Training Courses for Operations and Engineers

River City Engineering’s training courses are designed to advance the knowledge of the engineers and operators of your company. These professional training courses are offered on site for an interactive experience. Short courses may be offered online at client preference. Training sessions are guided by our distinguished team of process engineers. They are familiar with the design, operation, and optimization of various types of natural gas facilities.

Examples of the training courses offered by RCE are found below.  Each training course will be tailored to your unique facility and goals. The duration can be adapted based on your custom scope, or based on attendee availability (change of shift or set for operators).

For OSHA PSM compliance, we provide documentation for each training course including attendees lists, descriptions of material covered, and training agendas. More rigorous documentation such as quiz materials and results are also available depending on your company’s particular requirements.

If you are interested in seeing example PDFs of training agendas, please get in touch. We can also create customized training courses for your needs beyond those listed here, please contact us for more information!

Operator Training Courses

Board Training

These courses are intensive hands on training sessions working with operators in the control room. We guide operations through optimization strategies, data trending for improved troubleshooting, and controls strategy reasoning. This course is especially useful for newer operators uncomfortable with “running the boards.” We will work with you to cover multiple shifts and sets.

System Specific Board Training

This course focuses on optimization and control strategies of one particular system, for example the cryo plant or treating systems. Cryo plant training focuses on maximizing NGL recovery by teaching optimal operating conditions for maximum recovery and minimum energy usage. Treating systems training focuses on minimizing energy usage and circulation rate while maintaining required treating specifications, and foaming prevention strategies.

Entire Plant Board Training

This course focuses on optimization, control strategies, and troubleshooting of the entire plant from inlet to sales. Depending on your facility, this may include training on inlet handling, liquids handling, gas treating and conditioning, cryogenic processing, liquids stabilization, and compression.

Plant Overview Training

A classroom style introductory course reviewing Process Flow Diagrams to refresh personnel on plant operations. Topics covered include design background, safety, flowpaths, and general controls.

Facility Training

A classroom style course that reviews design documents and intended operation with personnel. Documents reviewed include Process Flow Diagrams, Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams, Heat and Material Balances, and Cause and Effects. Personnel will complete the course understanding how to reference these design documents during operation.

System Specific Facility Training

A classroom style course that focuses on a specific system (e.g. Amine, TEG, Cryo Plant) from your facility reviewing the Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams for that system. Topics covered include design, optimization, safety, and controls.

Entire Facility Training

A  classroom style, week long intensive course that reviews your entire facility. Process Flow Diagrams, Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams, Heat and Material Balances, and Cause and Effects are all reviewed. Topics covered include design background, optimization, control systems and operating philosophies, and safety. We can produce operating “cheat sheets” with optimal set points and measured parameters labeled on PFDs at your request.

Operating Procedures Training

An intensive classroom style course that reviews operating procedures in depth. This course covers all areas of the operating procedures required by OSHA PSM. Emphasis on consequences of deviation, which helps increase understanding of troubleshooting, and safety. As part of this training, we can update outdated procedures and provide redlined and/or final documents upon request.

Start Up Training

A detailed classroom style course to prepare operations personnel for start up. This course covers all phases of start up including commissioning, purge, dry-out, system wash, and bringing in gas. Portions of the course can be held in the plant showing the various manual valves that will need to be used during phases of start up, such as purge systems and recovery/rejection switching valves.

Engineer Training Courses

Optimization Training

An intensive course teaching engineers how to optimize plant performance. This course covers setting up HYSYS simulation of the plant, including how to input vendor specific data into the simulation for compressors, exchangers, and expanders. Tips on data matching, and how to use a case by case approach to determine the most beneficial adjustments.

Distillation Training

An intensive course covering distillation, from basics through advanced design. This course is created by our distillation specialist with over 30 years of experience in this topic. It offers guidelines and rules of thumb for most services seen in the Energy industry.

CO2 Freeze – Webinar

This webinar covers why, when, and how to use RCE’s CO2 Freeze extension. Walkthrough examples include determination of whether or not inlet liquids require preheating before stabilization, expander inlet streams, and tray by tray tower freeze prediction.

EC-OD – Webinar

This webinar will give you a detailed understanding of how to use the RCE EC-OD extension for HYSYS and VMGSim. Topics covered include how to input vendor data into the extension, how to rate existing expander compressors, and example walkthroughs.

PHA Methodology

A detailed course to prepare personnel for a Process Hazard Analysis using RCE’s developed methodology. This course covers the background, development of related worksheets, and an example walk through.