Petroleum engineering students smile in front of facility
“Witnessing the scale and complexity of a production facility can inspire students and motivate them to excel in their studies.”

About 20 UTPB Petroleum Engineering students had the privilege of visiting the Don-Nan Lufkin Pump School at their Midland Pump and Supply shop.

Students received an in-depth tour of the facility and watched employees tear down and rebuild a pump. For many of our students seeing this was a chance to apply their critical thinking skills, as the tour guides prompted students with real issues faced in the field on a daily basis.don-nantour.jpg

They also witnessed teamwork and collaboration firsthand, as they learned about the importance of effective communication in achieving production goals and delivering high quality products.

Felipe Almeida was one of the students who attended the field trip. He says his experience helped bridge the gap between theory and practice, enhancing his learning journey.

“Seeing the actual manufacturing and servicing processes of sucker rod pumps, beam pumping units, and other downhole production equipment helped me understand how theoretical knowledge translates into practical application,” said Almeida.  

don-dantour2.jpgThe guides also taught UTPB students about the manufacturing processes of pump production, including casting, machining, assembly, and quality control.

“The trip highlighted the importance of innovation and continuous improvement in meeting the evolving demands of the energy sector, which are vital lessons for aspiring engineers like myself,” said Almeida.

Petroleum Engineering Professor Dr. Ahmed Alzahabi says students gained exposure to oil and gas industry standards, best practices, and the latest technologies used in pump manufacturing.

“The experience has provided students with a rich learning opportunity, reinforcing their academic knowledge, exposing them to industry realities, and inspiring them to pursue excellence in their Petroleum Engineering field of study,” said Dr. Alzahabi.

don-nan-tour3.jpgAlmeida says witnessing the intricacies of manufacturing and servicing downhole equipment in real-life  gave him and his fellow students a deeper appreciation for the precision and attention to detail required in the industry. He also says he feels motivated to approach coursework with renewed vigor and understanding.

“Interacting with professionals and experts in the field during the tour can help students build connections and expand their professional network. These connections could be valuable for future internships, job opportunities, or collaborative projects,” said Dr. Alzahabi.