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Drilling Rig Operations 2 Years (full-time)
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Drilling Rig Operations Diploma

2 Years (full-time)

3 Years (part-time) also available


Available at: Drilling Academy (Ste. Madeleine)


This 2-year programme provides persons with the core skills and competencies required to commence and/or further a career working in the drilling industry. The curriculum was designed to provide a balanced industry-relevant technical training experience, with complementary and applicable theory, including hands-on drilling rig practical exercises to enhance the trainees' understanding of the technical body of knowledge. Practical exercises and assessments are conducted on the Academy's Drilling Rig Facility and in Workshops/Labs.

Entry Requirements

Prerequisites:
  • 4 Ordinary Level (CSEC) passes inclusive of Maths, English and Physic/Chemistry.
    OR
    A recognised CVQ Level 2 / NQF Level 2 qualification in an Engineering Discipline
    OR
    Assessed relevant industry experience in the Drilling Industry. Three (3) years Oil and Gas experience.
    OR
    Successful completion of three (3) Levels of Part-time courses; i.e. Roustabout – Roughneck – Derrickman
  • Be sixteen (16) years or older.
  • Pass an interview.
  • Pass a Drug Test at their cost.

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Contact the NESC for information on programme fees.

Registration Fee: $500 (non refundable)

Graduates will receive an NESC Diploma (and will be eligible to pursue the NESC Journeyman qualification and the Trades Professional Certificate (Red Deer College (RDC), Alberta, Canada)).

Course Objectives

On completion of the program candidates can fill positions in Oil and Gas industry, specifically the Drilling Industry on various levels.

The graduate of the Drilling Rig Operations Program will:

  • Develop a heightened sense of safety in the workplace and environment;
  • Acquire sound knowledge and understanding of the various types of installations, systems, equipment, hand tools and power operated machines used in Rigging and Lifting Procedures at the Wellsite;
  • Operate tools in order to safely fulfil the objectives of the Operator and/or Building Contractors;
  • Read basic rig schematics and following activities as per schematic and/or as instructed by Wellsite Superiors;
  • Understand the concepts of Geological Analysis and Formation Evaluation and their applicability in well planning and recognising a commercial Well;
  • Learn principles associated with the various rig activities/operations, and actively participate in each activity/operation in a safe and efficient manner;
  • Understand the severity of drilling risks and develop plans to mitigate these risks. Identify drilling problems associated with each risk mentioned previously;
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of various levels of personnel in the industry.

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Course Content

NESC Year 1 Trimester 1
  • 1 – Health, Safety, Security & Environment 1 (HSSE – 115)
  • 2 – Health, Safety, Security & Environment 2 (HSSE – 125)
  • 3 – Life Skills and Communication (LSAC – 115)
  • 4 – Introduction to the Petroleum Industry (ITPI – 115)
  • 5 – Rigging, Slinging and Manual Handling (RSMH 115)
NESC Year 1 Trimester 2
  • 6 – Fundamentals of Drilling Operations (FDOP 115)
  • 7 – Drillstem and Downhole Components (DDHC 115)
  • 8 – Applied Physics for Drilling Technicians (PHYS 115)
  • 9 – Rig Mechanics (MECH 115)
  • 10 – Rig Electrical & Hydraulics (ELEC 115)
NESC Year 1 Trimester 3
  • 11 – Introduction to Rig Floor Operations 1 (RFOA 115)
  • 12 – Introduction to Rig Floor Operations 2 (RFOB 125)
  • 13 – Applied Mathematics for Drilling Technicians (MATH 115)
  • 14 – Communication, Leadership and Supervision (COMM 115)
  • 15 – Injury Response on Drilling Rigs (IRDR 115)
NESC Year 2 Trimester 1
  • 16 – Geology for Drilling Technicians (GEOL 215)
  • 17 – Drilling Fluids (DRFL 215)
  • 18 –Circulating & Storage Systems (CASS 215)
  • 19 – Introduction to Well Control (ITWC 215)
  • 20 – Introduction to Directional Drilling (ITDD 215)
NESC Year 2 Trimester 2
  • 21 – Circulating System and Solids Control (CSSC 225)
  • 22 – Well Planning and Operations (WPOP 215)
  • 23 – Measurements and Formation Evaluation (MAFE 215)
  • 24 – Rig Boilers (BOIL 215)
  • 25 – Advanced Rig Floor Operations (ARFO 225)
NESC Year 2 Trimester 3
  • 26 – Advanced Drilling Operations 1 (DROP 215)
  • 27 – Advanced Drilling Operations 2 (DROP 225)
  • 28 – Maintenance for Drilling Technicians (MFDT 215)
  • 29 – Well Control Operations 2 (WCOP 225)
  • 30 – Rig Inspection (RINS 215)
NESC Diploma|NESC Journeyman|Trades Professional Certificate (Red Deer College (RDC), Alberta, Canada)

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