Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.
The rig technician apprenticeship term is 3 years (three 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and 4 weeks of technical training each year.
Once training has been completed, the apprentice writes provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and becomes certified as a journeyperson.
The first period of technical training is 4 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in industry, communication and leadership, rig safety and safety supervision, tools, equipment and rigging and power systems.
The second period of technical training is 4 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in industry, communication, leadership and supervision, drilling fluids, first line blowout protection and derricks.
The third period of technical training is 4 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in leadership, communication and safety management, second line well control, rig operations and drilling operations.