14 Day - Professional Training Drilling Operations Program for Land and Offshore Drilling Rigs

Students learn the overall operations of what’s involved in drilling a well which includes introduction, people, drilling theory, rig equipment, rig components, roles and responsibilities, oral and hands on Drilling Rig demonstrations and exams to assess their learning abilities. Once completed, students should be able to work safely and effectively among co-workers with a clear understanding of what’s happening around them.

Who should attend this program: 

Any individual seeking the knowledge of Drilling Operations to provide a service recommended for: Office Personnel, 3rd Party Contractors, Entry Level Employees, Tradesmen, Engineers, Drilling Crew, Deck Crew, Crane Operators, Rig Move Captain, Rig Move Offshore Installation Manager,  Office Based Geologists, Office Based Logistics Coordinator and Logistics Supervisor, Casing Running Personnel / Casing Crew (non-supervisory), Downhole Equipment Specialists / Operators, Measurement While Drilling and Logging While Drilling (MWD / LWD) Personnel, Surveying Engineer, or Operator Other Non - Supervisory and Non – Critical Drilling or Intervention Personnel, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Personnel (Non – Supervisory), Well Control Trainers – In House or Commercial (For Awareness Course), Supply and Support Vessel Watch Officers and Captains, Oilfield Equipment Repair Personnel, Tubular and Rig Inspection Personnel Wireline / Slickline Crews (Non –Supervisory)

Cost of the Program $3200.00 CDN includes $500.00 non refundable registration fee.  Students are responsible for acquiring their own accommodations in North Sydney for the duration of the 14 day training. Please check with the Clansman motel on Peppett Street for rates or with many of the B&B accommodations within walking distance of the campus.


Drilling Operations Program - Day 1   

Introduction  History   Companies and People  Petroleum producers, drilling and sub contractors  Chain of command Responsibilities and Contracts  Rig personnel and their responsibilities  Drilling contracts  Rotary Drilling Versus Cable Tool Drilling  Introduction to rotary and cable tool drilling Advantages and disadvantages  Types of Rigs  Land rigs  Mobile offshore rigs, Offshore platforms and support vessels  9:00am - 4:00pm   

Drilling Operations Program - Day 2   

Oil & Gas Characteristics  Introduction to hydrocarbons and reservoirs  Basic concepts of geology  Pressure and temperature   Formations and Structures  Formation traps and tectonic plates  Structural and stratigraphic formations  Normal and abnormal pressures  The Drill Site  Choosing a rig site  Preparing the location  Moving Equipment to the location   Rigging Up  Substructures and rig floor  Raising the derrick or mast  Rigging up additional equipment   Offshore rig-up  9am - 4:00pm 

Drilling Operations Program - Day 3  

Rig Components  Power Systems mechanical and electrical  Advantages and disadvantages  Rig Components Hoisting Equipment  Slip & cut   Inspection and maintenance   Rig Components Rotary System  Rig Components  Circulation System  Mud cleaning equipment  Types of drilling fluids and its purpose  Building of base muds and mixing equipment 9:00am - 4:00pm   

Drilling Operations Program - Day 4    

Normal Drilling Operations  Drill stem assembly  Kelly, Top drive and Downhole motors   Making a connection  Preparing for a trip  Normal Drilling Operations Making a connection  Preparing for a trip  Tripping in and out of the hole  Tripping with either a Kelly, Top Drive or Pipe Racker  Normal Drilling Operations (con’t) Annulus design (well bore)  Running Casing  Types of casings   Normal Drilling Operations (con’t)  Drilling ahead  Drilling to final depth (TD)  Laying down pipe 9:00am - 4:00pm 

Drilling Operations Program - Day 5 

Formation Evaluation  Examining cuttings and drilling mud  Well logging  Completing The Well (con’t)  Drill stem testing  Coring   Completing The Well (con’t)  Setting production casing or liner  Perforating the well  Running tubing or coil tubing  Completing The Well (con’t)   Installing the Christmas tree  Acidizing  Fracturing 9:00am - 4:00pm   

Drilling Operations Program - Day 6   

Special Operations  Directional and horizontal drilling  Fishing   Special Operations (con’t)  Well Control   Rig Safety  Rig floor safety  The dos and don’ts when working the rig floor  A clean and tidy rig is a safe rig  How team work is measured   Environmental Concerns (con’t)  Pollution  Preventative measures 9:00am - 4:00pm  

Drilling Operations Program - Day 7   

Program Review  Review with instructor Final Review And Exam (con’t)  Review questions and discussion with instructor  One hour closed book written exam   Group Study (con’t)  Class broken up in groups for oral study   Oral Competence Assessment Review and Final Exam  Oral review questions and discussion with instructor  Oral competency exam 9:00am - 4:00pm   

Drilling Operations Program - Day 8

(IADC) International Association of Drilling Contractors WellSharp® Well Control Awareness Accreditation Level for Drilling Operations For Land and Offshore Students will learn the topics on Drilling Operations and of what’s involved in Well Control at an Awareness Level and upon completion have the ability to demonstrate the skill and knowledge pertaining to the following outline as delivered.

Awareness Level Drilling Operations Overview

2.1 Drilling A Hole Purpose - Characteristics - The Drilling Process - The Completion Process

2.2 Controlling Pressure Pressure - Reason For Control - Kick Versus Blowout - Controlling Pressure

2.3 Purpose of Drilling Fluid Mud Functions - Main Constituents - Weighing Agents

2.4 Purpose of The Blowout Preventer Function - Main Components - Operation

2.5 Kick Prevention Well Planning - Kick Prevention Practices

2.6 Kick Monitoring Detection Instrumentation - Crew's Response

2.7 Shut-In Procedures (Surface and Subsea) Shut-In Procedure

2.8 Well Control Methods Well Control Methods

2.9 Question and Answer Sessions General Answer and Question Period

GOVERNMENT, INDUSTRY AND COMPANY RULES, ORDERS AND POLICIES EXPLAINED THROUGHOUT THE PROGRAM Maritime Drilling Schools has adhered to IADC principles and achieved a core curriculum that meets the Well Control accreditation for Awareness Level Drilling operations.

Drilling Operations Program - Day 9 and 10


This program will review the OH&S regulation for forklift. Students will learn forklift theory, general safety rules e.g. refueling lift trucks, battery charging and recharging, pre operational checks, operational checks and practical hands on competency training. Course duration 2 days 9:am - 4:00pm (14hrs)

Drilling Operations Program - Day 11 and 12


This program will cover the standard level and CPR level of St. John Ambulance First Aid training requirement using practical hands on and scenario situations. Course duration 2 days 9:00am – 4:00pm (14hrs)

Drilling Operations Program - Day 13


This program will introduce students H2S properties and environments.  How to properly protect yourself using hands on demonstration donning a self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and demonstrating the use of a (Multi Meter) personal portable monitors for detection and hands on rescue techniques. Analysis of Hydrogen Sulfide case studies will be introduced. Course duration 8:30 - 5:00pm (8hrs)

Drilling Operation Program - Day 14


This course covers the Workplace Hazardous Information System. This system will cover introduction and recognition of WHMIS controlled products, its labels, MSDS and responsibilities, worker education programs, personal protective equipment, terms and regulation. What is fire? This program will also review the causes and prevention of fires. Training in the utilization of various types of extinguishing agents and extinguishers is used in fighting fires. Students learn about offshore fire teams, their duties, what to expect being a member of such a unique team and fire drill participation. Course duration 1 day 8:30pm - 5:00pm (8hrs)