Welcome From The Director

Since 1944, the Petroleum Extension (PETEX™), of The University of Texas at Austin, has developed, produced, and delivered technical and nontechnical training courses, publications and e-learning products to both companies and individual workers in the global oil and gas industry.

The world’s appetite for energy is increasing. Drilling and production operations are accelerating to meet demand, and technologies for unconventional resources are emerging. However, the industry is confronted with the same workforce dilemma as in the early 1980s—a staggering number of workers are retiring and transitioning out of the workforce necessitating an increase in the recruitment, training and retention of younger generations to take their place.

PETEX understands this challenge and devotes its energy to staying abreast of new practices and helping clients by training and educating their personnel. We understand that mistakes on the job translate to lost efficiency, lost income and, sometimes, lost lives. There has never been a time when training has been more important.

PETEX responds to this need by offering a wide selection of programs and services, developing innovative new products and delivering instruction when and where it’s needed around the globe. The PETEX Learning and Assessment Center in Houston, Texas, is busier than ever conducting instructor-led, blended and custom courses both here and abroad. In Austin, PETEX develops e-formats to conveniently deliver courses and tools online, and is broadening its library of print publications and e-books. PETEX’s state-of-the-art training facility in Houston, Texas, features two large laboratories that support its renowned Measurement training. PETEX is also well known for its suite of quality Fundamentals courses. In addition, the book A Primer of Oilwell Drilling continues to top the list as the industry’s first reader in educational drilling content.

PETEX learning content is developed to industry standards with the guidance and support of a full spectrum of industry experts that act as content advisors. These contributors enable PETEX to serve as an ambassador for the industry and supply relevant training solutions. As companies firm their focus on safety and results, PETEX intensifies its own focus on best-in-class global training options. Now is a critical time to build the skills and processes to address the challenges and innovations that lead us forward.

Coy Wilcox, Director
Petroleum Extension (PETEX™)
The University of Texas at Austin
email: petex@www.utexas.edu

About Coy Wilcox
Wilcox oversees all operations and activities of PETEX, the trainer of choice for oil and gas industry workers. Wilcox’s role encompasses oversight of the Austin headquarters location as well as its large state-of-the-art Learning and Assessment Center in Houston.

Before coming to PETEX, Wilcox served as the Training, Learning, and Development Manager for Nabors Drilling in the Middle East. Wilcox has the ideal background for stepping into the leadership role at PETEX given his experiences in instructional development, training management, and marketing and business development within the petroleum industry. In addition to a two-year stint at Intertek Consulting and Training, Wilcox spent about seven years with Nabors Drilling overseas in various training management roles.