Life #OfftheRig with Rig Manager Mark Valentine

Trinidad Drilling Rig Manager Mark Valentine Rig 427 #OfftheRig

This is our second #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 Mark Valentine, 29-year industry veteran and Rig Manager on Rig 427, currently drilling near Estevan, Saskatchewan.

Days off: enjoying the great outdoors

When Mark’s on days off, the last place you’ll find him is cooped up inside. The outdoor enthusiast has always enjoyed fishing and camping in the summer months and working as a waterfowl guide for his dad in the fall.

But these days, the great outdoors have an extra special place in his heart.

Now, I’m fortunate enough to have two grandsons to spend time outdoors with. Honestly, you can’t get any better time off the rigs than that; watching your grandkids learn, grow and respect the outdoors.

(Did Kenny Chesney’s song “the good stuff” start playing in anyone else’s head after they read that?)

Days on: not just a job to get by

Describe a day in the life of a Rig Manager on Rig 427.

My morning starts with cup of strong coffee, checking toursheets and completing reports. Once all the paperwork is done, I head out to the rig to check on the equipment and the men and hold a crew change safety meeting with the two crews. Then I arrange and discuss work or maintenance that needs to be done.

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

It’s outdoors and “it’s in my blood,” as they say. I’ve been doing this most of my life and it’s my career, not just a job to get by.

What’s your favorite part of working for Trinidad?

I actually worked for Trinidad in the early days, assembling Rig 2 then working on it for four years in Saskatchewan. I moved onto other companies through the years but have come full circle back to Trinidad.

Being an early part of the company in the late 90’s and watching how the equipment has developed through the years from tele double kelly rigs to huge walking rigs has been great.

Trinidad is a leader in technology and it’s pretty awesome being a part of it.


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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