20-Day Pre Employment Floorman (Roughneck) For Land and Offshore Drilling Rigs.

The 20 day course of instruction in Pre Employment Floorman (Roughneck) / Drillers Helper Training will consist of drilling programs, hands-on rig training, and industry safety programs. Life skills and job readiness will also be included during the program.

Program Outline: Established to train individuals who are looking to work in the drilling industry in whole i.e. oil & gas, mining, service and supply.



20 Day-Pre Employment Floorman (Roughneck) Training Program For Land and Offshore Drilling Rigs

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***Boot Camp*** The 20 day course of instruction in Pre Employment Floorman (Roughneck) / Drillers Helper Training will consist of drilling programs, hands-on rig training, and industry safety programs. Life skills and job readiness will also be included during the program. Hands-on rig training will only be offered to those who take the course in North Sydney. Program Outline: Established to train individuals who are looking to work in the drilling industry in whole i.e. oil & gas, mining, service and supply. This program will provide an individual with an in-depth knowledge of drilling operations and safety applications tailored specific to working on a drilling rig or work providing a service or supply to the drilling industry. This training is career based and is recommended to those individuals who intend to stay and work in this field as an occupation. Please read the below program contents and follow up by reviewing the start dates and registering on the tab at the bottom of the page.

A Primer of Oilwell Drilling:
Clearly explains drilling to non-technical persons. Drilling rigs have many, many parts and rig personnel do many, many things; as a result, it is hard to make the drilling process understandable. To help students understand, however, this course not only describes parts and techniques in simple terms, it also tells why a part or a technique is necessary. What is more, photos and drawings show the equipment, the personnel, and many of the operations described in text.

Roughneck Training Series Video Programs:
Students will also experience making a connection, making a trip in and out of the hole, caring and use of tongs, what are slips and laying down pipe. Students will complete an exercise following each video program.


Video Programs: An introduction to Oil & Gas and Operations Offshore Makin' Hole: How Oilwells and Diamond Coring are Drilled Part I: Care and Use of Tongs Part II Laying Down Pipe Part III Making a Connection Part IV Making a Trip Part V: Care and Handling of Rotary Slips Safe Practices in Marine & Offshore Drilling & Workover Handling and Running Casing The Petroleum Industry Offshore Fire Prevention Offshore Crane Safety (New Addition) So you wanna be a Roughneck? (New Addition) Supporting tools for delivering this course ( video, slides and powerpoint multimedia presentations ) help show practical application at work. General Safety, Safety Programming and safe operation in handling of equipment will also be discussed throughout the program. Training will consist of 5 days 9:00am-4:30pm. Upon completion of study, students are required to complete a 1 hour closed book final exam with a minimum pass mark of 70 percent. In addition the following programs are to be completed.


(IADC) International Association of Drilling Contractors WellSharp® Well Control accreditation for Introductory Level Drilling Operations


IADC- WellSharp  Introductory Level Well Control Drilling Operations for Land and Offshore Drilling Rigs


Students will learn the topics of what’s involved in Well Control at an Introductory Level and upon completion have the ability to demonstrate the skill and knowledge pertaining to the following outline as delivered. Learning objectives will be delivered in the following AIM level of knowledge and Skill Level required at the job level. A -  Awareness of learning topic, I – for increased knowledge of topic at job level and M – Mastery full knowledge of topic at job level.

Introductory Level  - Day 1

Well Control Concepts & Calculations

Well Control Terminology & Formation Characteristics 

Formation Fluids and Pressure

Mud Hydrostatic Pressure 

Bottom Hole Pressure



Formation Strength 

Shallow Gas 



Pressure and Volume Calculations

Force, Area, Pressure 

Hydrostatic Pressure 

Volume of Pits 

Pipe Displacement & Capacity 

Annular Capacity & Volume 

Mud & Pit Management

Mud Functions 

Types of Muds 


Completion Fluid 

Mud Weight & Viscosity

Mud Balance 

Risk Management

Risk Management 

Causes of Kicks

Reduction of Mud Weight or Mud Level 

Mud Weight 


Failure to Keep Hole Full 

Swabbing & Surging 

Abnormal Formation Pressure 

Abnormal Warning Signs

Cutting and Cavings – Shape, Size, and Volume 

Mud Condition

Consequence of Not Communicating 

Kick Detection

Pit Gain 

Mud Flow 

Flow with Pump Off 

Incorrect Hole Fill

Well Monitoring Alarms 

Why Early Detection is Critical

Difficulty with Detection – Subsea 

False Kick Indicators

Shut-In Procedures and Verification (Surface and Subsea)

Shut-In Process – Surface 

Shut-In Process – Subsea


Question and Answer Period


Introductory Level - Day 2

Post Shut-In and Monitoring Procedures

Record Keeping – Pit Level

Well Control Drills




Well Control Methods

Main Methods: Driller’s and Wait & Weight 

Role of Crew During a Well Kill

Question and Answer period

Kill Sheet

Kill Sheets


Pit Level

Mud Returns

Suction and Return Pits

Mud Mixing Equipment

Mud Cleaning Equipment

Trip Tank System & Trip Monitoring

Design of BOP System within Kill Process 

Correct Manifold Alignment

Surface and Subsea Variations

Well Control Equipment Test

Annulars – Surface and Subsea

Rams – Surface and Subsea 

Wellheads & Connectors

Choke & Kill Lines, HCRs & Failsafe’s, String Valves & Floats 

Standpipe Manifold 

Choke Manifold


Pump & Stroke Counter

Pressure Gauges

Closing Unit & Control Panel: Basic Function – Surface and Subsea 

Mud Gas Separator & Degasser – General Purpose in Well Control

Question and Answer Period

Introductory Level Closed Book Exam

Practical Elements will be delivered pending Contractor Site permission


Maritime Drilling Schools has adhered to IADC principles and achieved a core curriculum that meets the Well Control accreditation for Introductory Level Drilling operations. This program will be offered in conjunction with the Pre Employment Floorman (Roughneck) Program. Course duration 2 day (9am - 6pm)

(IADC) International Association of Drilling Contractors HSE RIG PASS® accreditation with Land and Offshore Endorsement

The HSE RIG PASS accreditation system was designed to meet two requirements:

To identify core elements of training programs for new rig employees, andTo provide a means of recognizing programs that adhere to those elementsAn effective safety orientation program is a vital element in today’s energy industry. RIG PASS® has developed a standard core curriculum that is worldclass. The curriculum was established by the drilling industry’s leading professionals and prepares employees for almost any operating environment, at almost any site, onshore or offshore. RIG PASS® has been awarded to oil & gas companies worldwide from Europe to Australia, Canada and the United States. Maritime Drilling Schools Limited is the first institution in Canada to be award the RIG PASS® accreditation. The program was developed and is administered by the International Association of Drilling Contractors, a worldwide organization comprising of contractors, producers and service companies in the energy industry.


A RIG PASS® card shows the bearer has completed RIG PASS® instruction with offshore endorsement as defined by the drilling industry’s leading safety and training professionals. Students will complete this program followed by a written exam he or she must pass. The curriculum includes 12 basic modules applicable to any operation. Course duration 1 day 9:00am-4:30pm 

General Safety Materials Handling

Personal Protective Equipment First Aid

Hazard Communications and Materials Handling The Worksite Environment

Occupational Health Emergency Response

Specialized Work Procedures Offshore Transportation

Fire Safety Emergency Response

RIG PASS® is referenced in both API RP59 “Recommended Practice for Well Control” and RP 64,“ Recommended Practice for Diverter Systems, Equipment and Operations.”

Industry Safety Objective:
Students are also required to pass the following Industry Safety Programs which consist of 12 days. The objective of the courses is to provide practical "hands on" knowledge and skills.

Method of Instruction:
The course is instructed in a classroom. Participants are given a series of scheduled lectures, and whenever possible, are involved in practical exercises.

Resource Equipment:
Information sheets and packages will be provided for most of the lectured subjects. Other equipment and materials will include a comprehensive library of VHS and sound on slide presentations and a reference library which includes the following texts:

Handbook for riggers St. John Ambulance F.A. Handbook Crane Handbook Occupational Health and Safety Act Rigging Manual < >Mobile Crane Manual CSA Codes for Cranes

Hoisting & Rigging Safety:
This program will review OH&S regulation and the hazards associated with rigging. Participants will learn the operational procedures to determine load weights and the weights of common materials. The participant will learn the (SWL) safe working loads, safety factors and the rule of thumb formulas for wire and fibre ropes, sling angles and configurations. The participant will also learn the safe use of other rigging hardware e.g. pendant, pelican and other safety hooks, different types of shackles and slings and their applications. Students will be introduced to color code, container and half height inspections used on most land and offshore oilrig operations along with planning, assessment, inspection and maintenance techniques of rigging hardware. Trainees will properly learn slinging of drillpipe, casing, drill collars proper loading of containers, half heights and proper restraint used for offshore transport. Trainees will learn the different types of crane configurations, factors affecting crane capacity and hand signals used to safely move oilfield equipment including loading and back-loading of supply boats. Safety DO's and Don’ts while working around lifts and heights. Course duration 2 days 8:30 am-4:00pm


Fall Protection & Scaffolding:
This program will review OH&S regulation. What is fall protection? When to use fall protection and the different types of fall protection e.g. entering confine spaces, heights including working in the derrick and working over the side. Demonstration of proper utilization of fall arrest systems and its components e.g. safety or inertia reels, safety lines, harnesses and lanyards. The student will also learn the various types of scaffolding and safe erection and work loads. Course duration 2 days

8:30 am-4:00pm

Basic Fire Safety:
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 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 1/2 day 12:00-4:00pm 

Confined Space Entry:
This program will review the OH&S regulation for confine space. The Student will learn the knowledge and skills required to identify, plan and execute entry into a confine space area e.g. tanks including P-tank pre load, spud, ballast, pit, and crane columns. Students learn preparation of work procedures and entry permits, atmospheric testing and proper (PPE) personal protective equipment. Course duration 2 days (8:30 - 4:00pm)

Enform (PITS) H2S Alive® or H2S Awareness:
This program will introduce students to H2S properties and environments. How to properly protect yourself using hands on demonstration of donning self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and demonstrating the use of (multi - meter) personal portable monitors for detection and hands on rescue techniques. Analysis of hydrogen sulfide case studies. Course duration 1 day 8:30am-4:00pm

Forklift Operator Safety Training:
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

2 days 8:30 am-4:00pm

Standard First Aid & CPR:
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 8:30 am-4:00pm 

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 . Course duration 1/2 day 8:30pm-12:00pm

(OH&S) Occupational Health & Safety:
This course will explain the Act and Regulation to those who work in a occupational working environments. Included throughout safety courses.

Students require a medical stating they are physically fit to participate in the practical training provided in this program. Students may opt out of the practical function and continue with classroom instruction as this program will benefit those interested in the service and supply end of the industry. Tradesmen who want to learn more about the industry will also benefit with this program as all applications of the drilling processes are covered.

Students will be responsible to bring hardhats, safety glasses, coveralls, steel toed boots and gloves for the hands-on aspect of training.

Program can be cancelled anytime without notice if insufficient number of students apply. The school is not responsible for any out of pocket expenses. students can re apply for the following program or receive back their registration fee.

Students have access to accommodations for the 20 day period at a cost of CDN $800.00 Students also have access to a world class state of the art fitness training centre for an additional fee of CDN $50.00

(Students will receive12 wallet size certificates)

Important Notice

Students interested in this program must make contact with the persons identified in the Contact A Campus section of this website. New England States residents from Portland, Boston and New York City area are encouraged to attend (MDS) Energy Training Center in Nova Scotia, because of the lesser traveling requirements. Accommodations are available at the MacDonald House school residence located in Nova Scotia. Call 1-866-807-3960 for further details.

Please be advised as previous students had very good success following the forwarding process to entering Canada with a criminal record. As a general rule, Canada does not allow persons with criminal records including DUI's to enter into their country, although travellers who require in-depth information regarding the process of applying for a waiver or other admissibility questions can call Canada Border Services Agency. Almost all convictions (including DUI, DWI, reckless driving, negligent driving, misdemeanor drug possession, all felonies, domestic violence (assault IV), shoplifting, theft, etc) can make a person inadmissible to Canada, regardless of when they occurred. It is possible to enter Canada however and persons with the above convictions should follow this process as describe:  Contact Canada Border Services Agency during regular business hours, Monday to Friday 8:00 - 16:00 local time, except holidays by calling either 506-636-5064 or 204-983-3500.