From the field to the office: Part two

Dolan Hughson Trinidad DrillingDolan Hughson is the latest field employee to trade in his coveralls for a suit and tie at Trinidad. Much like Canadian Contracts Manager, Steve Bozko, Dolan wanted to learn more about the business off the rigs, and saw our Sales Manager opening in Colorado as a perfect opportunity to drill deeper.

“I know Trinidad’s rigs inside and out,” said Dolan, who started with us 14 years ago as a Rig Manager and worked his way up the ladder to General Manager in our U.S. division, prior to landing the Sales Manager role in Colorado.

“Working on the sales and marketing side is a great opportunity for me to learn more about what goes into contracts, contract negotiations and risk assessment.” Continue reading

5 reasons you’ll want to work on a Trinidad rig

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Trinidad Rig 39, a 1,500 HP AC Walking Triple

Mike Kerik has worked for a few drilling contractors over his 18-year career in the Canadian oil patch.

After spending the last 12 years in Trinidad teal, he’s figured out what makes us stand out – both as a contractor and as an employer. According to Mike, sticking with us has been a bit of a no-brainer.

“High-performance people, modern iron, huge safety records; you name it, Trinidad’s got it,” said Rig 39’s Rig Manager.

Read on as Mike shares five reasons you’ll want to work on a Trinidad rig.

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Rig 134 earns its fifth spot on Pioneer’s ‘Rig Team of the Quarter’ trophy

Dustin Brown, Drilling Superintendent; Gary Malmay, Driller; Brandon Hobbs, Rig Manager

If you are going to do something, do it to the best of your ability.

That mindset has been a defining one for Chad Britt throughout his career. Born into a long line of roughnecks, the Louisiana native is one of the Rig Managers on Rig 134, a trophy-clad triple in our U.S. fleet with a track record of accomplishment.

“I’ve always taught my crews to strive for their very best,” said Chad.

“Rig 134 isn’t gunning for awards, we just want to be a benefit to Trinidad and do our jobs to the highest standard.”

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Captain Kirk has nothing on this Driller

Trinidad Drilling's Rig 58 in Nisku, Alberta.Shawn McVey’s favourite part of the job is working with technology. So, the fact that he’s a Driller on one of our newest, most advanced rigs is a good fit. Trinidad Rig 58 boasts everything from fully integrated control systems, to its own water purification building, to an enclosed drill floor, to a moving system that allows its backyard to be moved with its centerpiece.

And for McVey, drilling controls are located on a cyber chair that looks like it would be at home on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise.

“Trinidad has given me the training and opportunities to work with the kind of advanced technology that most rig hands don’t get to work with their entire career,” said McVey, who started with Trinidad three years ago on Rig 57, a sophisticated machine in its own right.

We published other blog posts about Rig 58 while it was being built, but it’s been a few months since the nearly 60-metre-tall rig hit the field to drill natural gas in the Liard Basin in northern B.C., so now we want to give you a look at what it’s like to be at the helm of one of the largest rigs in North America.  Continue reading

4 ways international drilling gigs are life changing

Michael Portman has wanted to drill internationally since he started working on the rigs 10 years ago, so when Trinidad put out a bulletin asking for employees to go on assignment to Saudi Arabia, he applied that day.

“I’ve always wanted to go work overseas, so when the opportunity came up, I couldn’t say no,” said Portman, a Derrickhand from Vancouver, B.C.

Portman just finished his first hitch on Rig 126, an upgraded triple operating in the Khurais oil field, about three and a half hours southwest of Dammam, the capital of Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia.

It’s early days, but here are four things Portman is getting to experience on this new adventure:  Continue reading

Rig spotlight: 4 rigs getting ready for Mexico

Trinidad Design and Manufacturing’s headquarters in Nisku, Alberta, has been a flurry of activity this year. Our team there has been busy building new iron. Their current project? Four new rigs for Trinidad’s joint-venture operations in Mexico. When the rigs are finished, they’ll be the tallest in Trinidad’s fleet.

Here’s what you need to know about Trinidad’s new Mexican rigs:

Their names:

Rigs 701, 702, 703 and 704

Where they’ll be drilling:

The new, state-of-the-art rigs will operate in the area around Villahermosa, Mexico, through an international joint venture between Trinidad and Halliburton. The city of Villahermosa is an epicenter for oil and gas activity in Mexico. Continue reading

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You never know where a career with Trinidad Drilling will take you

When people think about international assignments, they don’t usually think of roughnecks, but they should!

Trinidad Drilling has expanded our operations into Saudi Arabia, one of the top oil-producing countries in the world, so we’re sending close to 20 Floorhands and Derrickhands from our U.S. and Canadian crews on international assignment.

The assignment: Saudi Arabia

Trinidad has moved three upgraded rigs, and is moving a newly built, state-of-the-art rig, to the Khurais oilfield, about three and a half hours southwest of Dammam, the capital of the Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province.

Trinidad crews have a reputation in the industry for being highly skilled and knowledgeable. That is why we’re sending some of our Floorhands and Derrickhands on temporary foreign assignment – so they can help train our new rig hands in the region on Trinidad’s commitment to safety and performance.

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A day in the life of a Rig Manager with Trinidad Drilling

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Jason Leach, Rig Manager

Being a Rig Manager is not an easy gig. The Rig Manager (a.k.a. “toolpush”) works in the field to oversee every aspect of a rig’s operations and is responsible for the safety of three drilling crews (crews work on rotational shifts). A Rig Manager wears many hats: mechanical expert, teacher . . . even paper pusher. But, above all, a Rig Manager is a leader.

Here’s a look at what it’s like to lead a Trinidad rig.

Name: Jason Leach
Role: Relief Rig Manager on Rig 37, 38 and 39 (all operating in Alberta)
Years with Trinidad: 8

A Rig Manager is responsible for:

  • Rig set up, take down and moving
  • The safety of all crew members
  • Ensuring rig equipment is maintained and operated safely and efficiently
  • Completing daily paperwork and attending to other matters of business pertaining to the rig
  • Ensuring rig operations comply with environmental and government regulations
  • Managing operational costs

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Quality control: The secret to building better rigs

Trinidad Drilling has one of the best fleets in the business because our rigs use advanced technologies and are operated by skilled crews. Plus, we make sure our iron meets high quality standards before it even gets to the field.

Ron Hornbrook is the Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager with Trinidad Design & Manufacturing. His team is in charge of the quality management system for Trinidad’s equipment.

“A good quality management system can significantly improve our competitive advantage, increase efficiency, reduce repairs in the field and most importantly help improve rig safety,” said Hornbrook. Continue reading

Rig work: 3 things drilling companies want from you, 3 things you need from them

Trinidad Drilling rigFinding the right job is like dating: both parties need to be looking and interested in each other to make it work.

Well, we’re looking. Right now, Trinidad’s Canadian division is hiring experienced hands to work on our growing team.

“Given our high utilization rate and the addition of rigs to our fleet, we require additional key people,” said Sandi Berube, Human Resources Manager with Trinidad Drilling.

In this post, we’ll tell you the top three things we’re looking for in experienced hands and the top three things you can expect from us. Continue reading