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Oilfield 101 Water Processing & Recycling
A 4 to 16-hour overview of operations
that can be tailored to client needs.
Scheduled classes or custom classes.
Online training or live classes.
Approved by Colorado OPCO for licensed operators.
Classes start from $30!
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Fracturing 101 Wellbore Integrity
Fracturing basics and beyond.
Fluids & proppant, operations,
& more. Click for details.
One day backgrounder. How to ensure integrity.
Hole problems, casing & cement.
Evaluation & repairs. Regulations.
More info on Fracking More info on Wellbore Class
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Instructor Bio

I began my career by getting a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1993. I took a job cementing, acidizing and fracturing wells with Schlumberger in Worland, Wyoming, and have since worked in California, North Dakota, and the Rocky Mountain area in both subsurface and facilities engineering for Texaco, Aera Energy and Berry Petroleum. I have worked for the consulting firms TJ Cross, Ken Small, and Processes Unlimited, and more recently for the civil firm Quality Engineering in Fort Collins, Colorado. I am licensed as a mechanical engineer in Wyoming and Colorado, and currently consult from LaSalle, Colorado.

Increase your Marketability!

In today's world, we find that we need training for a range of individuals. While in the past, we thought of "oilfield training" in terms of primarily "engineers and geologists," today we find that we need to incorporate additional disciplines. Key groups include risk management professionals, legal specialists, regulatory personnel, financial and joint venture professionals, suppliers and individuals transitioning from other industries. Field personnel seeking to increase their opportunities find the courses useful as a gap-filler.

Who Are These Classes For?

It is a challenge to find training that is appropriate for non-engineering professionals. Many courses are designed for engineers, and while the level of the training is correct, the subject matter is too specialized. The non-engineer is forced to first learn the material, then adapt it to their needs. Typical audiences consist of professionals such as insurance underwriters, attorneys, regulatory agency employees, landmen, data management professionals, and groundwater remediation professionals. Entry level engineers, geologists, and technicians can benefit as well.

I'm constantly talking to Subject Matter Experts and taking training myself, for example, a course from COPAS (Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies) on Joint Interest Accounting, or attending meetings on water resources.  I won't teach a course on accounting, but I'll be better able to understand the accountant's point of view.  

Is This an "Echo Chamber Session"?

We recognize that oil and gas is an essential industry, and we also recognize that things can go wrong. There is a need for training that is neither a "rose-colored-glasses" view, nor an attempt to depict the industry as villains. I am a straight shooter whose intention is to help people working in the industry to recognize and manage risk.

What could be done better?  Here's an example:  some states are "OSHA states" and some aren't.  Those that aren't rely on the federal OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) for enforcement of worker safety.  The federal OSHA can't be everywhere, and doesn't have enough funding.  In my opinion, a state should consider worker safety important enough to fund a state OSHA agency.