Lease operator training curriculum

A question we often receive is how companies should structure the delivery of their training programs. Training departments do not want to overwhelm their students during day one orientation with content too complex, yet they also need to ensure that employees have the necessary knowledge execute on their roles efficiently.

Our customers appreciate the breadth and depth of our content across various field operations, but still need to make sure it is delivered in a logical and progressive manner. This led us to develop a lease operator training curriculum that increases in difficulty and aligns with the competencies operators need as they advance through their careers.

Over the years we have worked with our customers to refine this curriculum and have deployed it across several basins. Here we detail the training curriculum's overall framework, content, and typical results we see once it is deployed. 

Progression Curriculum

What makes an effective curriculum? 

An effective curriculum is one that targets specific responsibilities and gradually increases in difficulty. Our standard lease operator training curriculum is a multi-level progression that allows operators to experience increasingly complex field operations topics that align directly with their responsibilities as they gain experience. Below we provide the overall framework for each level of our training program.
We have worked with thousands of field operators with different experience levels to curate the content within our curriculum. We've listened to feedback across basins to ensure the program complements an operator's typical career progression and responsibilities as they advance in their careers. Below is a more detailed overview of the types of content users experience in each level of our training framework.

Level 1 - 4 Lease Operator Training Curriculum

Level 1

Focuses on production basics and surface equipment, with general overviews of common artificial lift types.

Level 1 training aims to help operators with no prior knowledge safely maintain production and also troubleshoot basic issues in the field.
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Level 2

The next level is designed to equip operators to effectively troubleshoot issues at the surface.

This is achieved by understanding the root cause of common surface issues, gas and liquid measurement device operations, and a more holistic understanding of common lift types like rod pumps, gas lift, plunger lift, and ESPs.

Level 3

Level 3 builds on the prior modules to target more detailed subsurface troubleshooting and bringing on new wells.

This level includes downhole card interpretation, common issues with plunger lift, and typical gas lift troubleshooting scenarios. The user also receives content on additional higher level field ops, such as flowback, facility commissioning, and pipeline operations.
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Level 4

Level 4 covers typical special projects that a more senior technician or assistant foreman may be responsible for managing. 

This training is to support senior field employees as they move into handling chemical programs, deal with corrosion issues, and work with 3rd party takeaway providers at SWDs, compressor stations, and oil gathering facilities. 
The statistics provide a glimpse into the effects training can have in closing knowledge gaps across a field ops workforce. Our operators averaged 91% scores during-course assessments compared to a 65% before they took the level 1-4 progression curriculum. Our 26% increase is well reflected across all 4 levels. 
Even experienced operators have room to grow. We have brand new operators as well as experienced employees complete our pre-course assessments and consistently see dramatic improvements once they complete our trainings. This is reflected in the high average test scores our users have achieved by simply going through the various modules even after performing their previous in-house training. 
We understand that test scores do not mean everything, but we consistently see the same knowledge gaps across organizations. The most effective way to utilize our framework is to integrate the curriculum with a a holistic training program. The addition of our 3D digital twins, HSE training, and some instructor-led courses are all important aspects to ensure operators have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.

We have seen this model work across our customer base and continue to refine our programs to further our customers' goals of keeping workers safe, improving operational efficiency, and lowering training costs.

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