Course Content – Basics of Petroleum Refining for Non-technical Personnel

Course Content – Basics of Petroleum Refining for Non-technical Personnel



The student will be taught the purpose for refining and how refinery units fit together to achieve the business requirements. Units will be discussed, and product specifications and pooling will be introduced.

1. How does a refinery fit into our overall business?
2. Our business is:
  • Finding crude and gas
  • Transporting crude to the refinery
  • Converting crude into valuable products (REFINING!)
  • Moving and marketing the products
3. This module will introduce you to:
  • How a Refinery converts crude (and other feedstocks) into products
  • What goes into the Refinery (crude and other feedstocks)
  • What comes out of the Refinery (products)
4. The units inside of the Refinery which are used to create the products
5. Reminder of Potential Refinery Hazards
6. The Refining Process
  • Understanding Crude
  • Refinery Products and Specfications
7. Types of Refineries
  • The Four Basic Refining Processes
  • Typical Refining Units
  • Balancing the Refinery
  • Product Realization of Refinery Types
Who Should Attend:

This program has been designed for non-technical personnel assigned to positions in petroleum refineries, corporate offices, and supplier companies. The content of the program is based upon the assumption that those in attendance do not have a formal education in engineering and chemistry and do not work in highly technical environments. Attendance at this course will be beneficial to support personnel such as environmental professionals, accountants, business managers, administrative and legal staff, sales and marketing personnel, insurance representatives, personnel managers, financial professionals, and government officials. The program should also be useful for newly-hired refinery plant operators. Finally, the course may serve as preparation for those who do not have a technical background but who want to attend the more detailed “Introduction to Petroleum Refining Processing” program offered by Refining Process Services.

Michael Bober
Michael (Mike) Bober Mr. Bober holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He served as a Process Engineer, Project Developer, Economist, and Manager at Exxon’s Bayway Refinery for twelve years. He then joined Mobil Research and Development as an FCC Specialist. He managed technical training for Engineering, worldwide, until Exxon and Mobil merged in 2000. At this point, he managed worldwide technical training for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering and then retired from managing the Technical Portfolio for ExxonMobil’s Global Manufacturing Training initiative – with a combined service of 37 years to the two companies.

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Schedule Date Time PDH Platform/Venue Cost Register
Spring May 16 – 17 , 2022 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Central Time (UTC -6)
8 hrs. GoToTraining (Virtual) US$895
Fall October 24, 2022 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Central Time (UTC -6)
8 hrs. GoToTraining (Virtual)
Hyatt Regency Hotel Houston Intercontinental Airport, Houston, TX (In-person)

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