Class $118 $219
2nd-7th Class (discounted) $40.50 $81.50

Billing questions can be answered calling the School of Energy at 327-5705, x241.

Course Titles Course Descriptions
Introduction to the Wellhead
ENER 112
Basic principles of wellbore, wellhead, and Christmas tree design and operation for lease operators (aka MSOs, field technicians, pumpers). Standard terminology to promote effective communication regarding maintenance issues and potential malfunctions, leading to basic operations and troubleshooting tasks.
Introduction to Separator and Tank
ENER 113
Basic principles of separator and tank design for production operations. Includes standard terminology for effective communication regarding: principles of separation, separator components, preventive maintenance, and operational efficiencies; types of tanks, regulatory compliance, maintenance issues, and reasons for tank failure.
Introduction to Plunger Lift
ENER 116
Basic principles of the design and operation of a plunger lift system and its relationship to the wellhead separator. Standard terminology to promote effective communication regarding incremental deliquification for maximum uplift, maintenance issues, and potential malfunctions. By understanding and correctly identifying plunger lift system design and function, students will be able to perform basic operations and troubleshooting tasks.
Introduction to Pumping Unit
ENER 117
Basic principles of the design and operation of a pumping unit aka beam lift, and its relationship to the wellhead separator. Standard terminology to promote effective communication regarding maintenance issues and potential malfunctions. By understanding and correctly identifying pumping unit (surface equipment and downhole insert pump) design and function, students will be able to perform basic operations and troubleshooting tasks.
Introduction to Gas Lift
ENER 118
Basic principles of the design and operation of gas lift. Standard terminology to promote effective communication regarding maintenance issues and potential malfunctions. By correctly identifying gas lift design and function, students will be able to understand how to operate and perform basic troubleshooting for gas lift wells.
Introduction to Gas Measurement
ENER 119
Basic principles of the design and operation of gas measurement. Standard terminology to promote effective communication regarding maintenance issues and potential malfunctions. Skills, techniques, and procedures to properly perform routine gas measurement and correctly document data to meet government regulations and company requirements. Additional topics: natural gas composition; types of meters; auxiliary equipment; sampling; inspection of measurement equipment; gas sales contracts & unaccounted-for (ghost) gas.
Introduction to Dehydration
ENER 120
Basic principles of dehydration, dehydrator skid design, and operation for production operations. Includes standard terminology to promote effective communication regarding maintenance issues and potential malfunctions of skid components. Covers basic troubleshooting.
Introduction to Automation
ENER 121
Basic principles of the design and operation of automation. Identifying automation equipment and its location on the well site. Terminology to promote effective communication regarding troubleshooting and potential malfunctions. Offers an overview of generic automation components including the solar panel, RTU, host, end devices, etc. and includes rationale for and economic value of automation. Introduces digital multimeter (DMM) use.
Introduction to Natural Gas Compression
ENER 122
Basic principles of compression, and compressor skid design and operation for production operations; includes standard terminology to promote effective communication regarding maintenance issues and potential malfunctions of skid components. Covers design and function for basic troubleshooting.
Introduction to Oil and Gas
ENER 130
Basics of oil and gas industry, focusing on production. Includes basic oil and gas field concepts; unique terminology of the oil industry; and the process of extracting oil and gas from thousands of feet underground, and delivering it through surface equipment for transfer to the wholesaler.
Introduction to Cathodic Protection
ENER 217
Basic design and operation of how to prevent internal and external corrosion issues for the Oil & Gas Industry. Instruction provides students with standard terminology to promote effective communication regarding the process of how corrosion is created and the operational and economic problems caused from if it is not used.
Theory of Line Locating
LSOP 230
Basic theory of line locating including buried utility line and well location flow lines. Lecture and equipment training; students must be able to walk long distances, including steep inclines.
Basic Electrical Theory
ENER 131
Basic science of electricity current flow, voltage, resistance, DC/AC circuits, reactive load, impedance, and basic concepts of electrical generation, etc., including basic electrical safety.
Basic Engine Theory
ENER 132
Internal combustion engines: combustion characteristics, lean burn and rich burn engines, 3 major components required for combustion, etc.
Compressor Valves
ENER 133
Basic compressor valve operation; how to use valves for optimization; includes repair and troubleshooting.
Using a Multimeter
ENER 134
Use of the multimeter, a measuring tool/device, in all its capabilities—Ohms, capacitance, resistance, voltage AC/DC, etc. (use Fluke 87 multi-meter, or students can bring their own).
Emissions Detection, Analysis, and Control
ENER 135
Chemical components of emissions; combustion control and emissions; emissions laws and standards; demonstrations and use of emissions analyzer.
Overview of the Natural Gas Industry
ENER 136
Comprehensive look at natural gas from what it is, how it is produced and processed (upstream), to how it is marketed and transported (midstream), sold and used (downstream), including economic aspects of the industry. Intended for management, production workers, office and administrative staff—all who want to understand the complex industry in which they work.
Reading Measurement Tools
ENER 137
How to read precise measuring instruments, including  inside, outside, and depth micrometers, calipers, tape measures, etc.
Rotary Compressor Concepts
ENER 138
Includes classroom theory of rotary screw compressors and hands-on disassembly and reassembly according to procedures.
Shaft Alignment
ENER 139
Basic skills involving shaft alignment using a dial indicator; hands-on application with shafts connecting compressor to engine, and shafts connecting electric motor to pump.
Laptop Usage for Technical Careers
ENER 140
Introduces students to the basic usage of laptops. Primary focus will be on the use of flash drives, air cards, plus creating and saving files. Usage of Microsoft Outlook, including accepting and sending meeting requests, sending email attachments and calendar organizational skills will also be covered.
Introduction to Disposal Well Operations
ENER 141
Basic design and operation of typical produced water disposal well and equipment. Instruction provides students with standard terminology to promote effective communication regarding the injection well, operating and maintenance of the surface equipment in addition to storage tank issues and potential malfunctions.
Purging Air from a Vessel or System
ENER 212
Presents the importance of removing any air/oxygen that has been allowed to enter a vessel or flowline during initial construction or during any remedial work performed on existing facilities. The air-to-methane ratio is dynamic because it is related to trapped or stopped gas pressure (PSIG) as an ignition source. Students will learn how to purge air safely and effectively. Not available at this time.
Why We use Compression?
ENER 214
(ENER 122 prerequisite)
Brief overview of where and how compressors were introduced to produce natural gas. Covers compressor use to accelerate the movement of gas while providing increased pipeline and reduced gathering-system pressures from the wellhead, through a treatment plant, to the “end user.” Basics of identifying external components of, and operating, a wellhead compressor skid. Includes discovering downtime reasons and safely returning the compressor skid to full operations.
Advanced Separator
ENER 215
(ENER 113 prerequisite)
Course presents basic principles of improving operational efficiency by focusing on Two-stage Three-phase separators and the LPUD, understanding the flow through each and learning how the valves and controllers function as a system. Students will gain an understanding of how control systems function and how to test them. The course also focuses on winterization techniques used to ensure operational efficiency during winter operations. Not available at this time.
Advanced Liquid and Gas Measurement
ENER 216
(ENER 119 prerequisite)
Course provides instruction on measurement methodologies and regulatory requirements for hydrocarbon storage tank liquids and natural gas measurement. Class will include API calculations and regulations for measuring both liquids and gas. Students will be introduced to the economics of accurate and inaccurate measurement methods.
Gas Measurement Witnessing
ENER 218
Students will learn standard terminology for effective communication regarding witnessing and the resulting financial implications. By understanding measurement and witnessing techniques, students will be able to perform basic inspections and corrections. Course includes natural gas composition; meter construction; auxiliary equipment; sampling; inspection of equipment; and gas sales contracts.
Wellsite Motor Valves and Controllers
ENER 219
(ENER 113 pre requisite)
Course presents basic principles of common types of valves and controllers found on a wellsite, how they function and their applications. Students will gain an understanding of how to identify symptoms of improper operation, common causes of failures and how to make minor repairs/adjustments. They will also disassemble and assemble several types of controllers to facilitate their understanding of the repair, maintenance and operation of the valves and controllers.
Wellsite Pressure and Temperature
ENER 220
(ENER 113 pre requisite)
Course presents basic principles of common types of pressure and temperature controllers found on a wellsite, how they function and their applications. Students will gain an understanding of how to identify symptoms of improper operation, common causes of failures and how to make minor repairs/adjustments. They will also disassemble and assemble several types of controllers to facilitate their understanding of the repair, maintenance and operation of the devices.

Course Locations: Thursday ENER Industry Training courses are held at the School of Energy, 800 S. Hutton, Farmington, NM 87402 from 8 am to 3 pm.

The “Theory of Line Locating” (LSOP) classes are held on the first and third Friday of every month from 8 am to 4 pm at the School of Energy.

The School of Energy building sits between Southside River Road and the Bloomfield Highway, approximately 1/2-mile west of Browning Parkway.

See the Oil & Gas Industry Course Schedule, published quarterly, for dates/times/locations of courses currently being offered.


For more information, please call School of Energy at 505-327-5705. Or send an email to Carmen King .