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.

About Rig-One

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.

In the Press


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.

Information Sessions

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HCC’s Global Oil and Gas Drilling Training program wraps up its first classes

Apr 17, 2014

‌Houston Community College’s visionary program to train the next generation of entry-level roustabout workers is wrapping up its first round of classes.

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