Shell Exploration and Production Europe (Shell EPE) provides in house learning modules as essential parts of the training and competence development of relevant engineering staff.

This proficient internal development programme, the Wells Distance Learning Package (WDLP) has at its core two specific areas of study material - Round I and Round II.

Following an academic agreement between Robert Gordon University and Shell, two courses have been created to link the completion of Shell's Learning Programmes to university degree awards. The courses take major elements of Round II of the WDLP and represent these modules at Masters level. In addition to recognising the educational status of experienced technical staff, the courses allow members of staff to progress further within Shell – locally and internationally. Both courses are accredited by the Energy Institute for further learning for CEng.John Watson - Shell Corporate

"Competition for highly-skilled staff in the oil sector is a global issue and the University is increasingly being asked to develop a wide range of tailored courses, both technical and managerial, to meet the specific needs of companies from Venezuela to China."

Professor John Watson, Dean of Faculty, Design and Technology 

Shell Corporate Courses

The Shell Corporate Programme currently consists of two Master of Science courses.

These courses are accredited by the Energy Institute for Further Learning at Masters Level. Visit the Energy Institute web site for further information.

Energy Institute Accredited courses

MSc Well Design and Engineering

Shell Corporate Programme

MSc Well Design and Engineering

This is a part-time course (supported by distance learning) which is aimed at those in full time employment with Shell.

Aims of the Course

The course is focused on the planning, construction, project management and delivery of wells designed to facilitate the extraction of hydrocarbons. It provides a sound understanding of the scientific, engineering and management subjects relevant to selected areas of Well Design and Engineering.

It will develop, in the student, the ability to evaluate and synthesize at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) minimum knowledge depth for all specified skills and as a result will prove the ability expected of Well Design Engineering Masters professionals.

Course Structure

The taught element of the course comprises four specialised modules based on Shell's Wells Distance Learning Package (WDLP). The package has been developed by the Shell Global Learning Centre in the Netherlands and is distributed to candidates world-wide.

The taught element of the course will be delivered from the Shell Global Learning Centre to Shell operating units world-wide. Each candidate is assigned to a local, specialist mentor. Support is available on-line from the operating units and so the course is, effectively, delivered by a combination of part-time and distance learning.

The Project will be drawn from Shell's requirements and will be work-based. An academic supervisor will be appointed from amongst the staff of Shell and The School of Engineering.

It is expected that students will complete the course within three years.

Modules

Well Engineering (ENM250)
Aims to develop an understanding of well construction and well design concepts involved in drilling and application to modern drilling operations.

Drilling Well Control (ENM251)
Will allow students to develop a working knowledge of well control operations and to be able to use these principles in the planning and design of well control systems.

Casing Design (ENM252)
This module aims to develop an understanding of well engineering fundamentals in terms of issues relating to casing functions, design, considerations and factors affecting casing design in order to maximise safety, increase well life and reduce well cost.

Wells Project Management (ENM253)
Students will develop the principles and theories in managing well engineering and construction operations. Students will be able to use these principles in the design concepts involved in the modern drilling operations and well engineering.

Project for Master of Science (ENM001)
The Project aims to develop skills in the investigation and analysis of engineering problems and creativity in devising effective solutions through the detailed research of a selected topic. Students will analyse, plan, execute and critically review a major project based no a brief drawn from the context of the course. They will report in writing and orally on the work undertaken and the approach adopted. Both an academic supervisor and company supervisor will be assigned to the Project.

Completion of all stages will result in students being awarded the MSc Well Design and Engineering.

Further study is possible, following the completion of this qualification, to Engineering Doctorate (EngD).

MSc Completion and Well Intervention Engineering

Shell Corporate Programme

MSc Completion and Well Intervention Engineering

This is a part-time course (supported by distance learning) which is aimed at those in full time employment with Shell.

Aims of the Course

This course covers various technologies used to bring hydrocarbon from the formation to the surface and focuses on the operation and management of a previously drilled well and/or gas well for the purpose of restoring, maintaining or enhancing the production of the hydrocarbon.

The course covers all issues related to the effective operation of a well over its complete life, including management procedures of well completion and well intervention operations. Specifically the modules on completion design and well intervention operations are intended to ensure that students are fully up to date with the latest technological developments.

The course takes major elements from Round II of the Wells Distance Learning Package and represents these modules at Masters level. Combined with a Masters Project these modules will form an MSc degree in Completion and Well Intervention Engineering.

Course Structure

The taught element of the course comprises four specialised modules based on Shell's Wells Distance Learning Package (WDLP). The package has been developed by the Shell Global Learning Centre in the Netherlands and is distributed to candidates world-wide.

The taught element of the course will be delivered from the Shell Global Learning Centre to Shell operating units world-wide. Each candidate is assigned to a local, specialist mentor. Support is available on-line from the operation hub and so the course is, effectively, delivered by a combination of part-time and distance learning.

The Masters Project will be drawn from Shell's requirements and will be work-based. An academic supervisor will be appointed from amongst the staff of the School of Engineering while a company supervisor will be appointed from within Shell.

It is expected students will complete the course within three years.

Modules

Completion Design (ENM254)
Aims to develop an ability to formulate strategies and design solutions which address complex issues relating to well completion.

Well Intervention Well Control (ENM255)
Aims to develop an understanding of well intervention well control fundamentals and will enable students to use these principles in the planning and performing of any well services operation.

Well Intervention Operations (ENM256)
This module focuses on the engineering practices of well intervention operations. Students are expected to be able to adapt these practices to improve and optimise the performance of the wells and encourage a strategic approach to well intervention planning.

Completions Operations (ENM257)
Aims to provide an engineering practice of operations involved in well completion. Emphasis is placed on the planning of downhole well completion equipment and related operational processes needed for a specific application.

Project for Master of Science (ENM001)
The Project aims to develop skills in the investigation and analysis of engineering problems and creativity in devising effective solutions through the detailed research of a selected topic. Students will analyse, plan, execute and critically review a major project based on a brief drawn from the context of the course. They will report in writing and orally on the work undertaken and the approach adopted. Both an academic supervisor and company supervisor will be assigned to the Project.

Completion of all stages will result in a student being awarded the MSc Completion and Well Intervention Engineering.

Further study is possible, following the completion of this qualification, to Engineering Doctorate (EngD).

In addition, the Wells Distance Learning Package provides the opportunity for those Well Engineers who successfully completed the old version of Round II, discontinued in 2005.

Well Distance Learning Package - Prior to 2005

Shell Corporate Programme

Well Distance Learning Package - Prior to 2005

Old Style Round 2

There are a number of engineers within Shell who have successfully completed the old version of Round II which was discontinued in 2005. Whilst most of the competencies and learning outcomes for both versions of Round II are predominately the same, some significant differences were noted.

It is still possible, however, for these engineers to undertake the MSc in Well Design and Engineering. Candidates will be required to undertake a Bridging Module of the Wells Distance Learning Package (WDLP). This individual module was created to 'bridge' the learning gap between the old and new versions of the WDLP.

The Bridging Module will be completed in the same manner as the normal WDLP. On successful completion of the Yellow Pages, candidates will be awarded credit transfer on the remainder of the taught element and will be formally invited to enrol with the University in order to progress to the Project for Master of Science.

The Bridging Module in conjunction with a Masters Project will result in the award of MSc Well Design and Engineering.

Please note: only candidates who have received the old style Round II certificate may enter the MSc course via this route.

Should you wish to discuss the WDLP prior to 2005, please contact the Shell Well Engineering & Learning Advisor, details below:

Application for Admission

Only individuals currently employed by Shell will be eligible to apply to the Shell Corporate Programme. All individuals must seek approval from their Line Supervisor before an application can be made.

Candidates wishing to undertake a course must register via the Shell Open University (SOU). Once registered, candidates will be asked to contact Robert Gordon University. Further instruction will be provided by the Programme Administrator - see below.

Course Enquiries

For SHELL EMPLOYEES ONLY enquiries should be directed to:

John Evans
Shell Well Engineering & Learning Advisor
MSc Focal Point
http://www.shell.com/hr/business_hr/ui/wells/masters-programme.html

All other course enquiries should be directed to:

Roma Boulton
Programme Administrator
shelloffice@rgu.ac.uk