Introduction to Petroleum Engineering


Who should attend?

  • This course provides a complete overview of petroleum engineering covering primary issues of reservoir, drilling, completion and surface production.
Public :
  • Professionals in technical, commercial, legal, financial or human resources departments, within the petroleum industry or related sectors, who need a general knowledge in petroleum engineering.

Level :Awareness

Prerequisite :
  • No pre-requisistes are necessary to follow this course.

Course Content


      • Introduction to the energy business: energy resources; energy demand and supply.
      • Scope of the Oil & Gas industry:
      • Context: producer and consumer countries; national/ independent/ international oil companies; services companies; international organizations.
      • Risks related to the Oil & Gas industry.
  • RESERVOIR ENGINEERING - Duration : 1 Day

      • Introduction to petroleum geology:
      • Geodynamics of the earth. Sedimentary basins. Structural deformations (folds & faults).
      • Clastic and carbonate depositional environments and reservoirs.
      • Elements and processes of the petroleum system (source, reservoir, seal, traps).
      • Subsurface models, inputs data and concepts:
      • Seismic data gathering, processing and interpretation.
      • Well data acquisition and analysis.
      • Formation evaluation and sampling (logs and cores).
      • Reservoir characterization and modeling:
      • Data integration; introduction to reservoir modeling.
      • Management of subsurface uncertainties.
      • Volumetrics (in-place hydrocarbon estimation).
      • Subsurface Development Options: reservoir engineering:
      • Field development planning.
      • Drainage mechanisms: introduction to EOR and storage.
      • Different types of reservoir effluents and their behavior.
      • Unconventional resources:
      • Introduction to unconventional developments.
      • Non-conventional resources and their extraction techniques.
      • Environmental aspects.
  • WELL - Duration : 2 Days

      • Drilling:
      • Organization on site.
      • Well design.
      • Drilling rig: functions hoisting, rotations, pumping, power and safety.
      • Drilling rigs.
      • Drilling operations chronology.
      • Drilling operations: casing, cement job, directional drilling, fishing, D.S.T.
      • Drilling rig visit*.
      • Downhole production/completion:
      • Completion design.
      • Reservoir-wellbore interface.
      • Well stimulation.
      • Well equipment and maintenance.
      • Activation.
      • Offshore wells:
      • Selection of the drilling and production rigs - Platforms.
      • Design and specific equipment.
  • OIL & GAS PROCESSING FACILITIES - Duration : 1.75 Days

      • Produced fluid properties.
      • Gathering system, hydrate inhibition.
      • Crude oil treatment: separation, crude oil dehydration and desalting processes.
      • Gas processing: dehydration, sweetening, NGL recovery processes.
      • Metering and shipment.
      • Visit of a production site (if available)*.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will:
  • know about major issues in petroleum engineering,
  • understand the various operations carried out during field development, from drilling to surface treatment,
  • know the vocabulary needed to communicate with E&P professionals,
  • identify the contribution of the different business lines and interact effectively with the different technical teams.

Ways & Means

  • Interactive animation by E&P senior experienced lecturers.
  • Visits to a drilling rig and a production site (in Pau training center)*.
  • Numerous videos.
  • * When the course is delivered in Rueil-Malmaison, practical illustration is provided by video.

Learning assessment

  • Quiz on request.


Additional information :Refer to the following complementary courses, which might be of interest: “Exploration & Production overview”; “Introduction to Reservoir Engineering”; “Drilling Fundamentals”; “Well Completion & Servicing”; “Oil & Gas Field Processing”.

Coordinator :IFP Training trainer (permanent or contracted) having a good expertise and/or experience of the related topics, trained to adult teaching methods, and whose competencies are kept up-to-date.

To French entities : IFP Training is referenced to DataDock ; you may contact your OPCO about potential funding. Please contact our disabled persons referent to check the accessibility of this training program :