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

Roughneck raised with Les and Gaston Hodge

Roughneck raised with Les Hodge

With his dad working on and off the rigs since he was eight years old, Les Hodge understands what it means to be roughneck raised.

Working a 20 and 10 schedule, Hodge’s dad would fly to Alberta for 20 days of work then make the 6,000 km trip back to spend ten days at home in Savage Cove, Newfoundland. No matter how tempted he may have been to relax on his days off, his dad was always determined to make the most of his time with family. Continue reading

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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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Photo blog: rigs ‘n rainbows

Working on a drilling rig in the middle of nowhere has its perks. With no traffic, no overpasses and no skyscrapers (other than that of a towering pine tree), roughnecks often get to witness moments like this.

Ok, ok, so double rainbows might not be as magical for you as they are to the Double Rainbow Guy, but when you get to experience something like this, you can’t help but pause for a moment of gratitude.

Here’s a look at what our crews often get to see from their “office” (click to see full size image). Continue reading

5 bumper stickers for the roughneck in all of us

Let’s talk bumper stickers!

From showcasing our political preferences, warning those behind us of our driving tendencies, or rallying for groups we support, we’ve all seen a bumper sticker we can relate to. A good bumper sticker has the uncanny ability to form tribes of like-minded strangers on the infamous Route 66 or Trans-Canada Highway.

For all those that are proud to be part of our tribe, these are for you and the bumper of your beloved Truck Norris: Continue reading

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It takes skill to drill: what makes a great roughneck?

Do you remember your first day on the rigs? All bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and ready to make some cash? As most first days go, we’re willing to bet the work wasn’t 100% what you expected. Although many of you continued your careers in the oil patch, we all know someone that decided rigging just wasn’t for them.

This had us thinking… what does it take to make it on the rigs? So, we decided to ask the experts! Common sense, safety-focus and desire to learn were all common answers. Here’s what else you had to say. Continue reading

What’s your oil field perspective?

Mexico 506Trinidad just had an anniversary. We’ve been on social media for over a year! During this time, we’ve connected with a lot of hard-working people in the oil and gas industry from around the world. We love receiving your photos of rigs in the field, answering your questions about work in the drilling industry and learning your perspective on oil field life.

That’s why we decided this blog post would be all about you. You’ve read our viewpoint on safety, technology and careers in the oil patch. Now it’s time to feature your voice. We scrolled through our Twitter feed, scoured our LinkedIn page and searched our Facebook comments to find some of your ideas on these important topics. 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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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 life in Manitoba

The location of Trinidad’s rigs in Manitoba.
The location of Trinidad’s rigs in Manitoba.

Vern Falloon has been working in the oil patch for 25 years, and for close to a decade he’s been drilling in his home province of Manitoba. The work there has been so reliable, he’s stopped paying attention to fluctuations in the oil and gas market.

“I’ve worked as much as I want. I have never seen the highs or the lows,” said Falloon, the Rig Manager of Trinidad Rig 10.

When you think of the Canadian oil patch, you probably think of Alberta, but Trinidad Drilling operates five rigs around Virden, Man., where rig work is steady and rig life is a little different than further west. Continue reading