Oilfield Terminology

Are you a person who is drowning in a sea of terms you don’t understand? Have you seen the terms “BOP”, “WOC”, and “bump plug”, but have no idea what these processes looks like, or even what these abbreviations mean? The Oil and Gas Industry has a set of terms that are very unique. If you don’t work in the field on a consistent basis, many of these will be virtually impossible to decipher.


This course is designed to not only define what these terms are, but what the actual processes look like; utilizing discussion, actual pictures and examples.  The course will be structured such that an imaginary well will be drilled, completed and placed on production over the 2-day seminar; while along the way, explaining basic oilfield procedures, and their associated terms. Over 100 of the most common terms will be discussed, as well as viewing actual pictures of many of them. A glossary will also be handed out containing many more terms that we won’t have time to touch upon.


While open to anyone, the course is designed with the non-technical, non-field, person in mind. It would be perfect for Assistants, Engineering/Geological/Land Techs, Accountants and spouses of Oilfield employees.

J. T. (Tommy) Lent, Jr., obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1975. He began his career with El Paso Exploration Company (later Meridian Oil/Burlington Resources) in Midland, Texas. He also worked with Parker & Parsley (now Pioneer) and Graham Resources Ltd. His positions have ranged from various production and drilling capacities, Regional Production Manager and Reservoir Engineering Manager. He is currently Executive VP, as well as a partner, of CrownQuest Operating, LLC of Midland, Texas. CrownQuest is an independent drilling and producing oil and gas company, operating about 700 wells, with field offices in Farmington, New Mexico and Coahoma, Texas in addition to the corporate office in Midland. He has had various industry experiences split between operations and reservoir/investment evaluation.

He has been a registered Professional Engineer within the State of Texas since 1982 and a member of the Society of Petroleum engineers since 1972. Mr. Lent is a third generation oilman (his father was a geologist in the Permian Basin since 1950 and his grandfather a geologist in south Louisiana beginning in 1925). Tommy has built and maintained significant relationships and contacts throughout the Permian Basin, Gulf Coast, and South Louisiana areas.


This course will prove useful for those who work within the Oil & Gas industry, but not directly in operations. The two-fold outcome will be: (1) see and understand oilfield terminology and (2) since these terms will be defined while drilling and completing an imaginary well, a general “Operations 101” understanding will also be achieved. Those working with Daily Reports will find this course especially useful.



Participants will gain an understanding of over 100 oilfield terms and processes.

Knowledge will be achieved by discussing and defining terms throughout the drilling and completion of an imaginary well.

Most terms will be discussed through three means:Verbal definition, actual pictures of the equipment/term being discussed, video clips of certain processes, a written Glossary of terms will be handed out

Operations 101

Because the course format will be the chronological procession of the basic operations of an imaginary well, participants will gain an understanding of basic oilfield operations in the following areas: Leasing, Drilling, Completion, Production.

G083133Q Mar 18 - 19 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tue,Wed  $430.00
($455.00 out-of-state)
Registered: 37 14.0 Hours

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