The Rig Technician 3 Program is designed to teach a student how to operate oil and gas drilling rigs. The student will learn how to operate the draw-works, rotary equipment and pumps and supervise the assembly of drill string. He/She will also be responsible for ensuring that safety and support equipment is functioning properly and monitor the progress of the drilling operation and communicate with well-site supervisors.
The Rig Technician 3 Program will generally take a student 1 year to complete. Approx. 4 weeks of the program will be conducted in a classroom setting. After graduation the Rig Technician will be expected to know how to keep a current record of drilling progress, train crew members, introduce procedures which may help the crew to work more safely and effectively, and supervise rig mobilization and de-mobilization.