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Introduction to Downstream

Basic Overview of Refineries | Est. Length: 30 mins

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This is a short course that will give you a basic low tech overview of what happens to the crude oil once it arrives at a refinery and how it becomes products. We will also do some basic financial exercise that will help you see how refineries make money. Finally we will talk a little bit about the different roles required to run a refinery.

Who should take this course:

If you are a newcomer to the industry or work in the upstream or midstream areas or in a support function and want to learn how crude becomes products, this is a great course for you.


After this course you will have an understanding of the basic processes involved in turning crude oil into the products and fuel we couldn't live without.

Estimated Length:

25 mins video material

5 mins quiz

Your Instructor

Ira Bernstein
Ira Bernstein

Ira Bernstein spent over 40 years with ExxonMobil before retiring as the Baytown Chemical Plant Technical Manager. Over that time his assignments ranged from highly technical process control to economics and major project support with the last 20 years focused at technical excellence and individual development. His assignments in multiple Gulf Coast locations and Europe give him a keen understanding of the challenges of career development in an expanding global environment.

In the area of career development for technical professionals Ira Bernstein has been involved in every phase of the process: recruiting, assignment selection, performance management, and career planning.

Class Curriculum

  Basic Refinery Finances
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  Roles and opportunities
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  Pop quiz
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does a 12-month access window sound? After purchase, you have unlimited access to this course for 12 months - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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