The first day on any new job can be overwhelming. Day one for new rig hands can be extra intimidating because their new office is a towering rig full of technically-advanced equipment and numerous moving parts. That’s why we work hard to make sure newbies feel comfortable and safe when they start their new gig.
Rig 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
How to advance your career on a rig
If there’s one myth we want to debunk in our blog, it’s the misconception that rig work is not a career. Working on a rig is not only a career, it’s a darn good one. There is a ton of opportunity for advancement. In fact, our CEO started out as a roughneck.
If you work in the field, the big job you will be working towards is the Rig Manager position.
The Rig Manager ensures the rig operates efficiently and, through leadership, keeps the crew safe. Working your way up to a Rig Manager gig requires years of experience, industry knowledge and training, but with hard work you can get there. Continue reading
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.
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:
We think it’s our passionate and innovative people who make Trinidad Drilling a success, but company-wide we don’t just define success by profits. Keeping each other safe every day is even more important.
Evan Rochon is a Field HSE Supervisor for Trinidad Drilling. He is on the road visiting Trinidad’s Canadian rigs four out of five days a week to mentor and train workers on safety and to audit and inspect the rigs.
“When it comes to safety, everyone works as a team here.” – Evan Rochon, Field HSE Supervisor
“When it comes to safety, everyone works as a team here,” Rochon said. “The buy-in in the office, as well as in the field, is key.” Continue reading