HCC Global Oil and Gas Drilling Training Center
Introducing a visionary project that will lead the way drilling crews are recruited, trained and developed. HCC educators have been working with drilling contractor representatives on an advisory committee to create a vision and set the guidelines of how to achieve a better solution for the big crew change: trained, technically educated, safety skilled and promotable new hires!
That vision is founded on creating a realistic rig environment for new hire induction, orientation and training. The goal is to provide drilling contractors with a premier source for retainable, promotable and safety-conscious entry-level rig crew members.
For drilling contractors the HCC Global Oil and Gas Drilling Training Center offers relevant, robust and industry-driven training at a first class facility designed by and for the drilling industry in collaboration with one of the nation’s largest community colleges: HCC.
What is Rig-One?
HCC is constructing a Safety and Skills Training Laboratory on their Northeast Campus, home of the HCC Global Oil and Gas Drilling Training Center. This training lab platform is named the” RIG-ONE” and it replicates the essential components of the rig work environment for new hires (Offshore Roustabouts/Onshore Roughnecks). The intense two-week safety and hands-on skills program will immerse trainees in the RIG-ONE Experience.
- Multiple level deck areas to learn safe skills in pipe, cargo handling and personnel transfer while working around cranes, forklifts and air tuggers.
- Dedicated areas for skills including material handling, tank cleaning, confined space entry, routine maintenance and hand tool skills.
- General rig-based safety skills such as Basic first aid, firefighting, station bills and muster, lock-out/ tag-out.
- Fundamental survival and transportation safety such as Helicopter Underwater Evacuation Training and Safe Driving are integrated into this real world experience.
- Training curriculum is aligned with the International Association of Drilling Contractors Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) profiles.
- Credentials and certificates will include courses accredited by IADC.
Two weeks at the Rig Safety and Skills Training Laboratory is more than just the usual training of new hires. It is an experience! Trainees confront, daily, real-life situations requiring aptitude, knowledge and skills. The HCC Northeast Campus is the home site for the HCC Global Oil and Gas Drilling Center.
Why is Rig-One needed?
While strategies and programs for induction and orientation training abound, three historical facts have changed very little:
Retention: Newly hired employees still abandon their drilling jobs at a high rate.
Injury: IADC Statistics show that nearly 40% of rig-based accidents resulting in injury happen with crew members in their first 180 days of work.
Growth: Burgeoning rig utilization and new construction show that the requirement for new personnel is not just numbers. It is also the need for quality personnel. The “new crew” must not only perform basic duties safely, but must also have the skills and abilities to be promoted and grow within the company.
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|What is the cost for the program?||The final tuition has not been set or approved yet.|
|Is there and age limit?||No. However, the work is physically demanding and work shifts are typically 12-hours per day.|
|What are the requirements?||The program will mirror the offshore industry’s employment requirements in order to qualify for the Rig One Experience. Generally, a person must have a background clear of felonies and major misdemeanors, physical capability, be drug-free and have a mechanical or technical ability. More details will be presented during the orientation session.|
|Do you have to have GED?||Drilling contractors typically require a GED or high school diploma. The program will mirror the industry requirements in order to qualify.|
|Do you need a TWIC (Transportation Workers Identification Credential) card?||Drilling contractors frequently require a TWIC be either “in-hand or in process.” The Rig One Experience will mirror the industry requirements in order to qualify and this requirement is under consideration now. No final decision has been made.|
|Will there be funding for Veterans?||HCC is working with the VA to identify ways and means for veterans to have their tuition paid. Veterans are commonly sought after by drilling contractors and are a preferred hire for them.|
|Will the class start?||Plans are to begin in the early spring. Our target is late January. It may start later because of several reasons beyond HCC’s control.|
|How long will the class be?||There are several options open to students in this industry, including existing HCC programs. The roustabout training or Rig One Experience will probably be fourteen consecutive days.|
|Is there guaranteed employment?||No, HCC does not guarantee employment. Drilling contractors have been part of the program because they project hiring over 24,000 qualified people in the next three years. They are very interested in this program and have guided HCC.|
|Will class take place Monday through Friday?||Each class section will run everyday including weekends for fourteen days, probably for 12 hours per day.|
|What campus will the training take place?||Northeast Campus.|
|Is there a limited amount of people?||Yes. Each class section will be limited to probably 20 people in a section. Several sections are being scheduled for the spring and summer.|
|Is there a gender preference?||No. There are physical tasks, generally involving lifting, twisting, grasping and climbing. A person must be physically fit and able to lift around 75 to 100 pounds. Roustabouts move cargo and pipe under the direction of a crane operator.|
|Will there be a certification award upon completion?||Plans include two IADC certificates. There may be other industry certificates based on our advisory committee’s input.|
|Will financial aid or scholarships be offered?||We are working with HCC Foundation and other agencies to identify scholarships.|
|What steps must one complete for enrolled/registration?||There will be an orientation in October on Northeast Campus. We would like to invite you to attend if you will give us your contact information.|
|Will certified professional be instructing the course?||The instructors will have drilling industry experience and credentials the meet HCC’s requirements for professional faculty.|
|Will books be provided?||All instructional materials will be included in the cost.