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Part one: what do MacGyver, drilling rigs and a little luck have in common?

This is the first of two blog posts with Trinidad’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Adrian Lachance.

You name it, this guy’s done it. From auditioning for the hit TV series MacGyver in the 1980s, to starting two successful businesses, Red Deer, Alberta native and Trinidad’s COO has a story that’s sure to surprise you.

Known today for his passionate demeanor, extensive industry knowledge, and experience with technical drilling, Lachance has been instrumental to Trinidad’s success over the years. A visionary at heart, not even he could have predicted the road that got him to where he is today. Continue reading

Trinidad’s got grit: looking back on 2016

Grit /grit/: noun: courage and resolve; strength of character.

synonyms: courage, bravery, pluck, mettle, backbone, spirit, strength of character, strength of will, moral fiber, steel, nerve, fortitude, toughness, hardiness, resolve, resolution, determination, tenacity, perseverance, endurance

Despite the industry’s challenges in 2016, we dug in and demonstrated our grit. We just have that way about us. Our team was tested but continued moving forward, because no matter what, our people are dedicated to operational, safety and financial performance, and our equipment is designed to perform for our customers.

Read on as we celebrate the year past and join us in looking forward to the year ahead.

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Trinidad Drilling reaches its lowest company-wide TRIR in history

Trinidad reaches its lowest company-wide TRIR in history

A few weeks ago, we spoke with John Meckert about his thirty-year career in the industry and how a few key moments changed his perspective on safety forever. This week, Meckert explains how he and his team helped Trinidad hit its lowest company-wide total recordable incident rate (TRIR)* in 21 years.

“In 2016, Trinidad achieved a TRIR of 0.75,” said Meckert, Trinidad’s Vice President of HSE and QMS. “Meaning we had fewer recordable incidents than ever on our rigs.”

Driving Trinidad’s safety record to all-time lows

Down from a rate of over one in 2015, Meckert believes our 2016 TRIR is a reflection of how well Trinidad’s proactive safety efforts are working. It is also a reflection of the company’s safety culture. Continue reading

Rig Profile: Trinidad Drilling Rig 432

This week on the blog, a look at Trinidad Rig 432, drilling near Edson, Alberta. Formerly CanElson Rig 32, this ultra-heavy telescopic double and its crews are known to “drill like a bat ‘outta hell” (while working safe, of course).

Trinidad Drilling Rig 432

Interested in more Trinidad rig profiles? Check out Rig 703, a pad rig designed for high pressure, high temperature deep wells in southern Mexico. Or Rig 100, recently upgraded to a 2,000 HP AC XL Triple to drill in the Permian Basin in west Texas.

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Advice from the pros: resume tips from Trinidad’s Canadian recruiters

This week on the blog, we’re talking about resume dos and don’ts with Trinidad’s Canadian recruitment team. With 37 years of combined experience between Field Services Manager, Trisha Hennig, and her team of Coordinators, Carmen Thorne, Megan Myshak, and Sarah Hallgren, this crew knows how to staff drilling rigs and they know how to do it efficiently.

Filtering through thousands of resumes a year and staffing up to dozens of rigs between the team at one time is no small feat. How can you make your resume stand out from the thousands of others? Seeking advice from the pros is always a good place to start. Continue reading

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Rig postcards from… Rig 40 in British Columbia, Canada

This week on the blog, we’re enjoying British Columbia’s (B.C.) sunsets with the crews on Rig 40, a 166,800 daN tele double in our Canadian fleet!

At its current location near Fort St. John, B.C., the average temperature in January is a brisk -15 degrees Celsius / 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Chilled at the thought of it? Find out how our crews stay safe when the temperature drops by eating right, dressing for the weather, and educating themselves on signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Continue reading

Rig Profile: Trinidad Drilling Rig 57

This week on the blog, a peek at Rig 57, one of our lean mean drillin’ machines in Canada. Pack your bags, boys – the backyard is movin’ too!

Trinidad Drilling Rig 57 Profile

Did you know Rig 57 also has a two-storey combination building that walks separately from the substructure?

Keep an eye out for more rig profiles on the blog! Any rigs in particular you’d like to see?

Click here for details on all the rigs in our Canadian, US and International fleets.

Hockey & rigs? Randy Hawkings explains the connection

Randy Hawkings Trinidad Drilling

When Trinidad acquired CanElson in August 2015, one of the big benefits was welcoming CanElson president and CEO, Randy Hawkings, to our team.

He’s our new Executive Vice-President, Canadian and Mexico Operations, and he brings lots of experience with him — in engineering, management, and many other areas of the drilling business.

He’s a lot of fun to talk to, and has lots of cool perspectives on the industry. Read on to learn about Hawkings’ philosophy on drilling, his history and why he’s so passionate about the drilling industry.

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