On May 14, President Obama announced a series of initiatives the administration plans to implement in order to boost U.S. domestic oil production. The proposal includes extending or expediting drilling leases in public lands and waters, including areas where the 2010 BP oil spill disaster prompted a suspension of production pending regulatory review of drilling permits.
The announcement is in part a response to both public indignation over a spike in fuel prices that are linked to political unrest in the Middle East and debate in the Congress over the extension of subsidies and the safety of providing off-shore drilling permits to oil companies. As the policy debate continues, the College of Professional and Continuing Education (PACS) is engaged in educating the oil industry experts who will take part in that conversation.
Each year the Center for Business and Economic Development provides engineering and geosciences curriculum designed to help petroleum engineering professionals gain the knowledge and skills to further their careers.
“The Center for Business and Economic Development offers superior training from the best experts in the oil and gas industry,” said Betty Kettman, program administrator for the Center.
That expert training includes the Blowout Prevention Course, which is accredited by the International Association of Drilling Contractors. Designed for oil rig support personnel, drillers and drilling supervisors, the course consists of eight classroom simulators that recreate the drilling process, providing students with proficiency in regulating mechanical pressure during drilling procedures.
Additionally, the Corrosion Control Course trains students how to maintain the structural integrity of pipes that relay and deliver oil and gas. This three-day course ends with an examination that grants certification, helping corrosion control professionals to meet Department of Transportation mandated operator qualification requirements.
There is also the Laurance Reid Gas Conditioning Conference, which provides a forum where engineers present research papers on developments in industry technology and practices. Each program offered through the Center for Business and Economic Development engineering and geosciences curriculum is the result of years of development – with the Corrosion Control Course, Blowout Prevention Course, Laurance Reid Conference and Gas Compression Conference offered for the 58th, 25th, 62nd and 55th year, respectively. It is a record that provides oil and gas companies and workers the assurance of expertise backed by quality training and certification programs.