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E-552C - Production Superintendent Certification

E-552C - Production Superintendent Certification

58 days
This course is not scheduled.
Who should attend?


    • Professionals with a significant experience in Oil & Gas surface production who are called on to hold position of production superintendents.


  • Foundation
  • This certifying course provides the in-depth technical knowledge of Oil & Gas processing operations along with managerial and communication skills for qualifying to hold the position of production superintendents. The required high-level knowledge stretches over a wide range of issues in relation to reservoir, corrosion, inspection, maintenance, well performance, flow assurance…
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • describe the overall production process, from reservoir to offloading facilities,
  • explain available tools and techniques for well performance enhancement and production optimization,
  • explain state-of-the-art Oil & Gas production techniques,
  • describe HSE management rules and responsibilities,
  • acquire world class work methods and communication skills,
  • anticipate anomalous events and react effectively to troubleshooting to avoid production loss.
Course Content


1 day

  • Welcome and program overview. Entry test. Units. Dimensions.

Downhole production - Well performance - Production fundamentals

5 days

  • Fundamentals of reservoir engineering. Well testing. Fundamentals of drilling, completion and well servicing. Artificial lift (pumping, gas lift…) and well performance. Effluent behavior. Fundamentals of thermodynamics. Specifications. HSE management.

Oil, water & gas processing

5 days

  • Oil processing: required specifications; stabilization; dehydration, desalting. Production and injection water treatment: quality requirements and associated treatments; operating conditions. Gas processing: required specifications; dehydration; hydrates, consequences and treatments; Natural Gas Liquids recovery.


2 days

  • Offshore developments challenges, technology, techniques and production constraints. Fixed and floating production structures. Prevention of deposits in flowlines. Monitoring of multi-phase flows through flowlines.

Advanced Treatments

5 days

  • Oil & Gas sweetening. Liquefied Natural Gas, principles and liquefactions processes. Natural Gas Liquids treatments. Operations troubleshooting methodology and case studies: recognize a trouble when occurring; ISHIGAWA grid; methodological approach to identify causes and remedial options; PARETO graph; troubleshooting toolbox.

Production facilities troubleshooting, dynamic simulator

5 days

  • Oral presentations of facilities actual malfunctions and teamwork investigation.
  • Case studies on a dynamic simulator: wells and production lines; rotating equipment; crude oil and associated gas: operation and troubleshooting; production shutdown and restart.

BEHAVIORAL management

5 days

  • Teamwork management, written and oral communication. Active listening and communication tools. Team cohesion and stress management. Problems analysis and investigation: tools and behaviors. How to better analyze and know oneself.

Instrumentation & process control - Electricity

5 days

  • Instrumentation and process control: functional blocks, symbolization; pneumatic, electrical and digital technologies; measurements, sensors, security equipment; control equipment, actuators; controllers and control loops; Distributed Control System (DCS): architecture, connections; Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS): HIPS, ESD, EDP, FGS.
  • Electricity: generation (turbines, alternators, monitoring, troubleshooting); distribution (HT-BT networks, power supply, stability, constituents, cabinets, transformers, batteries, isolation, protections).

Rotating machinery

5 days

  • Pumps: pumping prerequisites (pressure, flowrate, head); centrifugal pumps (types, technology, auxiliaries, performances); volumetric pumps (rotating, reciprocating).
  • Compressors: compression prerequisites (technology, auxiliaries, practical laws); centrifugal compressors (rotor, stator, bearings, shafts, seals balance); reciprocating compressors (frame, cylinders, pistons and rings, bearings, lubrication, cooling). Gas turbines: operating principles, compression, combustion, expansion, performances; technologies (compressor, combustion chamber, turbine, internal cooling); auxiliaries. HSE concerns.

Terminal, FSO & FPSO

1 day

  • Overview of oil terminals. FSO & FPSO technologies. Metering of oil quantities.

Corrosion, inspection & integrity

2 days

  • Corrosion mechanisms. Types of corrosions in the Oil & Gas industry. Corrosion prevention and monitoring, fundamentals of inspection.

HSE risks & management

15 days

  • HSE risks, flammability, overpressure systems: PSV, flare and flare network, closed and open drains… Safety in operation: use of utilities, degassing/inerting, confined space entry, start-up and shutdown. Safety during construction and maintenance works: lifting & rigging, work at height, electrical safety… Work permit system. SIMultaneous OPerationS (SIMOPS) management… HSE management systems. Management of change. Downgraded situations. HSE referential and responsibilities. Safety engineering: HAZID, HAZOP, layout optimization and identification of major accidents. Risks matrix… Safety systems: HIPS, ESD, EDP, F&G, USS. Safety logic diagrams. Human factors. Safe operating philosophy and methodology. Incident analysis and reporting. Root cause analysis.
Revisions - Oral assessment 2 days

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Ways & Means
  • Several applications and illustrations.
  • Intensive teamwork.
  • Use of dynamic training simulations.
  • Practical sessions with equipment in a workshop.
  • An international recognition of your competencies.
  • A Vocational Certificate is obtained.
  • An expertise confirmed in E-552C - Production Superintendent Certification.
  • Ready-to-use skills.