February 21, 2017
AUSTIN, Texas – Petroleum Extension (PETEX), part of The University of Texas at Austin’s TEXAS Extended Campus, and Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, have collaborated to offer a new, multifaceted approach to well control education that is designed to produce safer, more efficient operations.
The PETEX Performance Well Control program powered by Intertek has improved the traditional drilling well control curriculum by addressing on-the-job performance and providing more collaborative learning opportunities than existing classroom training sessions do.
The program was developed to add various human factor elements as a way to address the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) recommendations following the Macondo well control incident, as well as a noticeable shift in client needs for training that is relevant to today’s workers.
“The Performance Well Control program incorporates an excellent combination of technical training accomplished on simulators and dynamic classroom interactions,” said Coy Wilcox, director of PETEX. “We improved the quality of the delivery of the training, and course participants will walk away with extensive knowledge they did not have before.”
The course adopts a contemporary learning approach and is organized visually to emphasize how people perform their jobs every day. As is key when considering human factors, students work together to solve real problems they encounter in the workplace, and they focus on recognizing, interpreting and responding effectively to well control situations. This social context, with opportunities to share experiences and help one another, gives the course participants more control over their own learning.
The Performance Well Control training sessions are designed for many personnel levels within the oil and gas industry. Although numerous positions could benefit from attending well control training, the primary target student base includes assistant drillers, drillers, toolpushers, superintendents, drilling foremen, company men and engineers.
“Historically, in well control training courses, the emphasis has been placed solely on transferring information. However, teaching is not just about delivering information to students. It must also focus on the assurance that students have mastered the information being taught,” said Michael Arnold, general manager of consulting and training at Intertek. “With the Performance Well Control program, adult-learning theory, performance improvement and human factors are combined to meet the challenges of well control training in the 21st century.”
The Performance Well Control training sessions last four to five days depending on the level chosen. Classes are offered either as open scheduled sessions, or alternatively Intertek representatives will visit a site designated by a client company and deliver the training to the identified students. In addition, licensing options are now available to companies that want to deliver the Performance Well Control training themselves.
For more information about the Performance Well Control program, visit: petexwellcontrol.org.