Meet Christopher Suitt: motorhand and military man

Christopher Suitt, childhood buddy John, Christopher’s grandpa

Being a soldier is in Christopher Suitt’s blood. Born into a long line of veterans, Suitt’s family has been in the U.S. military for close to 90 consecutive years. His grandfather served, his uncles served, and his cousins continue to serve.

We caught up with the Motorhand on Rig 446 and sergeant in the United States Army, as he finishes up his last hitch before his first overseas tour.

In this Q&A, Suitt talks about why the rigs turned out to be a perfect fit for his military background. Continue reading

Trinidad Rig 123 Pithand Bennie McFerran

5 questions with Pithand, Bennie McFerran, on the safest rig in Trinidad’s fleet

Bennie McFerran is one of the newest guys on Trinidad Rig 123, currently drilling in Reeves County, Texas. Admittedly a bit nervous to start with a new company in November of last year, McFerran’s nerves were quickly put aside when he found out the crew he was joining was coming up on eight years without a recordable incident.

“I’d heard Trinidad was a good company to work for and knew they had nice rigs, but I didn’t know how great the company was until I started. Safety records like this are something special,” said McFerran.

We caught up with the rig’s newest Pithand to find out what it’s like working on the safest rig in Trinidad’s fleet. Here’s what McFerran had to say. 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 it takes skill to drill

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

Trinidad Drilling Rig 123

Celebrating seven safe years on Rig 123

Rig 123, not only an impressive 1500 HP Triple, but also our longest no recordable incidents record holder in the US at seven years (and counting).

Since their start with Trinidad Drilling on Rig 100 in 2005, Rig Managers Dustin Ulcak and Nathan McDonald have seen the company grow from 22 rigs in our US division to 66 rigs today.

Although Ulcak has thoroughly enjoyed every teal green rig he’s worked on in his 11 years with us, he’ll be the first to admit there’s something special about the culture and crews on Rig 123.

“… I look forward to coming to work each hitch. When a man looks forward to going to work, it’s ‘cause he knows it’s a safe and enjoyable place to be.”

When we asked Ulcak about Rig 123’s seven year safety success, it was obvious from the input he received from the crew that they too would describe the rig’s culture as something out of the ordinary.

Read on as Ulcak shares five of the crews’ tried and true tips on keeping everyone safe over the past seven years. Continue reading

Brothers in drilling, Part 2: Haider Almoosa and Aaron Zurfluh, Saudi Rig 128

Aaron Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa
Aaron Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa

A couple of weeks ago, we met Aaron Zurfluh, an Albertan now drilling in Saudi Arabia. In the international atmosphere on Rig 128, Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa have become good friends and co-workers. For them, coming from opposite sides of the world holds no barriers.

When they met a few months ago, the two men hit it off immediately. Now, they work together, eat together, and are friends on Facebook.

Today, we get Almoosa’s take on drilling in his home country, with people not just from Canada but from all over the world.

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Brothers in drilling, Part 1: Aaron Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa, Saudi Rig 128

Aaron Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa
Aaron Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa

They may come from the opposite sides of the world, but Aaron Zurfluh and Haider Almoosa have become brothers in drilling.

When they met a few months ago on Trinidad Rig 128 in Saudi Arabia, the two men hit it off immediately. Now, they work together, eat together, and are friends on Facebook.

Part of that connection may come from having a lot in common: It’s amazing how similar the two men’s backgrounds are. Zurfluh was born on an Alberta farm; Almoosa and his brothers operate a farm in Saudi. And both of them found their way to the rigs.

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