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Energy 501
Drilling Basics

Energy 501: Drilling Basics

Course Description

This course is the first in a series of courses about drilling for hydrocarbons.

This course provides an overview of drilling for oil and natural gas, including an explanation of the drilling process, a description of the types of wells, and a discussion about factors that influence the cost of drilling a well. It also describes the components of a drill rig, including the drill bit and the drill string. Additionally, the course provides information about the process of casing and cementing, and the purpose of drilling fluid (mud).


After taking this course, you will be able to describe the drilling process and the different types of wells, identify the components of a drill rig, and outline methods drillers use to control the well, including the use of drilling mud.

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This course has these features and more.

  • Multimedia
  • Narration
  • Interactivity
  • Easy navigation
  • Supplementary material
  • Real-world scenarios
  • Objective-based exam


In order to successfully complete this course, you must meet the following requirements.

  • Complete the required laboratory exercise.
  • Successfully complete the lesson exam.
  • Complete the end-of-course survey.

Approximate Course Length

30 minutes