We Don’t Recruit Technicians. We Create Them.
QED operates under the fundamental principle that to be a great Engineering Technician, one must possess a good understanding of basic mathematics and logic. We offer courses geared toward the Engineer and provide the industry’s leading continuing education courses for the Engineering Technicians.
QED recommends the following continuing education courses for the Engineering Technician program.
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Are you new to the upstream petroleum industry? Need to understand the language to get up
the learning curve quickly? QED 101 is a one-day overview of industry terms and an introduction to reserves and economics. This course covers the basics of safety, geology, drilling, completions, and reserves estimation. Each participant is given a full glossary of terms and performs interactive exercises to reinforce concepts. Click here for availability.
Knowing how to anticipate your engineer’s needs is an art practiced by all great technicians. This course equips trainees with practical advice and skills that can be immediately implemented to add value to an engineer’s workflow. This course also addresses many instances of general workplace professionalism, so that technicians can be more self sufficient. Click here for availability.
This course gives participants an appreciation of the A&D side of the petroleum industry. The structure of data and an overview of data rooms allows for deeper understanding for those geoscience technicians that are involved in Business Development. Click here for availability.
This is a 1-day course comprised of interactive exercises to allow for dynamic learning and to accommodate different learning styles. This course builds upon the concepts introduced in the QED 101 course and also delves into: history of production, land ownership and interests, an introduction to drilling, production, field processing, and operations & work-overs. Click here for availability.
This 1-day class teaches you how to utilize basic and advanced functions to manipulate typical oil and gas industry data. Unlike other Excel courses, we use real oil and gas data and standard formats. This course allows for a new view of Excel and the power in its functions. Click here for availability.
This 1-day course provides an overview of pivot tables, macros, subtotals, V-lookups, etc. leveraging typical oil and gas industry data to perform analysis and draw conclusions. From simple tasks like finding top operators or reservoirs in an area, to complex tasks like converting lease operating statements from text, this class uses real oil and gas industry data and introduces you to the world of large scale data manipulation. Click here for availability.
This builds upon the Basic PowerPoint class and includes topics such as: Using a Template, Inserting an Excel Table, Adding Effects, Legends and Labels, Inserting a SmartArt Graphic from a Slide, Changing Diagram Types and Design Schemes, Adding a Text Box, Inserting ClipArt, Updating a Photo Album, Insert Movie from the Clip Organizer or File, Sound Tools, and Add and Draw Motion Paths. Click here for availability.
This course teaches students the advanced features of PowerPoint. Students will learn how to add multimedia to their presentations, and how to edit their video and audio files from within PowerPoint; how to set up and use slide masters; how to review presentations using comment and comparison tools; and finally, students will learn how to set up monitors, rehearse timing, create custom shows, as well as record, broadcast, and create video from their slide shows. Leaving practically no feature unexplored, users will be able to create and present dynamic presentations. Click here for availability.
This 2-day course is a comprehensive overview of relational databases within Microsoft Access. DBMS are discussed along with database structure and design. Topics covered include tables, linking tables, queries, forms, and reports. Industry specific examples are utilized to understand large scale data manipulation in commonly used proprietary software. Click here for availability.
This 2-day course requires Excel Wizardry and Access for the Petro-Technical as a pre-requisite. This class will cover analytical and statistical formulas, conditional formatting, and automating routine processes within the petro-technical role. Discussion regarding servers and database systems will be discussed with reference made to common industry tools. A tool kit of basic macros will be provided for individual use at the successful completion of the course. Click here for availability.
Type curves, IP analysis, and stack plots. This course reviews how to craft meaningful analysis from production data. There is a discussion of how to ensure data integrity and how each analysis can be utilized. Finding value in the data is a tremendous resource, and QED trains how to think and manipulate data to find that value. Click here for availability.
A great technician should be proactive. In addition, a great technician should be able to give an engineer an idea of the type of product that they can provide (and a time estimate) before they start each task. In this course and workshop, class participants will learn how to prepare and present a menu of their services. This increases efficiency and encourages a technician to learn and document each engineer’s individual preferences. This is a three day course. Click here for availability.
This course covers the basics on interpreting a company’s annual form 10-K. This interactive, hands on course will take you through the balance sheet and income statements of key industry players and how to data mine important information for peer analysis. Call 832.581.3758 for availability.
Basic decline curve analysis and economic parameter estimation are skills that a skilled technician can use to take significant workloads off of an engineer. In this course, learn how to leverage skills built in previous courses to make a reserves estimation model with little to no time needed from an engineer and learn to document all assumptions in standard templates for quick engineering reviews. Click here for availability.
Lots of commercial software products exist, and they all work similarly, but if you don’t understand the basics of “as of dates” and “economic limits” then no training are worthwhile. What is a BTU factor and how does shrinkage work? What is a NYMEX strip and why do we use price differentials? This course starts with the basics of modeling parameters and the thinking piece behind setting up a reserves evaluation database. Each classmate is given a check-list of common errors found on cash flow statements, and everyone walks out knowing how to generate proper cash flow statements and one-line reports from commercial software. This is a 2-day course. Click here for availability.