Delayed Coker Fundamentals, Coker Operations, and Reliability

Virtual Training at RefComm Global 2020

  • Cost: $700 USD
  • 14 Hours of Training
  • Monday, November 2 through Tuesday, November 3, 2020
  • 8:00 AM CT – 5:00 PM CT, (1300-2200 GMT)
  • Includes a complimentary all-access pass to the full week of the RefComm Global event
  • Payment must be received by October 26, 2020 to have access to the training platform
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Join your peers for Delayed Coking training at RefComm® Global: a virtual DCU conference and exhibition. This two-day virtual course, held online Monday, 11/2 and Tuesday, 11/3,  will cover an introduction to the process, equipment, and operation of a delayed coker unit (DCU) in the refinery.

The coker is unique in the refinery world with a batch process and specialized solids removal (decoking) and handling equipment. All the unique aspects of the DCU will be covered with an in-depth review of the coker structure (coker island), operations and equipment.  Special focus will be given to operator-based perspective on unit equipment and usage. Common safety and reliability concerns will be discussed at length.

Operations, technical and maintenance staff learn how to operate their unit safely, efficiently and profitably. Save your company time and money by educating your staff and avoiding costly errors. Virtual instructor-led  training at RefComm® Global will examine real-world problems and practical solutions, preparing participants to anticipate complications before they arise. The course will include online lecture and interactive discussions with independent thinking and group problem-solving exercises on real situations to cement the learning. With the knowledge gained from this training course, your staff will have the confidence and awareness to “think on their feet” and get the job done safely and efficiently.

You Will Learn

  • Learn the history of this process, the second oldest in refining
  • Explore the process flow and semibatch sequence
  • Introduction to the specific design and operation of specialized DCU equipment:
    • Steam purged valves
    • Decoking equipment
    • Heater fouling and decoking
    • Fractionator (distillation) dynamics with batch operation
    • Blowdown system
  • A special focus on real experiences in safety and reliability:
    • Operator ownership of safety
    • Common reliability issues with DCU equipment
    • A review of major safety incidents over the past 20 years

Who Should Attend

This course is excellent for new refinery staff in the delayed coking unit (less than 1 year). This includes operators, engineers, inspectors, or maintenance staff. Everyone associated with the unit should have a fundamental understanding of the unit and this course delivers just that.

Vendor staff who supply services or equipment to delayed coker units would gain from learning how the unit fits into the overall scheme.

Project staff working on design projects would directly benefit from this class! Designing a pump or tower takes on new meaning when you understand the process from an operations perspective.


  • Familiarity with delayed cokers

Your Instructors

RefComm® Training uses proven techniques and instructors with field experience. Meet the instructors in these coker operations and coker process videos.

Gary Pitman is the Delayed Coking SME for Coking.Com. His roots run deep as an operator, maintenance technician and turnaround planner at ARCO/BP. He commissioned the Hovensa Coker in the Virgin Islands doing training for the structure block to the operators, then managed 315 craft people for a maintenance contractor on site. He has performed Coker Site Safety Audits and training in Asia, Europe, South America and North America and served as the subject matter expert for new product development for major manufacturers of delayed coking equipment. With his vast experience working with coker people close to the iron, “Mr.” is in high demand for consulting on un-heading, coke cutting, unit operations, design review, training and commissioning with his start-up team.

Evan Hyde is the Director of Field Operations for Formerly he was president of Telaxe, a coker consulting firm. He previously was president of C2 Nano Technology where they researched surface treatments to combat fouling and corrosion issues in cokers and other petrochemical process units. He was a Senior Engineering Advisor for Becht Engineering Co., Inc., New Jersey. He has consulted on processing improvement and reliability initiatives for delayed coking clients around the world. He also participated in onsite peer assessments of Coker Units at eight refineries which included improvements in maintenance work practices, process enhancements, and turnaround scope optimization. Prior to joining Becht, Evan worked for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, as a process engineer, with assignments in research, and troubleshooting for heavy oil upgrading equipment. He holds a B.S. of Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Cancellation Policy

Payment must be received by October 26, 2020 to receive access to the training platform. Should you be unable to attend at the last minute, your registration can be transferred to a colleague or credited toward a future training event. No shows are non-refundable.

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