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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.

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Drilling Rig Roughneck / Floorhand Short Courses

1 Year (part-time)

Available at: Drilling Academy (Ste. Madeline)


The Drilling Rig Roughneck course is designed to focus on the operations and duties that are normal to operations on the rig floor during Drilling, Tripping and Casing. The Roughneck is also termed as a Floorhand and is required to be knowledgeable and proficient in handling the tools and downhole components involved in the drilling of a well. The work involves being at the centre of the activities that take place around the well which must be done in a safe manner because of the inherent dangers associated with heavy components, large tools, high mechanical forces and pressures encountered in the circulation system and other operations.

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Drilling Rig Roustabout Short Courses

1 Year (part-time)

PROGRAMME DURATION: 120 HOURS

Available at: Drilling Academy (Ste. Madeline)


The Drilling Rig Roustabout course is designed to provide basic, entry level skills specific to the drilling industry which, like other industries, has a well-established series of job designations and skill sets that form a progression to the higher supervisory and management levels. The Roustabout is often regarded as a labourer-level position which is a very inaccurate description of the actual skills required to fulfil this position. The work involves being at the centre of almost all the activities that take place in the operation of a drilling rig and needs specialised knowledge and skill to ensure that work is perform safely and efficiently.

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Drilling Rig Derrickman Short Courses

1 Year (part-time)

PROGRAMME DURATION: 150 HOURS

Available at: Drilling Academy (Ste. Madeline)


The Drilling Rig Derrickman course provides training at a supervisory level. The Derrickman has far more responsibility and a more complex skill set than a Floorhand, and acts as a supervisor to the crew. The position requires a comprehensive knowledge of the entire Mud System from make-up and mixing of the mud and the materials used, to the maintenance of the Mud and Transfer Pumps. The work also includes testing of the mud qualities and keeping the mud within the specifications required by the driller. The Derrickman has to be proficient in the operations of the Monkey Board and Stabbing Board during Tripping and Casing operations, and is responsible for the maintenance and inspection of the Crown Block, Traveling Block, Swivel and Top Drive. When working on large offshore rigs he must understand and operate the liquid and dry powder material bulk storage and transfer systems. The Derrickman has to fully understand the process of well control and his role and duties during well control operations.

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Drilling Fluids & Circulation Systems Short Courses

1 Year (full-time)

PROGRAMME DURATION: 120 HOURS


This training course was designed to increase the knowledge and awareness of the rig crew and personnel on the role and interaction of the drilling fluids when drilling an oil or gas well. This course is offered exclusively at NESC's Drilling Academy, Ste. Madeline.

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Drilling Rig Mechanic Craftsman

1 Year (full-time)

1 YEAR CRAFTSMAN


The Rig Mechanic programme is specifically designed to equip graduates with the technical knowledge and skill required of a Rig Mechanic, to competently perform routine and non-routine maintenance on the Drilling Rig. This course is offered exclusively at NESC's Drilling Academy, Ste. Madeline.

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