op 101

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Course Information

Oilpatch 101 is a comprehensive course designed for those working in the oil industry. Developed and taught by an expert in the energy industry, this two-day course provides an interactive and easy-to-comprehend introduction to a dynamic industry.

Who should attend?

  • Professionals who are new to the oil and gas industry
  • Those in non-technical roles such as accounting, marketing, human resources or government
  • Individuals looking to refresh their industry knowledge

Learning objectives

  • Understand the basic steps, technology and people involved in getting petroleum resources from the ground to the consumer.
  • Learn how the petroleum industry is connected to regional and global events, issues and economics and how the industry affects Canadians.
  • Recognize the names and roles of key organizations involved in the Canadian oilpatch.
  • Understand the relevance and value of the course content and it's applicability to you and your company..

Topics covered


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.

What's included


Two full days of instruction (8:00am – 4:00pm)


A course workbook


Continental breakfast and a catered lunch for both days


Access to energy industry magazines, area maps and industry charts, courtesy of JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group (JWN)


A complimentary one-year membership to a selected JWN energy publication


Chance to win a copy of The Oilfield Atlas

Chance to win one of four digital memberships of The Oilfield Atlas

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Frank Henderson, course instructor