April 11-12, 2022

GMRC Introduction to Combustion Engines

Virtual Workshop


Combustion Engines are the heart of the Oil & Gas Industry, yielding the power to pump vital elements through pipelines across North America.  This introductory course will provide a solid foundation for individuals working on, interested in or responsible for, this equipment.  Attendees will be educated through the presentation, demonstration of working models and interaction with the instructor. Join us in exploring a unique perspective on Internal and External Combustion Engines designed specifically for SGA/GMRC.

The material for this training is covered in two short (1.5hr) portions over two days.
Join us from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM central on April 11 & 12.
Attendees will receive 3 Professional Development Hours upon completion.


Participants will learn about:

  • History of Horsepower
  • Explanation of Indicated, Brake and Effective HP
  • Intro to the Combustion Cycles
  • Internal vs External Combustion
  • Two Stroke vs Four Stroke Engines
  • Reciprocating vs Centrifugal Engines
  • Diesel vs Gasoline Engines
  • Fire Triangle
  • Integral vs Separable Engines
  • Principles of Operation in Combustion Cycles



  • Engineering Students
  • Entry Level Engineers
  • Analysts
  • Technicians
  • Mechanics
  • Field Service Representatives
  • Project Managers
  • Reliability Engineers interested in gaining a basic understanding of Internal Combustion Engines
  • Management responsible for a compression fleet wishing to gain a foundational understanding of their equipment




Mary Savalle, PMP, REC

A passionate and unapologetic advocate for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education, Detroit native Mary Savalle is currently the Field Demonstration Program Manager for Radical Combustion Technologies. Mary has a BSME from Wayne State University and is currently halfway through the Master of Engineering in Engine System Design program with the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has attained a Reliability Engineering Certificate (REC) from Clemson University/Life Cycle Institute and a Project Management Professional license from PMI. Mary sits on multiple industry committees and has chaired the GMRC Engine Analyzer & Reliability (EAR) since July 2019.

Prior to her current role, Mary was a Principle Reliability Engineer and Capital Investment Project Manager for DTE Gas (Gas Utility within DTE Energy) and was responsible for reliability engineering support to ten (10) compressor stations which included 57 natural gas compression units. She has published industry papers, travels nationally teaching courses on internal combustion engine concepts and has developed training devices for kinesthetic learners. She has worked with companies around the world in research, analysis and training activities.

Mary is also very active with STEM education within her community, creating a broad learning environment for students and engineers of the future.


From 04-11-2022 9:30 am CST until 04-12-2022 11:00 am CST


Registration Information
Standard Members $120
Standard Non-Members $138

3% fee applied if paying by a credit card

Who can attend?

SGA Cancellation Policy "C"

Have any questions? Contact us. memberservices@southerngas.org