Maintenance Supervisor - IFP Training Certificate

Vocational Certificate

Who should attend?

  • This program aims to develop the knowledge and skills needed to perform the supervision and maintenance of equipment, systems and networks used in Oil & Gas production facilities. It includes machines mechanical aspects, wears, rupture, lubrication problems, the control and maintenance of instrumented systems, the generation, distribution and use of electrical power and provides a thorough understanding of the associated HSE considerations.
Public :
  • All people working for the Oil & Gas production, transport or storage facilities with experience in the maintenance area:
  • experienced field operators, control room operators, supervisors,
  • maintenance technicians,
  • maintenance professionals who want to consolidate and develop their skills.

Level :Skilled

Prerequisite :
  • Experience in Oil & Gas production facilities operation and maintenance.

Course Content


      • Fundamentals of chemistry: atoms, molecules, atomic weight, molecular weight.
      • Hydrocarbons types and main characteristics.
      • Applied physics: force, work and energy, temperature, thermal energy and heat transfer, pressure, hydrostatics, hydrodynamics and friction losses.
      • Well effluent: composition, types and characterization parameters.
      • Liquid-vapor equilibrium of pure components and mixtures.
      • Well effluents behavior. Need for effluents field processing. Specifications.

      • Technical representation of parts and simple mechanical systems: technical drawing and vocabulary (2D views, projections, section and cut-away views, perspectives); dimensioning, tolerances, main adjustments, surface conditions; tools of metrology, performances and rules of use.
      • Elements of construction: metals, alloys, plastics and composites, operating and maintenance rules; screwed, bolted, welded and stuck constructions; bearings, seals. Pipe, valves and main line accessories.
      • Elements of repair: surface treatments and coatings; overlay welding and reconstitution; test and requalification.
  • MAINTENANCE & INSPECTION OF ROTATING MACHINERY (in mechanical workshop) - Duration : 10 Days

      • General characteristics and technology of rotating machines: reliability, technological descriptions, operating parameters, characteristics; effect of external process parameters: composition of the products, modified suction or discharge conditions; stresses in normal operation and in abnormal conditions, operating limits; influence on the machine lifespan, general operating rules; effect on reliability, associated risks.
      • Technology and maintenance of the common elements: ball bearings, hydrodynamic bearings, magnetic bearings; sealing systems; balancing: imbalance, eccentricity, balancing class; couplings and alignments; lubrication.
      • Inspection and failure forecast: diagnosis, functioning point, checking the performance, detection of failure by vibrations and oil analysis; fundamentals of inspection; friction and materials, roughness, surface conditions, fretting corrosion; main rupture modes (stress, fatigue, impact, creep…).

      • Sensors and transmitters: measurement of operating parameters, measurement uncertainties; physical principles, technologies, units of measurement, local reading/transmission; transmitter technology; preventive maintenance.
      • Controls and actuators: control valves (technology, types of valves, characteristic curves, safety position); positioners: principle of operation, types; ON/OFF valves: types, technology. Special ON/OFF valves: SDV, ESDV, BDV.
      • Controllers and control loop structures: behavior of a P&ID controller: operating point, gain, interactions…; control loops: simple, cascade and split-range.
      • Distributed Control Systems (DCS): architecture, security/redundancy; alarms, history, newspapers.
      • Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS): safety loop and safety functions, Safety Integrity Level; high Integrity Protection Systems (HIPS), Emergency Shutdown (ESD), Emergency DePressurization (EDP); Fire & Gas system (F&G).

      • Electricity generation: gas turbine, alternator; monitoring and maintenance of the equipment, troubleshooting.
      • Electrical distribution and networks: HV and LV networks, architectures and equipment, distribution philosophy, differential protection; switchboards and switchgears, transformers, circuit breakers, protection and isolation elements, batteries; equipotential networks, earthing.
      • Electric motors: functioning and operation of AC and DC electric motors, windings coupling, adjustment to site conditions; routine monitoring, troubleshooting, starting systems, variable speed systems, maintenance.
      • Protection against electrical risks (as per the UTE C-18 510): hazards, voltage levels, safe approach distances, related safety devices; effects and consequences of the electrical risks, protections.
      • Hazardous areas and ATEX standards: definition of a hazardous area, ATEX specifications and standards; impact for the organization (certification, accreditation).

      • Operations and HSE.
      • Risk assessment tools. Job safety analysis.
      • Permit to work system procedure.
      • Hazard identification and risk assessment of maintenance and construction works.
      • Environmental management in maintenance and construction operations.
      • Organizational framework. Human factors.
      • Management of contractors.
      • Audits. Means of improving the HSE performance.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Know the physical phenomena involved in the Oil & Gas treatments,
  • Understand the fundamentals of maintenance,
  • Be familiar with the technology and operation of static equipment and rotating machinery used in the Oil & Gas production facilities and know the different elements concerned by maintenance and inspection policies,
  • Know field instrumentation technology, understand DCS architecture and safety logics, be familiar with the calibration and synchronization procedures and be aware of the importance of measurement quality,
  • Be able to analyze and monitor electrical equipment and electrical networks and know how to identify and mitigate associated electrical hazard,
  • Understand the risks associated to products, equipment and operations and plan adequate resources to carry out activities adopting industry best practices.

Ways & Means

  • Lecturing by industry specialists.
  • Team work exercises.
  • Course sessions in relation with practical exercises and case studies.
  • Mechanical workshops.

Learning assessment

  • Continuous assessments all-along the program.


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 :