Educating the 22nd century oil patch

Lloyd R. Heinze

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Life long learning doesn't stop with the high school or college diploma. In the high tech fast paced petroleum industry training is a must. Traditionally research organizations within operating, service and supply companies have been the primary source of this continuing education process. There are numerous outstanding alternatives for updating ones skills. The petroleum service, supply and education sectors have committed training resources to fill the gap left by operators. Enhancements to this education process acknowledge that individuals learn best by incorporating all senses - hearing, sight, sound, touch, and smell when ever possible. The use of computer and web-based training allows users to go at their own pace. As the aging workforce (currently 49+ years) leaves, more training will be demanded to supplement the lost experience. This paper will survey currently available petroleum sources of learning and by three examples project future directions of this vital sector of the industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-476
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the Annual Southwestern Petroleum Short Course
StatePublished - 2003
EventProceedings of the Fiftieth Annual Southwestern Petroleum Short Course - Lubbock, TX, United States
Duration: Apr 16 2003Apr 17 2003


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