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Energy 503
Specialized Drilling

Energy 503: Specialized Drilling

Course Description

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

As "easy oil" becomes scarcer, companies are broadening their search for oil and gas to more challenging locations. This course describes two types of specialized drilling: extreme drilling and offshore drilling. The three most common types of extreme drilling are Arctic drilling, high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) drilling, and helicopter-assisted drilling. Both extreme drilling and offshore drilling pose unique challenges that must be overcome.

Recommended prerequisites include:

  • Energy 501: Drilling Basics
  • Energy 502: Advanced Technology in Drilling
  • Objective

    After taking this course, you will be able to identify some of the specialized drilling scenarios companies face in their expanded search for oil and natural gas, including Arctic drilling, high-pressure high-temperature drilling, helicopter-assisted drilling, and offshore drilling.

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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