ESP Basic

Production and Operations

Course Description

Intended for any oilfield technical professional who needs a general understanding of Electrical Submersible Pumps, this one-day introductory class provides a practical overview with an emphasis on understanding the system configuration and theory of operation. Significant class time will be spent on understanding each ESP component’s contribution to the overall system.

Learning Objectives:

  • The students will be able to discuss ESP designs with vendors
  • Understand technical discussions with field staff
  • Know when to use ESPs versus another form of artificial lift

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

To gain a basic understanding of ESP equipment and theory of operation.

Who Attends

Production and operation professionals who want to learn how to discuss ESP designs and operation with vendors and collegues.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

Training sessions attached to SPE conferences and workshops follow the cancellation policies stated on the event information page.  Please check that page for specific cancellation information.

SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will.  Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements.

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Full regional cancellation policies can be found at the Cancellation Policy page within the SPE Training Course Catalog.


Mike Berry, PE, SPE is an independent artificial lift consultant with nearly 40 years of experience in the petroleum industry. During those 40 years, his positions have ranged widely from a roustabout standing knee deep in crude all the way to a research scientist testing state-of-art equipment the world’s premier multiphase flow loops. He has served on numerous SPE committees and occasionally serves as a PetroSkills instructor. He holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and is a licensed professional engineer.

David Divine has over 40 years’ experience in the oil industry. His experience includes service with Texaco Inc. where he developed the first practical variable speed submersible pumping system and is the author of several papers on this topic.  He co-founded Submersible Oil Systems, a company that designed and manufactured a variable speed controller for submersible pumping. After Centrilift-Hughes acquired SOS, he served as Vice President over the Systems Division of Centrilift-Hughes.  He then co-founded Electric Submersible Pumps, Inc. (ESP, Inc.) and served as Vice President of Engineering to develop many of the current standards for testing used submersible equipment.  In 1997 he became an independent consultant and then transitioned to working for Baker at their Educational Development Center in Claremore, Oklahoma for Centrilift in September of 2002.

In July of 2007, Mr. Divine began work with Wood Group ESP, Inc. as a Principle Engineer. His duties included improving the method and equipment used for varnishing new ESP motors. In 2009 he became the team leader for developing “Solutions”, the ESP sizing software for Wood Group ESP.  Wood Group ESP was acquired by GE Oil and Gas in May of 2011 and Mr. Divine continued in the position of Solutions development team leader until his retirement from GE Oil and Gas in 2016.  Shortly thereafter, Mr. Divine began working for Valiant Artificial Lift Solutions as a Principal Engineer.

Mr. Divine is a member of the Texas Tech Electrical Engineering Academy and is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board at Texas Tech University. He is the 1995 recipient of the J. C. Slonneger Award presented by the Southwestern Petroleum Short Course to individuals who have advanced the field of artificial lift.  Mr. Divine has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University and is a Registered Engineer in the State of Texas.