Well Engineering Training Course, Stage 1

Well Engineering Training Course Stage 1, drilling and well engineering

  • The first stage of the Well Engineering Training Course focuses on well site operations and developing well site positions. In combination with relevant field experience, this training will provide candidates with an excellent basis for the position of Well Site Drilling Engineer.

    The Well Engineering Training Course is set up as a self‐study course with limited instruction time. A significant amount of material is covered in the training. The duration of Stage 1 is one year. Due to the lengthy process and volume of work, dedication and focus is required from the participant as well as employer to successfully complete the program.

    The objective is development towards the position of Drilling Engineer.

    The course consists of the following:

    • Training material
    • 4 training sessions of one week each over one year
    • 12 hours of online support per year
    • Test questions
    • Use of GotoMeeting
    • Final test plus one re‐sit if required
    • Certificate of completion.

    Duration: 1 year, self-study
    Location: To be advised

  • The objectives of the Well Engineering Training Course (WETC) Stage 1 are:

    To describe in oilfield terminology:
    1. The functions of the well engineering department
    2. The cost implications and effectiveness of operations
    3. The rig tools and materials commonly used
    4. The prinicipal techniques, problems and solutions


    To make the necessary calculations from drilling and programme related data to;
    1. Drilling equipment, including the derrick/mast, block line and drill string.
    2. Drilling hydraulics
    3. Casing cementations
    4. Pressure control

  • This course is designed to train:

    • Junior well engineers towards Well Engineer / Drilling Supervisor position
    • Well engineers towards Senior Well Engineer position


    In order to achieve a “Skill” level, further practical learning through
    e.g. On-the-Job training or participation in projects and/or assignments is required

  • Module 1: Health, Safety and the Environment


    • Personal Safety Hazards
    • Site Practices and Procedures
    • The Cause of Incidents
    • The HSE Management System
    • The HSE Case
    • Hazards and Effects Management Process
    • Personal HSE Responsibilities
    • Health and the Environment
    • Sustainable Development

    Module 2: Capital Well Equipment


    • Materials and Corrosion
    • Casing and Tubing
    • Wellheads
    • Christmas Trees
    • Completion Equipment
    • Smart Wells

    Module 3: Sites, Derricks and Masts


    • The Site
    • Onshore Sites
    • The Rig
    • Derricks and Masts
    • Power Requirements
    • Safety and Inspection

    Module 4: Rotary & Hoisting Equipment


    • Rotary Equipment
    • Hoisting Equipment
    • Wire Ropes
    • The Block Line

    Module 5: Well Fluid Systems


    • The Main Rig Pumps
    • Centrifugal Pumps
    • Well Fluid Processing

    Module 6: Rig Instrumentation


    • Instruments for Drilling Parameters
    • Recorders and Data Acquisition Systems
    • Flow Detection
    • Gas Detection

    Module 7: Fluids Technology


    • General
    • Density and Pressure Gradients
    • Rheology
    • Hydraulics
    • Solids Control and Waste Management
    • Lost Circulation
    • Well Control
    • Drill-in, Completion and Well Intervention Fluids
    • Health, Safety and the Environment

    Module 8: Cement technology


    • Cement – the Product
    • Cement Hydration
    • Cement Types and Additives
    • Gas Well Cementing
    • Deep-Water Cementing
    • Cement Testing
    • Cement Placing

    Module 9: Bits ‐ the basics


    • Introduction
    • Drill Bit Selection
    • Roller Cone Bits
    • PDC Drill Bits

    Module 10: The Drill String


    • Drill Pipe
    • Drill Collars
    • Other Drill String Components
    • Drill String Design
    • Prevention of Drill String Failures
    • Care of the Drill String
    • Advanced Drill String Loading Topics
    • Calculation Examples

    Module 11: Bits and Coreheads


    • Diamond Impregnated and Natural Diamond Drill Bits
    • Reaming While Drilling
    • Drilling Dynamics
    • Coring
    • Percussion Drilling
    • Drill Bit Operating Guidelines

    Module 12: Drilling Hydraulics


    • The Hydraulic Parameters
    • Evaluation of the Parasitic Pressure Losses
    • Operating Limits
    • Optimum Bit Hydraulics
    • Reduced Drilling Hydraulics
    • Advanced Flow Calculations

    Module 13: Casing and Cementing


    • Preparations for Cementing
    • Preparation of the Casing, Accessories and Running Tools
    • Preparing the Rig
    • Preparing the Hole
    • Running the Casing
    • Cement Mixing
    • Special Primary Cementing
    • Secondary Cementing
    • The Evaluation of Cementing Operations
    • Surface Cementing Equipment
    • Subsurface Equipment
    • Casing Running Equipment

    Module 14: Drilling Fluids


    • Hole Cleaning
    • Borehole Stability
    • Clay Chemistry
    • Inhibition
    • Invert Oil Emulsion Systems
    • Contaminants
    • Drilling Fluids Quality Control
    • Drilling Problems Related to Drilling Fluids
    • Cementing-Drilling Fluid Issues

    Module 15: Geology for Well Engineers


    • Wellsite Geology
    • Operations Geology

    Module 16: Petrophysics for Well Engineers


    • Introduction to Petrophysics
    • Basic Formation Evaluation
    • Logging Operations
    • HSE in Logging Operations

    Module 17: Well Control - Principles and Practices


    • Introduction
    • Fluids, Pressure & Gradients
    • Formation Pressure and Temperatures
    • Primary Well Control
    • Formation Strength
    • Barriers
    • Secondary Well Control
    • Alternative Killing Methods
    • Deviated Wells and Tapered Strings
    • Advanced Gas Calculations
    • Worked Examples

    Module 18: Completion Operations


    • Cased Hole Clean-Up
    • Sub-Assemblies & Completion Components
    • Tubing
    • Running the Completions
    • Landing & Testing the Completion
    • Corrosion Resistant Alloy Completion
    • Dual Completions
    • Well Handover

    Module 19: Production Operations


    • Production Process

    Module 20: Well Control Equipment


    • General
    • The Well Killing System
    • BOP Stack Equipment
    • Hydraulic BOP Operating Units
    • Additional Well Control Equipment
    • Testing Casing, Wellhead and Well Control Equipment
    • Installation Requirements for Wellhead & BOP Equipment

    Module 21: Operating Costs


    • Cost Elements
    • Cost Estimates and Cost Reporting
    • Budgets

    Module 22: Expandables


    • Introduction to Expandables
    • Expandable tubing and casing
  • The objectives and modules of the training course “Well Engineering Training Course, Stage 1” are directly linked to the Competence Assurance Programme (CAP) as developed by SOGOS Academy. Skills are selected from the SOGOS Academy skills library and these are translated into the training course curriculum. This approach ensures that each training event will demonstrable contribute to the competence of course participants.

    The management framework CAP ensures competence of all employees through:

    • the use of a unique set of skills standard to the oil & gas industry
    • a common language for skills and competence
    • the use of development/job profiles for each employee
    • fit-for-purpose training targets
    • a control mechanism to measure state of competence
  • About the trainer
    The trainer is a senior well/drilling expert with broad expert knowledge in the fields of:

    • Drilling operations, techniques and equipment
    • Well Design
    • Well construction materials such as wellheads, casing, etc
    • Managing oil and gas well operations.

    In this course the trainer principal functions are:

    • Deliver presentations
    • Provide Support & Guidance
    • Review & Assess “Homework”
    • Prepare & Assess Exams

    Drilling / Well Engineering

    Years of experience:

  • For more information about this training, please send an email. If you need immediate assistance, please contact by phone.