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Rig speak 101: Rig crew basics

Working on a drilling rig is no desk job – it can be loud and dirty with plenty of exposure to the elements. It’s also a rewarding career with high earning potential, and a work schedule that’s far from your everyday nine to five with only three weeks’ vacation a year.

If you’re considering a career on the rigs and want to know about each position, this blog is for you. Read on as we take you through crew basics, describe rig positions, and explain why Trinidad is the employer of choice among new and experienced hands. Continue reading

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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

Spotlight on technology: how automated pipe-handling systems are making the Derrickhand’s job safer

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A Derrickhand stands on a rig 90 feet up into the sky. From there, he aligns pipes and directs them from the racking board fingers to the top drive, and vice versa.

The work is intensely physical, and there are always safety concerns, as well.

That’s why Trinidad Drilling is moving to an automated pipe-handling system on the derrick. It’s an exciting new development, both for safety and efficiency, and Trinidad has been testing it for about a year.

With the new system, the Derrickhand is comfortably inside the doghouse, instead of up on the monkeyboard. Instead of manually handling the pipes, he’s controlling them with a machine that carries out multiple functions automatically.

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4 ways top drives make rigs safer

This is the final post in Trinidad’s three-part series on top drives. 

Over the last two weeks, we’ve been talking about how top drive technology works and the way it’s changed drilling by making rigs more efficient and allowing operators to reach more sophisticated drilling targets.

This week, we want to talk about one of the most important benefits of top drives: improved safety. Here are four ways top drives are making rig work safer. 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

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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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Rig speak 101: It’s all about the mud

On a rig, mud does a lot more than land on your coveralls. The mud that circulates through a well bore is instrumental to oil and gas drilling.

In last week’s blog post, we gave you a look at a day in the life of a Derrickhand. The Derrickhand’s responsibilities include maintaining the rig’s mud systems and mud properties. This week, we want to give newcomers to the drilling business a guide to the sophisticated world of mud!

What role does mud play in the drilling process?

When a hole is being drilled, drilling fluids or “mud” is circulated through the well bore. This mud performs many functions including:

  • Bringing “cuttings” to the surface (cuttings are fragments of rock dislodged by the bit)
  • Cooling and lubricating the drill bit
  • Controlling pressure
  • Stabilizing the hole

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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