Training Courses

Standard Training Classes

Standard training classes for OFITE customers are held at the OFITE facility in Houston, Texas. A $500 registration fee is required to reserve your spot in the class. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a certificate and the fee will be credited to your account for future purchases. Each class is led by an OFITE technician and lasts four days with seven hours of instruction each day.

Who Should Attend?

These classes are designed for end users of OFITE products, lab technicians, lab managers, mud engineers, R&D technologists, supply-chain personnel and other service company personnel.


The class will give an overview of the following topics, with demonstrations given by the instructor:

  • Assembly and Disassembly
  • Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Operation and Calibration

The standard training class covers the following equipment:

  • Model 800 Viscometer
  • Model 900 Viscometer
  • Hand‐Crank Rheometer
  • Retorts
  • Roller Ovens
  • Heat Cups
  • API Filter Presses
  • Heat Jackets
  • Pressuring Assemblies
  • Lubricity Tester
  • ES Meter
  • Mud Balances


  • September 11 - 14, 2018

Custom Training Classes

Custom training classes are tailored to your needs. We cover only the equipment you ask for and offer hands‐on experience for all attendees. Classes are led by industry experts and OFITE technicians at our facility in Houston, TX. At the end of the class, each attendee receives a certificate of completion good for two years. Custom classes include 7 hours of instruction per day.

Who Should Attend?

These classes are designed for end users of OFITE products, lab technicians, lab managers, mud engineers, R&D technologists, supply-chain personnel and other service company personnel.


  • 5 Days: $3,000 for the first person, $500 for each additional person
  • 3 Days: $2,000 for the first person, $400 for each additional person
  • 2 Days: $1,500 for the first person, $300 for each additional person

Industry Classes

OFITE presents drilling and completion fluids seminars and schools at our facility in Houston, Texas. Classes are led by David Breeden, a consultant with over 35 years of experience in all aspects of drilling fluids technology, marketing, R&D, and operations.

Who Should Attend

These classes are designed for drilling and completion engineers, geologists, rig supervisors, chemical sales representatives, R&D technologists, oilfield managers and supervisors, supply-chain personnel, and service company personnel. Classes meet the needs of a broad range of interests. Attendees can choose the class level that best fits their requirements, from basic information to advance mud technology.

NOTE: These are not mud schools needed to qualify a person as a mud engineer, but rather classes that provide industry information through a combination of lecture and laboratory exercises.

Course Description

Drilling is a complex operation requiring the combination of different technologies and disciplines. Today’s drilling personnel must have a working knowledge of drilling fluids in order to effectively drill a well. This course covers all aspects of drilling fluids technology, emphasizing both theory and practical application. Hands-on laboratory exercises are included.All pricing subject to change without notice.

  • Use clays and polymers to achieve desired mud properties
  • Apply water chemistry to the treatment of drilling fluids
  • Perform complete API drilling fluids tests and evaluate the results
  • Identify drilling fluid contaminants and develop corrective treatments
  • Select water phase salinity and activity for bore hole stability
  • Select non-aqueous fluids to meet drilling and environmental requirements
  • Manage non-aqueous drilling fluid systems
  • Minimize formation damage to optimize well production

2018 Dates

  • October 1 - 5
  • December 3 - 7

How to Register

Please pre-register for classes here, and a representative will contact you. All schools and seminars include lunches, training handouts, and a copy of the slide presentations.

The course costs $3,950 per student. There is a 10% discount for additional attendees from one company.


Day 1
  • Brief introduction to drilling for those new to the industry: rig and equipment description, casing usage, shale play, and conventional sand drilling locations
  • Functions of drilling fluids
  • API specifications
  • Mud report
  • Drilling fluid testing protocols
  • Equipment: density and rheology
  • Lab: sequence of fluids for drilling a conventional well
Day 2
  • Drilling fluid products, systems, and chemistry
  • Types of fluids
  • Conventional products for aerated/foamed muds, water-based muds, non-aqueous
  • muds, and completion fluids
  • Brief introduction to clay chemistry
  • API chemistry procedures
  • Equipment: API fluid loss testing
  • Lab: product usage in water-based muds
Day 3
  • Hydraulics and rheology
  • Discussion of rheological models and fluid flow
  • ECD, carrying capacity, hole clean efficiency, SAG
  • Equipment: HTHP fluid loss testing and retorts
  • Lab: observe HTHP fluid loss and retort tests
Day 4
  • Practical drilling fluid technology
  • Solids control: theory, function, and equipment
  • HSE and waste management
Day 5
  • Drilling fluid engineering
  • Pressure control: normal and abnormal pressures
  • Permeability: Darcy’s law
  • Lost circulation
  • Wellbore strengthening
  • Wellbore stability
  • Wellbore stability testing equipment
  • Differential sticking
  • Lubricity
  • Corrosion