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Drilling & Well Service Technology - Level 1 (for sponsored candidates only)

In collaboration with Norwegian Drilling Academy & Caledonia Training Combine

Introduction

The need for energy sources is well known.  The search for traditional energy resources like oil and gas today is of more importance today than ever before for any economy. In pursuit of this search, drilling for Oil & Gas is rapidly growing across the globe especially in our country.

To get more oil and gas, more and more Drilling units with modern technology are being introduced thus the total number of Drilling units across globe are rapidly increasing. Due to this rapid growth, the need for personnel with the knowledge of petroleum technology, understanding of drilling and well service activity and related aspects of safety and safety regulations is also growing. It is estimated that the need for trained personnel in the next ten years will be more than 50,000 world–wide and a significant numbers of these will be working on drilling units operating in and around India. The Drilling and Well Services Technology (DWST) course thus opens up a new stream of career option in the ever growing Oil & Gas Industry.

Why DWST Course

The DWST program is the first course in Indian Subcontinent of its type, which is aimed at partially meeting the skilled manpower requirements in this ever growing field. There are not many known entry level standards in this industry. Taking a lead, being the pioneers in this field, the Norwegian Government has set standards for training of personnel working on Drilling units and has introduced the certification course which is now a recognized standard world-wide.

DWST course is in accordance with Norwegian Standards and Competency. Upon completion of the program, each successful candidate can seek employment on Drilling units not only in India but also in Norway, Europe and USA.

Accreditation of DWST Program

The program has been accredited by Norwegian Education Department, Government of Norway

Recognition of DWST Program

The program has been recognized by

  • International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC)
  • International Well Control Forum (IWCF)

Career Path

There are several ways to become a Rig Hand. However, the only way to get a strong and safe foundation as a Rig hand, and be ready for the next level training as a Driller and as a Supervisor, is to complete the programme based on the professional skills produced in the DWST Program. The 4 months residential DWST Level 1 is based on the Norwegian training programme and all the subjects therein. After completing the 4 month Level 1 program and with 1.5 – 2 years experience starting from Roustabout to Derrick Man, one can start the Advanced Technical Drilling course which will provide the theoretical competency as a Driller and Supervisor on a drilling rig.  The Advanced Technical Drilling Course is normally completed while simultaneously working full time on the drilling rig and attending courses during off periods. The working experience needed to be an Asst. Driller could be about 3 years and to be a Driller could be 5 years. It may take approximately 10 years to be a Supervisor after completion of the course

Career Path Flow Chart

The above flow chart shows the progression from a Roustabout to a Supervisor (Tool Pusher) and the approximate time take to reach the level of a Supervisor. The above progression is entirely upon the hard work and efforts that will be put in by each candidate.

Placement

Students successfully completing this course will get  placement with the Oil and Gas companies . It is possible to get sponsorship from the oil and gas companies.

Expected Salary

At present level, one can expect Roustabout to be paid in the region of US Dollars 500 per month round the year (or INR approximate 20000 per month) to US Dollars 8,500 per month round the year (or INR approximate 340000 per month) for a Supervisor.

It is important to note that a Rig Hand in India is normally working on a 28 days ON followed by 28 days OFF routine and the time on leave/onshore could be used for further training/education. The boarding and lodging whilst ON period on rigs and transportation to the rig is free.

Future Prospects after completing DWST course

Students successfully completing the DWST program and with 2-3 years of work experience will be able to take up advance drilling course which will promote them to the position of Asst. Driller and above

DWST Program

The DWST Level 1 Course is done in a 4 month period. The study is based on the foundations of Mathematics and Physics competency that is needed for different drilling and well service subjects such as; well control, geology, drilling technology, petroleum technology, drilling mud, production, completion, etc. It is also important for the candidates to gain the competency in verbal communication and technical English commensurate with the safety culture and the working environment on the drilling rig.

The DWST education is distinctive in its emphasis on practical knowledge and skills. Apart from the traditional training in drilling subjects, the drilling operation requires that the candidates be skilled in using onboard workshops and tools for simple repairs and handling special tools in the drilling operation.

The DWST education is unique and the candidates completing this basic drilling course will be trained to immediately start working on the drilling rig. Compared with candidates without such basic drilling education, personnel trained through DWST Program would make a much faster career progression and will be much sought after for permanent employment by the drilling companies.

In addition to the drilling subjects the 4 month course is also providing the candidates with different Safety Training Certificates that are required to work on a rig.

Code of Conduct

The program requires a high level of discipline in terms of personal appearance and conduct, class attendance and participation in sports. All students will be required to wear a standard industry uniform. Residence in the hostel is compulsory for all students for the entire duration of the programme. The Institute strives to instill discipline by encouraging students to participate in various activities that help personality development, team building and feeling of co-operative amity. All students must participate in all scheduled activities, such as physical training, swimming, games and inspections. Students are expected to abide by institute rules at all time while on or off campus during the course period.

Consistent with the requirements of present legislation in the drilling industry, NCT-TMI has a strict Drug and Alcohol Policy with zero tolerance. Non-compliance is dealt with severely and may lead to expulsion. Students are also expected to protect the property of the institute at all times and conduct themselves in a manner so as not to cause any damage. The institute reserves the right to recover from errant students the cost of damage inflicted on any institute property and to take other disciplinary action.

It is mandatory for all NCT-TMI students to learn swimming before they can proceed to the drilling rig. Students must demonstrate their swimming ability by swimming 50 meters (any stroke) and free floating for five minutes both without floating aid in a swimming pool. Coaching is available on campus.

The institute operates a five and a half workweek. The workday commences with a muster at 6:00am followed by 45 minutes of physical training. Thereafter, classes commence at 9:00am and continue to 4:30pm with 75 minutes lunch break. Sports are scheduled for late afternoon, and students are expected to utilize the evenings for self study, assignments and extra curricular activities. Leave of absence is granted only upon the written request of parents. Unauthorized absence is treated as a serious breach of rules. Workshop/Practical sessions require 100% participation. In the event of a deficiency in Workshop participation, it is necessary for students to complete the requisite workshop hours with attendance outside the normal schedule.

Visits of guests are regulated and parents, guardians and personal friends may visit students in hostel only during the specified visiting hours. Ragging on campus is strictly prohibited. Any incidence of ragging is immediately acted upon and the guilty is liable to be dismissed from the Institute.

Drilling & Well Service Training Curriculum

Programme content is divided into 3 main modules:

1. Exploration, Drilling and Completion

  • Earths geological history and its relation to Petroleum resources
  • Different petroleum prospecting methods
  • Different methods for logging and testing.
  • Coring and why it’s done
  • Calculate formation pressures and pressure gradients
  • Construction and operation of different kinds of well control equipment
  • Use of common procedures for well control on a simulator
  • Most common drilling practices and equipment used in drilling
  • Mobile and fixed installations and the main systems onboard
  • General well construction, the reasons for using casing and wellheads, the need for   cementing and methods for cementing.
  • Perform some common laboratory tests of drilling fluids and explain the main functions of the drilling fluids, their compositions and basic chemistry.
  • Construction and operation of common hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical systems used in the drilling and well services operations.
  • Different completion methods
  • Construction of production wells, tubing, wellheads and Christmas trees.
  • Sub Sea completions, how they are operated and the operating systems, umbilical’s etc.

2. Production and Well Services

  • Driving mechanisms of petroleum reservoirs, flow mechanisms and pressure drops through the reservoir, the well and the surface process system.
  • Construction of the production well, tubing, Christmas tree and process plant on the rig.
  • Reasons for production problems and corrective actions.
  • Common procedures for well service operations.
  • Different well kill methods for production wells.
  • Reasons for using Wire line, Coil Tubing and Snubbing.
  • Main principles of the production process.
  • Transport systems for oil and gas to the refineries.

3. Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Assurance

  • Work in a manner that takes into consideration his own health and safety, as well as that of his fellow workers, pertinent to both internal and external work environment, in accordance with rules and regulations.
  • Hazards related to working on pressurized equipment and live wells, and explain the rules and regulations related to such work.
  • Use systems and documents for reporting hazards and accidents, as well as performing fundamental Safe Job Analysis.
  • Reporting, both verbally and in writing, work progress, both in English and native language.
  • Document basic safety training, radio training/communication, training for the use of cranes used in the workers normal work operations, as well as slinging and rigging, etc.

Evaluation

The student will be tested and will receive a grade at the end of each lectured topic. There will be an exam for each main module and an exam at the end of the training including questions from most/all topics lectured. The student needs to pass all topics lectured and all exams to receive the completion of Certificate of Training.

Fees and Estimated Expenses

NCT- TMI has set up this course at a lump sum fees per student for the 4 months residential DWST Level 1 Program at a course fees of INR 3,10,000 (Indian Rupees Three lakhs Ten Thousand only) plus taxes as applicable. Out of this course fees, INR 5000 will be refundable at the end of the course.

The course fee consists of Admission fee, Orientation fee, Tuition Fee, Hostel, Amenities & other activities fee, Examination / Evaluation fee, Uniform, Books, Stationery & Drawing Instruments, Food, laundry etc.

Notes:

  1. Separate charges would be levied at actual costs incurred by the Institute in respect of excursions, visits, medical expenses, personal telephone call charges, etc., if any.
  2. Value added courses, if any, undertaken by the students will attract additional fee.
  3. All amounts due to the Institute are to be paid before the beginning of the course.
  4. Statutory taxes as applicable will be in addition to the above.

Financial assistance

TMI/NCT certificate courses are eligible for educational loans disbursed by the banks. Interested students may approach us or any other bank of their choice directly for financial assistance. In addition, drilling companies can sponsor eligible candidates for this program.  .

Eligibility

Male candidates born before 1 March 1990 are eligible to apply for admission in 2009. The date of birth as recorded on the applicant’s School Leaving Certificate will be considered for this purpose.

Candidates must have successfully completed the Secondary Examination (Class X) and (10 + 2) Science or Diploma in Engineering & above or candidates who have discontinued BE/BTech Courses midway (must have completed at least one year) or Science Graduates with good technical aptitude are eligible to apply for the DWST Level 1 course.

Candidates must meet the minimum physical fitness and medical standards set by NCT-TMI. Colour blindness and persons with congenital diseases are not eligible. It is important to note that any deficiency in this respect would disqualify a candidate from a career in the Drilling Industry subsequently also.

Course Schedule

Will be declared later.

 Applications

Forms will be available here and at TMI counter after declaration of course schedule.