Professional Certificate of Competency in Fundamental E&I Engineering for Oil & Gas Facilities

Course Overview


This professional development course is designed for engineers and technicians who need to update their skills and knowledge in the latest electrical and instrumentation technologies, as applied to the oil and gas industry.

At a glance

  • 3 Months
Study Mode
  • Online
  • Online
12 September 2022
Course Type
  • Professional Certificate
  • Electrical Engineering

Course Details

This course will focus on delivering the practical knowledge required for electrical and instrumentation (E&I) technicians, technologists, and engineers in the oil and gas industry.

There is now an increasing need for higher technology methods of obtaining and processing oil and gas as it is a finite declining resource. As a result, the technical challenges of extracting oil and gas are becoming ever more demanding, with an increasing emphasis on more marginal fields and previously inaccessible zones such as deep oceans, Polar regions, Falkland Islands and Greenland.

During this course, we will cover a whole spectrum of activities ranging from basic electrical and instrumentation engineering, through to advanced practice in hazardous areas and data communications.

We will also take an in-depth look at a vast array of electrical and instrumentation 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.

While this course will cover the necessary theory, it is used in a practical context, giving you the tools required to ensure that the electrical and instrumentation hardware is delivering the results intended.

The course is composed of 12 modules, covering critical skills and knowledge in the latest electrical and instrumentation technologies, as applied to the oil and gas industry. It will also teach you the key techniques in operating a facility to the highest level of safety and in protecting the environment.

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
  • Feedforward, 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

To obtain a certificate of completion for EIT’s Professional Certificate of Competency, students must achieve a 65% attendance rate at the live, online fortnightly webinars.  Detailed summaries/notes can be submitted in lieu of attendance.  In addition, students must obtain a mark of 60% in the set assignments which could take the form of written assignments and practical assignments. Students must also obtain a mark of 100% in quizzes.  If a student does not achieve the required score, they will be given an opportunity to resubmit the assignment to obtain the required score.

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John Piperides is a professional electrical engineer with over 25 years of experience in industrial maintenance, production, management, sales, and improvement.

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You are expected to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week learning the course content. This includes attending fortnightly webinars that run for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This professional development program is delivered online and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.

Registrations are open for our upcoming intakes. Please ensure you book your place at least one week before the start date of the program.

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Hear from our students

  As a Structural Engineer in the Oil and Gas Industry I had a lot to learn. The course content/material was easy to read and understand. Very well presented.  
  The course gave a broad overview of the industry which were very informative and it makes me want to take that next step in my career.  
  Good overall knowledge; webinar slides were good to understand.  

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