Terms and Conditions

  • "Mud Engineer" is a term commonly referred to as the Drilling Fluid Specialist aka. Mud Man in the oil industry.  By state and federal law, one must require a 4 year degree from an accredited college in order to refer to themselves as an engineer (Mud Engineer, Drilling Fluid Engineer, etc.).  Upon successful completion of the course of 150 hours of Lab/Class time and a final overall grade of 75% or greater, the students will be provided a "Certification of Completion".
  • Job Placement:  Texas Petroleum Institute wants the best for their students and will assist to the best of our ability to help network student's resumes through TPI.  Texas Petroleum Institute does not guarantee any student that he/she will have an employment contract at the end of the course and will not be held responsible for students not finding a place of employment.
  • Equal Opportunity:  Texas Drilling Fluids Institute does not discriminate in any form against race, religious beliefs, gender or sexual preference.
  • Sexual Harassment :  


    Texas Petroleum Institute does not tolerate any form of sexual harassment. 

    It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.

    Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.

    Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.

    Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).

    The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.

  • Refunding:  Texas Petroleum Institute has the right to drop a student from enrollment, this will be the ONLY reason he/she will be issued a refund of their enrollment/processing fee.  This fee has the purpose of reserving the seat of him/her for the class they wish to enroll/available.

Rules and Regulations

Our goal at Texas Petroleum Institute is to educate and assist our graduates in a comfortable and educational atmosphere.  Therefore, if the instructors or students feel that any of these rules and conditions is making their learning experience uncomfortable or inadequate, please bring it to our attention and we will address this matter immediately.  We reserve the right to dis-enroll any student anytime if these rules are not being complied with for the respect and safety of all.

Classroom Etiquette

·        Any etiquette that we see as unfit that distracts, disrupts or can cause harm to yourself, peers or instructors will be deemed intolerable and that person will be asked to leave the classroom/lab.

·        Due to the nature of the chemicals being used, it is extremely important to not only handle everything with care but to make sure everything is being used as directed.

·        Please be on time to class. Students are required to complete 150hrs in class. We understand that life is messy, however, it is important to not be tardy in order to avoid missing out on valuable information.

·        Cell phones may be kept in the classroom on silent and can be checked on break. We understand that things happen and you might need to take a call. If this becomes necessary, please take the phone call outside as a courtesy to your fellow peers and instructors. We reserve the right to ask students to leave their phone in the car if it becomes a disruption.

·        Students are given 2 fair chances to abide by classroom etiquette rules. After the second offense the student will be removed from the course without a refund.

·        Lunch will be 1hr. Please return on time. Food is not permitted in the classroom/lab except for medical reasons.

·        All equipment and chemicals must remain in the classroom. Nothing may be taken home.


·        Under no circumstances will any firearms or weapons be permitted on the premises at ANY time.


·        All classroom/lab equipment provided by Texas Petroleum Institute is deemed property of Texas Petroleum Institute. If equipment or teaching material is removed from the classroom by anyone other than the instructors, they will be asked to leave and removed from the course. Law enforcement will be contacted and charges will be pressed.


·        There is a ZERO tolerance drug and alcohol policy on the premises of the Texas Petroleum Institute.  Students absolutely may not have or be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If any student does not abide by this rule they will immediately be removed fromthe course without refund and asked to leave. 

Video Recording

Under no circumstances are cameras and/or video cameras allowed to record classes or labs.