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 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

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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5 things that make Trinidad Drilling rigs stand out

Trinidad Rig 58Trinidad’s rigs stand out. Literally. Trinidad Rig 58, pictured here, is nearly 60-metres high and is one of the largest rigs in North America. But our strength as a drilling contractor is not just about size. It’s about the performance of our rigs in the field.

Jeff Mitton, a Contracts Manager with Trinidad’s Canadian division, helped explain five reasons why Trinidad’s rigs stand out for the crews who work on them and for the customers who work with them. Continue reading

How to ace your first day on the rigs

Rig Manager Steve Stewart (far left) with fellow crew members from Rig 42.
Rig Manager Steve Stewart (far left) with fellow crew members from Rig 42.

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.

Steve Stewart, Rig Manager of Trinidad Rig 42, is in charge of training new crew members who start on his B.C.-based rig.

“The biggest thing I stress about working on drilling rigs is to be aware of your surroundings, ask lots of questions and work safe,” said Stewart, who has been with Trinidad for 11 years.

To help prepare you for your first day, Stewart shared some advice on what green hands can expect and some pointers on how you can put your best foot forward. Continue reading

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4 ways to make rigs safer

Here’s what safety means to us: Every person who works on a Trinidad Drilling rig needs to go home safe every day. Period.

Trinidad is working to continuously improve safety by using advanced technologies to automate potentially dangerous rig activities. However, technology alone can’t keep crews safe. At Trinidad, we’re working to create a safety culture that combines both safe behaviour and safe technology.

Brian Davis, HSE Manager for Trinidad’s U.S. operations, spoke to us about some of the ways Trinidad is taking a proactive approach to safety.

1. STOP unsafe activities

Rig safety is both everyone’s right and everyone’s responsibility, Davis explained. That is why Trinidad’s rigs use the “Look-Out” program, which teaches crew members to look for, stop and report unsafe activities.

“Look-Out is the tool we use to empower our employees on the rigs to identify and stop unsafe conditions or behaviours and get those activities corrected before they proceed with the job,” explained Davis.

Each rig hand carries “Look-Out” observation cards. Once they have stopped an activity, they complete an observation card to ensure steps are taken to prevent the risk in the future. Continue reading