Oil & Gas Industry Training Courses

Program Plan

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Oil & Gas Industry Training Courses
4.0 credits ENER-110: Oil & Gas Employee Immersion
Classroom and hands-on learning experience designed for newly-hired technicians, and specialized technicians moving to multi-skilled positions. Covers an introduction to the industry, the basics of oil and gas production operations from the reservoir to the sales point, and common terminology for equipment, maintenance, and troubleshooting. Promotes an understanding of role, accountabilities, and expectations; enhances employees' ability to work safely and effectively.
Offered: ALL
0.5 credits ENER-112: Introduction to the Wellhead
Course presents basic principles of wellbore, wellhead, and Christmas tree design and operation for lease operators, field technicians, and pumpers. Instruction provides students with standard terminology to promote effective communication regarding maintenance issues and potential malfunctions. By understanding and correctly identifying these designs and functions, students will be able to perform basic troubleshooting.
Offered: ALL
0.5 credits ENER-113: Introduction to Separators & Tanks
Course presents basic principles of separator and tank design for production operations. Students will learn standard terminology for effective communication regarding: principles of separation, separator components, preventive maintenance, and operational efficiencies.
Offered: ALL
0.5 credits ENER-116: Introduction to Plunger Lift Systems
Basic principles of the design and operation of plunger lift systems and its relationship to the wellhead separator.Instruction provides students with standard terminology to promote effective communication regarding incremental deliquification for maximum uplift, maintenance issues, and potential malfunctions. By understanding and correctly indentifying plunger lift system design and function, students will be able to perform basic operations and troubleshooting tasks.
Offered: ALL
0.5 credits ENER-117: Introduction to Pumping Unit
Basic principles of the design and operation of a pumping unit, aka beam lift, and its relationship to the wellhead separator.Instruction provides students with standard terminology to promote effective communication regarding maintenance issues and potential malfunctions. By understanding and correctly indentifying pumping unit (surface equipment and downhole insert pump) design and function, students will be able to perform basic operations and troubleshooting tasks.
Offered: ALL
0.5 credits ENER-118: Introduction to Gas Lift
Course presents basic principles of the design and operation of gas lift. Instruction provides students with 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.
Offered: ALL
0.5 credits ENER-119: Intro to Gas Measurement
Basic principles of gas measurement design and operation, particularly the orifice meter. Students will learn standard terminology for effective communication regarding maintenance and potential malfunctions. By understanding and gas measurement equipment and techniques, students will be able to perform basic troubleshooting. Course will include natural gas composition; types of meters; auxiliary equipment; sampling; inspection of measurement equipment; and gas sales contracts.
Offered: ALL
0.5 credits ENER-120: Introduction to Dehydration
Basic principles of dehydration, including standard terminology to promote effective communication regarding equipment maintenance 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.
Offered: DMND
0.5 credits ENER-121: Introduction to Automation
This course presents basic principles of the design and operation of automation. Students will learn to identify automation equipment and its location on the well site. Provides students with terminology to promote effective communication regarding troubleshooting and potential malfunctions. Offers an overview of generic automation components.
Offered: DMND
0.5 credits ENER-122: Introduction to Compression
Course presents basic principles of the natural gas compression process and compressor skid design for production operations. Covers standard terminology of skid components to promote effective communication for identifying maintenance issues and potential malfunctions. By understanding and correctly identifying compressor skid components, design, and function, students will be able to perform basic troubleshooting.
Offered: DMND
3.0 credits ENER-123: Excel for Technical Careers
This course is designed to provide students with the skills needed in spreadsheeting that is customized to technical careers and industry examples in data manipulation. Comprehensive coverage of current spreadsheeting software, from basic data entry and formatting to complex functions, and data importation. Special emphasis is placed on spreadsheet development for mathematical and technical applications.
Prerequisites: Take MATH-096, ENGL-095, and (RDNG-099 OR RDNG-113) or appropriate Accuplacer scores.
Offered: ALL
0.5 credits ENER-130: Introduction to Oil and Gas
This course introduces students, who have little or no knowledge of oil and gas discovery and production, to the basics of the oil and gas industry, focusing on what it takes to get oil and gas from the underground source to the surface. Students will be introduced to basic oil and gas field concepts; the unique language of the oil industry; and the process whereby oil and gas are extracted from thousands of feet underground, and delivered through surface equipment for transfer to wholesaler.
Offered: ALL
0.5 credits ENER-131: Basic Electrical Theory
This course is specifically designed for maintenance technicians and other non-electrical personnel working in the Oil and Gas Industry. Designed for anyone needing to understand basic electricity and its uses.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.
Offered: DMND
0.5 credits ENER-132: Basic Engine Theory
This course introduces students to the basic concepts of the internal combustion engine and its subsystems, to include air, fuel and ignition systems and how they work together to produce normal combustion.Internal combustion engines: combustion characteristics, lean burn and rich burn engines, 3 major components required for combustion.
Offered: DMND
0.5 credits ENER-133: Compressor Valves
This course introduces students to the basic concepts of natural gas compressor valves and how to operate them according to different manufactures.Basic compressor valve operation; how to use valves for optimization; includes repair and troubleshooting.
Offered: DMND
0.5 credits ENER-134: Using a Multimeter
This course introduces students, to the basic concepts of the use and purpose of a Digital Multi-Meter. This class will teach the student hands-on use of a DMM with an emphasis on electrical troubleshooting. You will learn to test electric motors, capacitors, transformers, heating elements, diodes, and much more. You will also learn the proper way to test a fuse in and out of the circuit.
Offered: DMND
0.5 credits ENER-135: Emissions Detection, Analysis, & Control
In this course students become familiar with natural gas regulations. Students will be introduced to the various types of emissions as well as step-by-step details on the emission testing process. The course will include hands-on testing with a portable emission analyzer and witnessing the effects that changes in the combustion process make on final emissions.
Offered: DMND
0.5 credits ENER-136: Overview of the Natural Gas Industry
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.
Offered: DMND
0.5 credits ENER-137: Reading Measurement Tools
Reading Measuring Tools builds a solid foundation of skills that workers can use across a broad spectrum of applications. It develops the basis for mastering more advanced measuring tasks to ensure that students get the accurate measurements needed for the high technology equipment of today?s industry. With this program, workers will master the essentials of handling, applying and reading the most common gauges from steel rulers to micrometers and height gauges.
Offered: DMND
0.5 credits ENER-138: Rotary Compressor Concepts
This course is designed to prepare maintenance and service technicians with knowledge to properly maintain and service rotary screw compressors. Students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge of the design and operation of the equipment through classroom studies and hands-on demonstrations.
Offered: DMND
0.5 credits ENER-139: Shaft Alignment
This course explains why precision shaft alignment is so important, why soft foot correction is important, how to use dial indicators, how laser alignment systems work, how to deal with thermal growth, how to move the machine and deal with all of the complications that can arise.
Offered: DMND
0.5 credits ENER-140: Laptop Usage for Technical Careers
This course is designed to introduce 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.
Offered: DMND
0.5 credits ENER-141: Introduction to Disposal Well Operations
Course presents the 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.
Offered: DMND
7.0 credits ENER-180: Cooperative Work Experience I
Students will work with their current company and apply the skills from the oil and gas industry training classes. Students will be supervised and evaluated by their immediate company supervisor. Credit for the course is dependent upon a satisfactory evaluation form submitted by the supervisor to the School of Energy program coordinator.
Offered: DMND
0.5 credits ENER-211: Regulators and LL Controllers
Course presents basic principles for the operation of a liquid level controller and its relationship to the regulators (valves) and how they operate surface equipment. Instruction provides students with standard terminology to promote effective communication regarding valve repairs, supply gas pressures, managing line and wellhead pressures. Pro-active preventative maintenance and potential equipment malfunction issues will be discussed and lab work used to show best practices will be employed.
Offered: DMND
0.5 credits ENER-212: Purging Air From a Vessel Or System
An introduction to multiple methods of removing air (oxygen) and other gases from inside of a pipeline (flowline) or vessel. Instruction on how to avoid natural gas combustion from applied pressure either directly from a wellbore or utilizing a wellhead compressor skid. This course is not designed to replace specific company procedures or policies.
Offered: DMND
0.5 credits ENER-214: Why We Use Compression
An introduction to how compression was used to develop gas fields from the end user back to the wellhead. Program shows multiple types of compressor skids and how to perform basic checks prior to startup and during normal runtimes. This course is not designed to replace specific company procedures or policies.
Offered: DMND
0.5 credits ENER-215: Advanced Separator
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.
Offered: DMND
0.5 credits ENER-216: Advanced Liquid and Gas Measurement
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.
Offered: DMND
0.5 credits ENER-217: Introduction to Cathodic Protection
Course presents the 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 when not used.
Offered: ALL
1.0 credits ENER-240: Reduced Production Rates
This course is designed as a capstone course in which the student will apply the skills from previous oil and gas industry training courses. The students will be provided with operational, equipment and production issues and then asked to identify the potential causes and remedies for each scenario.
Prerequisites: Take 18 Energy courses.
Offered: DMND
9.0 credits ENER-280: Cooperative Work Experience II
Students will work with their current company and apply the skills from the oil and gas industry training classes. Students will be supervised and evaluated by their immediate company supervisor. Credit for the course is dependent upon a satisfactory evaluation form submitted by the supervisor to the School of Energy program coordinator.
Prerequisites: Take ENER-180 and ENER-240.
Offered: ALL
0.5 - 3.0 credits ENER-299: Special Topics
Special or specific topic course to meet the needs of students. Topics and credits are announced in the Schedule of Classes. These courses may be used as electives for Associate degree requirements. May be repeated one or more times for additional credit. No more than 6 credits of special topic courses can be used toward a degree
Offered: DMND

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