DEIWFC620 : Wellhead and Flowline Control Systems

Nominal duration: 16 hours total time commitment

This time commitment includes the structured activities, preparation reading, and attendance at each webinar, completing exercises, practical assessments and proctored assessments.

It is also expected that students spend additional time on readings, personal study, independent research and learning, practicing on remote labs and required software and working on any projects and assignments.

This module covers the essentials of instrumentation and control relating to wellhead and flowline control methods, equipment and typical issues.


The purpose of the module is for participants to develop fundamental working knowledge of wellhead and flowline control systems and be able to determine and oversee procedures to ensure safe operation.

MODIFICATION HISTORY Original module approved in 2010 (52368WA); April 2014 (52684WA).  This version is Version 3.0


Modules that must be delivered and assessed before this module:

  • Fundamentals of Process Instrumentation DEIFPI602

  • Electrical Drawings, Documentation and Schematics DEIEDS603

  • AC Electrical Motors and Variable Speed Drives DEIEMD610

  • Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Areas DEIHAZ611

  • Process Control Basics DEIPCB613

Modules that must be delivered concurrently with this module:

  • N/A




Assessors should gather a range of evidence that is valid, sufficient, current and authentic. Evidence can be gathered through a variety of ways including direct observation, supervisor's reports, project work, structured assessments, samples and questioning. This will include short answer questions on the knowledge content, the use of remote and virtual labs, and writing tasks to apply the learning to academic tasks.


Assessor Requirements:

Assessors must satisfy the assessor requirements in the standards for registered training organisation (RTOs) current at the time of assessment.

Assessors must also hold a tertiary qualification in engineering or related field.

The RTO must also ensure that trainers and assessors keep their industry knowledge up to date through ongoing professional development.

Assessment Conditions:

Questioning techniques should not require language, literacy and numeracy skills beyond those required in this module. The candidate must have access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required.

The candidate must be permitted to refer to any relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications, codes, standards, manuals and reference materials.

Assessments may be open book assessment and may be completed off campus. Invigilation software will be used for some assessments to ensure authenticity of work completed.

Model answers must be provided for all knowledge-based assessments to ensure reliability of assessment judgements when marking is undertaken by different assessors.


On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  1. Explain effective well and flowline control methods and related issues
  2. Outline basic features of key well control equipment and related issues

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes specify what students will be able to do as a result of the learning.


Assessment criteria provide the criteria by which achievement of the learning outcomes will be judged.

1. Explain effective well and flowline control methods and related issues

1.1.  Outline the fundamental principles of typical well control methods

1.2.  Identify causes and prevention of kicks

1.3.  Determine effective well pressures using numerical calculations

1.4.  Outline the fundamental properties of gases and fluids relevant to well and flowline control

2. Outline basic features of key well control equipment and related issues

2.1.  Outline procedures for configuration and operation of a blow-out preventer (BOP)

2.2.  Specify manifolds and piping for well control equipment

2.3.  Explain the core functions of well control equipment and related instrumentation

2.4.  Determine procedures for testing well control equipment

2.5.  Identify standards applicable to wells

Delivery Mode

Online and face-to-face

Specialised Resources



Software/Hardware Used


  • Picoscope6


  • Remote Lab
  • Laptop with at two USB ports, · 1x MOXA UPort 1110 USB-to-serial (RS-232) adapter, · 1x 9-pin D-type female to 25-pin D-type male adapter plug (‘straight’) (DB-9F/DB-25M), · 1x breakout box, · 1x PicoScope 2204 USB oscilloscope with probes