What it’s really like working as a Floorhand

Is being a floorhand hardSomeone recently typed “Is being a floorhand hard?” into the search bar on our blog.

Here to provide his take on what it’s like working as a Floorhand, we introduce you to five-year Trinidad veteran, James Hofer.

Okay, so James has already worked his way up to a Motorhand gig on Rig 60, but while he waits for his home rig to finish its 1,000-day inspection, he’s filling in on others in our Canadian fleet.

Right now, he’s working as a Floorhand helping out the team on Rig 32, currently drilling near Swan Hills, Alberta. Continue reading

Rig talk: A roughneck’s perspective on life as a Floorhand

Eunice Mosley knows what it’s like to work on the rig floor. The father, husband and Louisiana native is a Floorhand on Trinidad Rig 109 in Texas and has been in the drilling game for almost eight years.

If you choose a career on the rigs, you’ll spend some time as a Floorhand. In this post, we’ll explain what the job entails and include some audio clips from Mosley, so you can hear about the job straight from “the roughneck’s mouth.”

Trinidad Rig 109
Trinidad Rig 109 in Texas. Photo courtesy of Eunice Mosley.

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Drilling down: What’s it really like to be a Motorhand?

Drilling is in Mitchell Andersen’s blood. His grandfather drilled. His uncles drilled.

“It’s the family business,” said Andersen.

“I’m from Alberta, and in Alberta, we drill for oil.”

Andersen is a Motorhand on Trinidad Rig 92, a heavy double that operates near Rocky Mountain House, between Edmonton and Calgary.

The location of Trinidad Rig 92. Click map for more details. (Map data from Google)

The seven year oilfield veteran shared his thoughts on working as a Motorhand and choosing a career in the patchContinue reading

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

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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A day in the life of a Derrickhand with Trinidad Drilling

Trinidad DrillingOf all the crew members on a rig, the Derrickhand position is probably the most well known because the Derrickhand climbs the rig’s derrick to work on a platform usually 25 metres above the rig floor.

“I’m the guy who has to put the belt on. Anytime there is something (to be done) up high, I put the belt on and go up the derrick,” said Larince Yewchuk, a Derrickhand on Trinidad Rig 2, referring to the safety harness Trinidad’s hands must wear while working at a height over three metres.

Yewchuk, whose rig operates mostly in southern Alberta, talked to us about what it is like to be a Derrickhand. Continue reading

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:


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