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Two-Day Course: Introduction to Oil and Gas Industry

1/16/2015 1:33:37 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

For those who are newcomers to the oil and gas industry, or for people who interact with others in the industry, New Mexico Junior College is offering a two-day introductory course about the oil and gas industry February 10 and 11, from 8:00am to 5:00pm, at NMJC’s Training and Outreach Center, 4000 West Millen Drive in Hobbs.

The course will provide the fundamentals of the oil and gas industry.  Attendees will learn about the history of the industry; what the job titles, roles and responsibilities mean; the terminology used; petroleum geology and how oil and gas are found; the process of drilling and completing an oil well; how oil and gas are produced; gas processing and oil refining; the economics of the market; and discussion of current events in the oil and gas business.

“This course is the perfect solution for local businesses and people who want to understand what their customers do for a living,” says Kelly Tooker, Director of Oil and Gas Technology at NMJC. “It will be extremely valuable for non-technical personnel such as those working in customer service, human resources, finance, IT, lawyers and administrative personnel.  Even salespeople will find the program highly beneficial as they try to meet the needs of their clients in this industry.”

Tooker, who will be teaching the course, has worked in the oilfield industry for over 35 years.  He has held technical and managerial positions with oilfield service industry leaders including Schlumberger and Baker Hughes. His areas of technical expertise include oil-well completions; oil and gas mid-stream gathering, processing, and transportation; hydrocarbon processing waterside operation; and general oilfield knowledge. Tooker has a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University.  

The two-day course will cost $495, and will include a certificate of completion, a hard copy of the presentation, and lunch on both days.  Registration is available by calling 575-492-4703 or emailing Kelly Tooker at

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