Safety leaders: This Trinidad Drilling Rig Manager is doing it right

In April, the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) held a Safety Awards banquet, as they do every spring after the winter-drilling season. One of the awards given out is a special Safety Excellence Award. Individuals who have been nominated by their companies receive this honour. This year, Trinidad picked VanKoughnett.

Leadership recognized at CAODC Safety Awards

The location of Rig 57 in Alberta
The location of Rig 57 in Alberta

Kevin Dobson has proven you can have both safety and performance on a rig; it doesn’t have to be one or the other. Dobson, a Rig Manager on our team, has led Rig 57 to over 600 days without a recordable incident – all while drilling record holes for depth and size in the area where the rig is deployed south of Fort McMurray, Alta.

Dobson’s commitment to safety is the reason he received this year’s CAODC Safety Excellence Award for Trinidad Drilling.

Strong leadership = safe crews

Every spring, the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) presents safety awards after the winter-drilling season. This tradition has been going on for 34 years. Safety scrolls are given to senior crew members who lead their teams to 200 consecutive days without a recordable incident. Stand-out crews are also nominated by their companies to receive special Safety Excellence Awards (what Dobson received). Continue reading

Rig speak 101: Welcome to the jungle

Trinidad Rig 130Rig hands have their own language. In fact, we provide our green hands with a translation dictionary before they hit the field (OK, it’s not really a dictionary. It’s just a glossary). Just like any language, dialects can change slightly from rig to rig, but many of the terms are universal, so newbies will want to familiarize themselves with the basics.

If you’re a seasoned hand, skip to the second part of this post where we have provided a roundup of some of our favourite animal-inspired rig terms. Welcome to the jungle!

For newbies: Terms to learn now

The first “Rig speak 101” basic to know is that there is a difference between service rigs and drilling rigs. We operate drilling rigs. Continue reading

5 steps to get you on the rigs


Kimberly Plaquin is a Recruiting Coordinator with Trinidad Drilling. She works out of our facility in Nisku, Alta., and has been hiring rig hands for eight-and-a-half years. Plaquin helped us come up with this list of five steps you should take if you’re thinking about a career on the rigs.

Trinidad rig

1. Make sure this is the job for you

Working on a drilling rig is a great career. You get to work outside with state-of-the-art equipment and get to be part of a tight-knit team. With Trinidad, there are awesome employee benefits, and there is a ton of opportunity for career advancement. But it’s hard work and it’s not for everyone.

Here are a couple of tests you can take to see if this is a career for you: