Petroleum Engineering for Non-engineers


This course is designed to provide non-engineering petroleum industry technical professionals with a thorough overview of most key aspects of petroleum engineering technology and its applications. The course addresses engineering issues ranging from initial involvement with explorationists, reserves evaluation and field development, production optimization, and all the aspects of well drilling. The sessions will focus on relevant and practical issues; including real case studies.




  • Learn the roles of integrated professional disciplines to generate development plans
  • Understand the industry value chain ; upstream, midstream, and down stream
  • Understand that the operations of well drilling and completion
  • Get familiar with production problems and the remedial methods
  • Know the elements of field development
  • Understand how geoscientists determine the hydrocarbon reserves


March 11-13, 2024


This course is aimed non-engineering professionals involved in the oil industry and also for junior exploitation engineers/technologists, and geologists.

Daily Agenda:

Day 1:

  • Overview of the roles of petroleum engineers and geoscientists
  • Petroleum geology
  • Main elements of petroleum reservoirs and trap types
  • Description of rock properties; porosity and permeability
  • Hydrocarbon classifications and characterization

Day 2:

  • Drilling components; surface and downhole
  • Benefits of drilling fluids and characteristics
  • Rotary vs sliding drilling
  • Drilling operations/problems
  • Well completion techniques; open hole versus cased hole
  • Horizontal well drilling

Day 3:

  • Reservoir drives and impact of performance
  • Reserves classifications
  • Field development
  • Enhanced oil recovery methods
  • Unconventional reservoirs
  • Economic evaluation

Mr. Saad Ibrahim
P. Eng, president of Petro Management Group Ltd.

He has over 35 years of diversified experience in the oil and gas Industry and known as a worldwide highly recognized engineering consultant and a distinguished instructor.

He also completed a post- graduate program with the University of Calgary in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. The focus of Mr. Ibrahim’s experience lies in the area of Reservoir management, and well test planning/analysis. Mr. Ibrahim is a member of APEGA and SPE.