5 reasons you’ll want to work on a Trinidad rig

Trinidad Drilling Rig 39
Trinidad Rig 39, a 1,500 HP AC Walking Triple

Mike Kerik has worked for a few drilling contractors over his 18-year career in the Canadian oil patch.

After spending the last 12 years in Trinidad teal, he’s figured out what makes us stand out – both as a contractor and as an employer. According to Mike, sticking with us has been a bit of a no-brainer.

“High-performance people, modern iron, huge safety records; you name it, Trinidad’s got it,” said Rig 39’s Rig Manager.

Read on as Mike shares five reasons you’ll want to work on a Trinidad rig.

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Trinidad Drilling International Rig Crew Saudi Arabia

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

Trinidad Drilling Drilling Rig 106

5 tips for a roughneck starting their career with Trinidad

When Mike Heier founded Trinidad Drilling in 1996, he knew that as the company grew, he wanted to build awesome rigs while fostering a culture that put people first. By offering on-the-job training and promoting from within, Heier’s visions ring true today – just ask our CEO, Lyle Whitmarsh; our Top Drive Superintendent, Brent Kryzanowski; and our Canadian HSE Compliance Manager, Erika Rocha.

Rig Manager Wayne Adam’s career progression at Trinidad has been no different. Adam’s journey to his current gig on Rig 127 in Saudi Arabia began on Rig 106, when we expanded south of the 49th parallel in 2005. After ten plus years with us, Adam’s opinion of the company hasn’t changed one bit. Continue reading

Trinidad Drilling Rig 136

Trinidad Rig 136: A crew that cooks together, stays safe together

Field Superintendent Thomas McKenzie and the crews on Rig 136 would be the first tell you that working six straight years with no recordable incidents is no small feat. They’re also proof that it’s possible.

Programs like Trinidad’s Reliability Triangle and T.E.S.T. play instrumental roles in building the foundations for a safe rig, but rigs like 136 with significant safety milestones seem to have a little something extra working in their favour; friendships that go beyond the rig floor. Continue reading

Trinidad Drilling Rig 134 celebrates 5 years incident free

Safety first is safety always: a tribute to our crews

Trinidad rigs reach amazing safety milestones

When Trinidad Drilling was created 20 years ago, founder Mike Heier was determined that – along with great performance for its customers and shareholders – his company would be focused on safety.

Trinidad Drilling US Safety Milestones
Trinidad Drilling safety milestones achieved on US rigs as of March 2016

Over the following years, Trinidad developed safety processes and a safety culture that is admired across the industry. Among those processes are T.E.S.T. (essential skills training), where rig hands are trained and assessed on the skills and attitudes required to do their jobs correctly and safely and the reliability triangle, where hands are taught to be proactive when managing all tasks on the rigs. Continue reading

Putting rig crews to the T.E.S.T.: Rig Manager Colin Matthews

Colin Matthews knows it’s important to T.E.S.T. his crew.

The Rig Manager on Rig 40, presently drilling north of Fort St. John, B.C., was trained in implementing Trinidad’s competency-assurance program, also known as Trinidad Essential Skills Training, or T.E.S.T.

So you could say he’s a T.E.S.T. expert — not only on the skills required on a rig, but how to evaluate them.

“It’s a skills training program for all hands that work for Trinidad, be it new hands, or hands that are already working,” said Matthews. “I was also trained to be an assessor.”

The responsibility of an assessor is to evaluate the competencies and skills of the worker as identified by the T.E.S.T. program.

Trinidad crews are among the most skilled and knowledgeable in the drilling business, and we’re committed to growing their careers and keeping them safe. Trinidad therefore created T.E.S.T. to help ensure members of our team have a safe and successful career.

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