Trinidad Drilling International Rig Crew Saudi Arabia

What’s coming down the talent pipeline in Saudi Arabia

Whether it be at home or overseas, we work hard to invest in the communities we drill in to ensure they’re better off as a result of us being there. One of the ways we’re doing this is by hiring, developing, and mentoring local talent on our drilling rigs through Trinidad Essential Skills Training (T.E.S.T.).

T.E.S.T. is our competency-assurance program that defines global performance standards for each position on our rigs (Floorhand, Motorhand, Derrickhand and Driller). Every rig hand that steps foot into Trinidad coveralls is assessed on these standards to ensure they can perform the skills required for their position. Continue reading

Brothers in drilling, Part 2: Haider Almoosa and Aaron Zurfluh, Saudi Rig 128

Aaron Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa
Aaron Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa

A couple of weeks ago, we met Aaron Zurfluh, an Albertan now drilling in Saudi Arabia. In the international atmosphere on Rig 128, Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa have become good friends and co-workers. For them, coming from opposite sides of the world holds no barriers.

When they met a few months ago, the two men hit it off immediately. Now, they work together, eat together, and are friends on Facebook.

Today, we get Almoosa’s take on drilling in his home country, with people not just from Canada but from all over the world.

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Brothers in drilling, Part 1: Aaron Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa, Saudi Rig 128

Aaron Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa
Aaron Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa

They may come from the opposite sides of the world, but Aaron Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa have become brothers in drilling.

When they met a few months ago on Trinidad Rig 128 in Saudi Arabia, the two men hit it off immediately. Now, they work together, eat together, and are friends on Facebook.

Part of that connection may come from having a lot in common: It’s amazing how similar the two men’s backgrounds are. Zurfluh was born on an Alberta farm; Almoosa and his brothers operate a farm in Saudi. And both of them found their way to the rigs.

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A day in the life of a rig worker: Assistant Driller

Working on the rigs isn’t for the faint of heart. It can be loud, busy, dirty and cold. Basically, it’s no desk job. But it’s also a rewarding career with room for advancement and a schedule that allows you to travel and spend time with family. As you may have heard, the money is pretty good. Oh yeah, you also get to work with some sweet equipment.

Here’s a look at rig life through the eyes of one of our team members:

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Name: Ryan Wollin
Position: Assistant Driller
Team: Trinidad Rig 38 (located southeast of Grande Prairie, Alta.)
Camp or non-camp job: Camp
Years of drilling experience: 11
Years with Trinidad: Just over four
Schedule: 20 days on, 10 days off

What a day on the rigs looks like for Ryan

Wake up at the crack of dawn:

The alarm clock goes off at 5:30 in the morning. I get up, have some breakfast, have a cup of coffee, and then around 6:30 the crew truck is ready to take us to work. Then we get changed and we meet up in the doghouse. Continue reading