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

Apr 17, 2014

Rig One logoHouston Community College’s visionary program to train the next generation of entry-level roustabout workers is wrapping up its first round of classes. The first four classes to kick off the farsighted Global Oil and Gas Drilling Training program that will change the way crews are recruited, trained and developed will conclude in April. Upon completion of the classes, HCC hosted two student job recruiting fairs.

The 106 Drilling Introduction students met with prospective employers, which include Diamond Offshore Drilling, Maersk Drilling and Atwood Oceanics. Students who have completed all coursework will be able to show International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) Rig Pass® certification, standardized work aptitude WorkKeys® and Career Readiness certification, as well as driving records and criminal background checks, and medical readiness certification.

Drilling industry representatives are working with HCC education experts to create a program that produces better trained candidates for the drilling industry of the future. HCC’s primary curriculum partner is PetroEd®, which is the world’s leading eLearning provider for the oil and natural gas industry. Through SkillGRID® students have access to online oil and natural gas curriculum and Rig Pass® certifications provided by PetroEd®. This allows students an opportunity to build a strong foundation before moving on to advanced hands-on training.

Both PetroEd® and HCC are excited about this innovative approach to training rig workers through a blended learning format. HCC’s Drilling Introduction is an eight-week course that introduces students to various aspects of the petroleum industry, including equipment, systems, instrumentation, operations and various scientific principles. The course addresses a variety of petroleum technologies with emphasis on exploration, drilling, production, transportation, marketing, and chemical processing industries. Students will be able to identify the concepts of exploration, production, refining, marketing and transportation.

Coming Fall 2014, the next phase of training, to be developed with drilling industry experts, will be Roustabout I and II courses. The hands-on classes will be held on Rig One, a safety and skills training facility that will be located at HCC’s Northeast College.

The HCC Global Oil and Gas Drilling Training program is ground-breaking training for the future in response to industry’s call for new ways to meet “the big crew change.” The industry is faced with the need to not only fill the vacant positions of retiring personnel, but to also staff and train crews for approximately 221 offshore drilling rigs currently under construction.

The first group of students celebrated the completion of the Drilling Instruction course March 22. The remaining three classes finished up April 1, April 15 and April 26 on the HCC Northeast Campus.

More details at www.hccs.edu/drillcenter

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