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:

  • Drillerís 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.