The Rig Technician trade has a work-based entrance requirement.  Employees must have floorhand experience before they can register to apprentice.  Go here to find out how to prepare an application for a floorhand position.

From Roughneck to RigTech

Experienced floorhands are promoted when their employer recognizes they have the skills and competencies to take on the more senior crew position, the motorhand. The employer will work with a new motorhand to register them as an apprentice.

The Rig Technician trade gives you the training you need to advance your career from a junior motorhand to a journeyman-certified driller.

The Rig Technician trade has 3 periods.  For each period, an apprentice:

  • logs 1500 hours of on-the-job training (OJT); and
  • completes a 4-week technical training course.

Note: Leasehands, floorhands and rig managers are not part of the trade. Hours worked in these positions cannot be counted toward OJT hours.

The Rig Technician trade is unique in that the program content and requirements are the same across western Canada.*

Rig employees work away from home.  This means sometimes they work in one province but live in another. 

CAODC understands this unique aspect of the drilling workforce and worked to ensure even though the trade was managed by several different provincial apprenticeship divisions, all divisions would offer identical programs. 

CAODC encourages drilling rig employees to register their apprenticeship with their home province.  By registering with the home province, an apprentice is able to take technical training closer to home and can take exams or provide paperwork locally.

Because the program is identical across provinces, regulators and employers always understand an apprentice’s level of training.

*Most trades aren’t deemed equivalent between provinces until after program completion when the journeyman writes an exam for a Red Seal certification on their journeyman certificate.