Drilling School


We established a Drilling School in 1985 with the assistance of Reading and Bates Drilling Company of Houston, Texas, Trinidad and Tobago Oil Company Ltd. and Trinidad and Tobago Petroleum Company Ltd. From our foreign associate, who incidentally possesses one of the finest oilfield training facilities in the world, we accessed their literature, videos, slides and other training material. Our employees undergo oilfield training and are required to take refresher courses in all phases of the operation with particular emphasis on Blow Out Prevention. All Oil Companies in Trinidad have enrolled their oilmen in our school to participate in the courses and to use the Rig Floor Simulator which is a special feature in our training. Our Drilling School is certified by the Ministry of Education in Trinidad, and is recognised and approved by the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC).

Utilizing audio-visual training aids and a CS Inc. Model DS-20 FS/WS Rig Floor Simulator, training in all aspects of Drilling Technology is possible where well conditions are simulated in the classroom, and students can be shown the causes, effects and solutions to well problems.

The Rig Floor Simulator consists of six panels.

  • Driller's Console
  • Choke Control Panel
  • B.O.P. Control Panel
  • Standpipe Manifold
  • Choke Manifold
  • Computer Control / Keyboard

along with a simulation computer and two SVGA Monitors. It is capable of simulating a wide range of drilling, Well Control and workover problems which include multiple gas, oil and saltwater kicks.

With the use of the Rig Floor Simulator, several problems such as Well Control operations, Drilling, Tripping, Key Seating, Washed Out Jets, Bit Bearing Failure, Washed Out Choke, Plugged Choke, Drill String Twist Off, Drill String Washout, failure of any B.O.P. in the stack, etc. can be taught.

The Mud System consists of Pumps, Tanks, Pit and Flow Monitors including alarms, pressure gauges and drilling fluids. A multiplier switch is installed to enable the student to complete any exercise in the shortest possible time. Bit parameters, the type of kick, formation drillability and formation fracture gradients can all be changed from the computer keyboard.

With these facilities, training of the entire rig crew from Roustabout up to Toolpusher and Drilling Superintendent can be accomplished.



Introduction to Drilling Equipment and Operations and Roustabout Training

The Roustabout course is an introduction to drilling equipment and its uses. This course uses the Introduction to Drilling Equipment and Operations handbook as its base and is supplemented by slide tapes and classroom lectures. Each section of the course has a short quiz to provide feedback to the student. The course is for Roustabouts, but would also be useful for Engineers, Radio Operators, Crane Operators, Trainees or anyone who has no previous knowledge of the oil sector. This course follows the Criterion Reference Instruction technique where the student works at his own pace.


Floorman Well Control

This course meets the standard of the Ministry of Energy and IADC training required for Floormen. This includes B.O.P. equipment, obvious warning signs of a kick, Choke Manifold and Standpipe arrangements. In addition, this includes Care and Handling of Tubulars, Drill Bits, Running Casing, Fundamentals of Cementing, Safe use of Catheads/Air Hoists and safe rig floor practices. Duration of the course is three days.


Derrickman Well Control

The Derrickman’s course meets the standard of the Ministry of Energy and the IADC training required for Derrickmen. This includes drilling fluids, warning signs of kicks, well control operations and B.O.P. equipment. In addition, this includes the maintenance and repair of positive displacement Pumps, Centrifugal Pumps and Solids Control equipment. The course is scheduled for three days, and it is intended for Derrickmen and Assistant Derrickmen.


Introduction to Well Control

This course is designed for the Driller, Assistant Driller, Headman, Dernckman, Floorman and Roustabouts, who require prior training towards achieving standards necessary for doing the Basic Well Control and the Well Servicing/Workover Practices.   The training goes into detail and expands the knowledge gained on Well Control in the Introduction to Drilling Equipment and Operations course. This course also follows the Criterion Reference Instruction Technique.


Basic Well Control

The Basic Well COntrol course meets the standard of the Ministry of Energy and the JADC for the Toolpusher, Tourpusher, Driller and Headman. This includes B.O.P. equipment, causes of kicks, warning signs of kicks, close-in procedures, closing units, Well killing techniques and special well control problems. A Rig Floor Simulator is used to give each student hands-on practice in Well Control situations. Each student will receive a Ministry of Energy/IADC approved Well Control Manual for use during the course and future reference. Before certification, each student must pass a written examination and a simulator exam. This course is intended for personnel as stated above as well as Superintendents and Managers. Duration of this course is four days.


Refresher Well Control

The Well Control Refresher is an annual recertification of Well Control training as required by the Ministry of Energy and the IADC. During the course the student receives instruction similar to the Basic Well Control but in a condensed form. The main part of the course is hands-on practice and testing on the simulator. The student must pass a theory and a simulator examination to receive certification. Duration of this course is two days.


Drilling Operations

The Drilling Operations course is intended for the Toolpusher, Tourpusher, Driller, Assistant Driller and Headman. This course covers information and calculations necessary for the performance of their jobs, including Bits, Bit Hydraulics, Drill Stem Design, Drilling Line and Ton Mile calculations, Downhole problems, good drilling/tripping practices and safety. This course includes the use of the simulator for analyzing downhole problems. Each student receives a drilling Manual for use during the course and for future reference. The duration of this course is 10 days.


Pump Maintenance

The Pump maintenance course is designed for the Derrickman and Assistant Derrickman with particular attention to the skills needed for Preventative Maintenance and trouble-shooting the common problems occuring on the rig. This course is scheduled for three days.


Effective Supervision

This course is designed for developing the leadership skills in Managers and Supervisors, and can be completed in five days.


Drilling Fluids and Solids Control

This course is for all personnel who are responsible for the treatment of the Mud system on the rig with special emphasis on the maintenance of the Solids Control equipment. Duration of this course is three days.


Working Safely

This course teaches the skills necessary for personnel to work in a safe and healthy environment, thereby keeping accidents to a minimum and eliminating the causes. This course is scheduled for two days.


Care and Handling of Tubulars

This course is designed to teach and ensure proper and safe handling of all Tubular products on the rig, and can be completed in one day.


Well Servicing / Workover Practices and Well Control

This course meets the required standard of the Ministry of Energy and the IADC and is primarily for Production and Workover Supervisors. Subjects include Completion Methods, Production Equipment, Care and Handling of Sucker Rods, Well Cleanout and Well Control. Hands-on practice on a Rig Floor Simulator is done to familianse all students with downhoie problems. Each student receives a Ministry of Energy approved Manual for use during the course and for his future reference. Duration of this course is five days.


Barge Move and Jacking Procedures

This course is designed to give a thorough understanding of the correct procedures and practices to be adopted during and after a Barge Move. Included are calculations necessary for the afloat loading, jacked-up loading and the variable loading on the rig. This course is scheduled for one day.


Crane Operational Safety

This course teaches the skills necessary for personnel to work in a safe environment including the legal requirements for Crane Operations and the proper signals to be used. This course can be completed in two days.


H2S Awareness

This course teaches the student the composition and hazards of H2S and the working methods in such an environment.  Donning of the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) is done in the classroon where the student must exhibit proficiency with its use.  This course is done in one day and is supplemented with videos.