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Petroleum Engineering & Petroleum Downstream Marketing

Tim Laughlin, P.E.

Course Outline

The author has attempted to explain the relationship between upstream petroleum production-refining and downstream petroleum marketing.

With the recent media focuses on production and supply scenarios and political turmoil in many oil producing nations, the engineer engaged in consultation to the petroleum industry should have a basic background on the petroleum exploration, production, supply/demand and logistics.

The simplest version of finding crude oil (exploration) transferring crude oil to refineries (production & refining) and finally ending up in our autos (downstream marketing) will be the focused of this course.

Petroleum products help the United States achieve one the highest standards of living in the world.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for geologist, civil, environmental, petroleum and mechanical engineers.

Benefit to Attendees

Attendee of this course will be more informed on the complex world of petroleum energy.

Course Content

The course content is in a PDF file (2.8 MB) Petroleum Engineering & Petroleum Downstream Marketing . You need to open or download this document to study this course.

Course Summary

This course only offers a brief outline of the upstream petroleum industry and the downstream petroleum marketeering to commercial and public interests.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.