Life #OfftheRig with Rig Manager and fisherman, Dave Carriere

2016.08.18 Carriere, Dave CDN RM Rig 421 vF2

Working on some of the safest and most technologically advanced rigs around is something our crews take great pride in. But we know there’s more to life than keepin’ it tight and turnin’ it right.

Read on as we take you through our first #OfftheRig blog post; a series dedicated to our crews and the things they enjoy most on and off the rigs.

This week, we chatted with Dave Carriere, Rig Manager on Rig 421, drilling near Torquay, Saskatchewan.

Days off Dave

Aside from spending time with his family, when Dave’s not busy pulling dragons from the ground, you’ll find the 18-year industry veteran and avid outdoorsman pulling Northern Pike from Lake Winnipeg by Gimli, Manitoba.

Days on Dave

Describe a day in the life of Dave.

On the best days out here, I wake up at 5:00 am, do the morning report with a coffee then go up and have the handover meeting with graveyards and daylights. Have a walk around, see what needs to be done or what didn’t get done and go from there.

What’s your favorite part of working on the rigs?

My favorite part of being a Rig Manager is the work ethic I’ve acquired in this industry and being able to pass down my knowledge and teach the new hands everything I know. I like being able to answer their questions and help them be the best rig hands they can.

What’s your favorite part of working for Trinidad Drilling?

I am relatively new to Trinidad (having come from the CanElson Drilling acquisition), but they are a diverse company with a wealth of knowledge and resources that look after their employees. That’s hard to find in a company.


Keep an eye out for more #OfftheRig blog posts in coming weeks. In the meantime, let us know what your typical day #OfftheRig looks like on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag.

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