Philip Z., ATB Corporate Financial Services
“I thoroughly enjoyed Oilpatch 101, offered by JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group. Frank’s teaching was very informative and educational. His very engaging communication style and extensive industry knowledge made the experience welcoming and interactive. I highly recommend Oilpatch 101 to anyone who just entered the industry or is contemplating a career change.”
Ted, Bridgewater Bank
"A fabulous course. There is enough for everyone, whether you’re a novice to the industry or experienced. Frank has a strong breadth of experience to handle any question and is an engaging presenter."
Chris, ATB Financial
“Frank Henderson is a great teacher and knows the oil industry very well with over 30 years of experience. The course went into great detail and I highly recommend it to anyone working in the oil and gas industry.”
Carol-Lynn, Gibson Energy
“JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group’s Oilpatch 101 course provides a wealth of information on the oil and gas industry. Both the instructor and course material were easy to understand, which is important when there is so much content to cover!”
Janelle, National Bank of Canada
“Oilpatch 101 has taken all the bits and pieces I know about the industry and put them together to help me see the larger picture. The course has helped me gain a greater understanding and really sparked my interest in the industry.”
An overview of petroleum in scientific, industrial and economic terms
Petroleum is the basis of the entire oil and gas industry. This section explains its origins, its scientific definitions and categories, the different ways it can be extracted and measured, the reserves where it is found both in Canada and abroad, and its role in the economy as a major industrial sector.
Establish the various steps and technologies required for the successful exploration of resources
This section is a guide to the process of exploration, which involves geological research and testing, risk-management decisions, land access surveys and their interpretation, licenses and leases, seismic surveying and analysis of environmental impact. It also features the production and procedural challenges that explorers face, as well as the technologies being developed to overcome these challenges.
A summary of the preparation, equipment and technological factors involved in drilling.
Take a comprehensive look at drilling operations, including preparation and planning, the types of wells and rigs, different drilling systems, production technologies, evaluation and testing of resources and environmental impact.
Recognize the main types of crude oil and natural gas production and how technology is evolving to improve the process.
This topic will feature terms and technologies widely discussed in the media today, including conventional oil and oilsands production, natural gas production and well stimulation methods like fracturing. This section will explain the different methods involved in extracting oil and natural gas, well servicing, oilsands mining, in situ and SAGD technologies and and the areas where the most production activities take place in North America.
Identify the facilities and stages involved to prepare oil and gas commodities for market.
Processing is the procedure of making marketable commodities and this section discusses the removal of impurities using oil batteries, bitumen upgrading, the processing of raw natural gas, byproducts like sulphur and ethane, and the environmental implications and requirements of processing facilities.
Explore the different ways that raw or marketable oil and gas products can be transported nationally and globally.
The transportation of energy resources to customers and processing facilities is a major undertaking and often the subject of much debate. Students will learn the types and usage of pipelines, how pipelines are constructed, the locations and routes of major Canadian pipelines, alternate methods of packaging and carrying oil and natural gas, and the infrastructure and environmental challenges involved in petroleum transportation.
Learn the types of refinery facilities and the final products they create.
Explore the different petroleum products that are processed using refineries, the equipment and technology involved, the production of fuels through reformulation, the role of petrochemical plants and the various challenges presented by refining, such as harmful emissions and byproducts.
Understand how petroleum products are finally connected to customers.
This section focuses on the pricing and sale of completed petroleum products in the global marketplace and discusses fuel types and uses, taxation and the formulation of price per litre, natural gas retailing and the way changing oil and gas prices affect the industry.
A realistic look at energy sustainability and the ways it is being considered in today’s industry.
Learn about the forces that drive sustainability in the petroleum industry, the dimensions of the problem, how companies and organizations are recognizing the need for sustainable practices, the role of regulations and the impact of sustainability choices on our environment and quality of life.
Frank has over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He worked in the exploration, production and marketing side of the industry before starting his own company in 2000. His current focus is on restructuring the natural gas industry, the growing importance of the oilsands and the developing unconventional sector. Frank’s teaching style is interactive and energetic—students are encouraged to ask questions!