Drilling Technology & Operations


  2. A. Course Title: Drilling Technology & Operations
    B. Course Number: ENGT 123 - 10513
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Mbroh, Duke
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: I do not keep regular office hours, but you may use Canvas to correspond with me. You may visit the Adjunct Faculty Office HH108C by appointment.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): ENGT113 or Approval from Program Director
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    3 credit Hours This course introduces students to land and offshore well drilling practices and procedures involved in complex drilling operations. Topics covered will include rig equipment, casing design, fishing, and proper procedures to successfully drill a well.


    This is a drilling technology and operations course that will fulfill the requirements for the Energy Technology Degree at New Mexico Junior College. Transferability is based on target institution.



    Materials provided by instructor.

    Lecture Notes, SPE Papers, Worked Examples & Videos.



    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Assignments 30%
    Tests 30%
    Final Exam 40% (LockDown Browser and Monitor Required)

    Using LockDown Browser and a Webcam for the Final Exam

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    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    The objectives for students in this course is to:
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the various aspects of Drilling Technology & Operations
    2. Understand Land & Offshore Well Drilling Practices & Procedures involved in Complex Drilling Operations
    3. Introduce students to Rig Equipment, Casing Design & Completions, Directional Drilling Basics, and Drilling Problems & Well Control.


    By the end of this course students should be able to explain:

    Module 1: The History of Drilling
    Module 2: Types of Drilling Rigs
    Module 3: Rig Crew and Mineral Ownership & Leasing
    Module 4: Drilling Fluids and Basic Casing Design & Completions
    Module 5: Basics of Directional Drilling
    Module 6: Drilling Problems & Well Control


    Student Requirements
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    Withdrawal Policy
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    This outline is tentative and subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

    Module 1

    Week 1: History of Drilling Technology & Operations
    • Drilling History
    • Drilling Terminology

    Module 2
    Week 2: Types of Drilling Rigs
    • Different Rig Types: Onshore & Offshore
    • Rig Systems
    • Rig Equipment Orientation

    Module 3
    Week 3: Rig Crew Familiarization
    • Overview of Rig Crew
    • Mineral Ownership & Leasing

    Module 4
    Week 4: Casing Design & Completions
    • Basics of Drilling Fluid
    • Casing Design
    • Completion Operations: Cementing

    Module 5
    Week 5: Overview of Directional Drilling
    • Basics of Directional Drilling
    • Operational Considerations & Calculations

    Module 6
    Week 6: Well Control System
    • Drilling Problems
    • Well Control

    Module 7
    Week 7-8: Overview: Drilling Technology & Operations
    • Review for Final Exam

    Final Exam: March 9th