There is a growing shortage, and hence opportunity, for Electrical and Instrumentation (E&I) technicians, technologists and engineers in the oil and gas industry. This is due to an increasing need for higher technology methods of obtaining and processing oil and gas as it is a finite declining resource. The price of oil is heading upwards steadily, thus making personnel and their associated oil and gas expertise in these industries even more valuable. The technical challenges of extracting oil and gas are becoming ever more demanding, with increasing emphasis on more marginal fields and previously inaccessible zones such as deep oceans, Polar regions, Falkland Islands and Greenland. The aim for this program is to provide you with core E&I engineering skills to enhance your career, and to benefit your firm.

This program provides a whole spectrum of activities ranging from basic E&I engineering through to advanced practice in hazardous areas and data communications. It will take an in-depth look at a vast array of E&I equipment used in an oil and gas environment as well as examples of practical treatment of electrical power systems and instrumentation within the oil, gas, petrochemical and offshore industries. Whilst there is some theory included, it is used in a practical context, giving you the necessary tools to ensure that the E&I hardware is delivering the results intended.


  • Skills and competencies in electrical and instrumentation (E&I) oil and gas engineering
  • Knowledge of the latest technologies in E&I oil and gas engineering
  • Key techniques in operating a facility to the highest level of safety and in protecting the environment
  • Plus much more!

Course Outline

MODULE 1: Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering

  • Power systems
  • Power generation

MODULE 2: Fundamentals of Process Control Engineering

  • Instrumentation, measurement
  • Process measurement

MODULE 3: General Instrumentation Standards in Oil and Gas

  • Engineering standards, PID, electrical schematics
  • Calibration and errors

MODULE 4: Process Instrumentation

  • Flow
  • Pressure
  • Temperature

MODULE 5: Process Control Basics

  • Loop control
  • Feed forward, feedback, cascading
  • Control valves sizing, selection and maintenance (including pressure relief valves)

MODULE 6: Automated Control

  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
  • SCADA systems

MODULE 7: Remote Control

  • Distributed control systems
  • Industrial data communications (including Fieldbus and industrial Ethernet)

MODULE 8: Safety Instrumentation and Emergency Shutdown Systems for Oil and Gas

  • IEC 61511 and IEC 61508
  • Basic introduction to SIS

MODULE 9: Oil + Gas Control Systems – Wellhead

  • Wellhead and flowline control – control systems
  • Emergency wellhead blowout controls

MODULE 10: Oil + Gas Control Systems - Pipeline

  • Compressor control (including surge control)
  • Drilling control systems and instrumentation

MODULE 11: Oil + Gas Power Systems

  • Power generation
  • Cathodic protection

MODULE 12: Oil Gas Protection Systems

  • Subsea instrumentation and control systems
  • Pig launcher/receiver systems
  • Critical flare knock out drum controls and instrumentation
  • Flare flame front generator and ignition monitoring system

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