Roughneck Training Series

A roughneck has a ton of duties around a rig, but none as important as getting that pipe in and out of the hole as quickly as possible, and safely. This set of video presentations assist rotary helpers, or roughnecks, in learning about proper care and handling of the drill stem and other equipment. Each installment covers the operation and maintenance of all equipment necessary for the procedure. The series also includes a helpful self-test workbook. Sponsored by the International Association of Drilling Contractors.

Parts I-IV, 1983. Part V, 1999. Video production.

Catalog #FormatPrice 
62.1125 Streaming $195.00
65.1125 DVD $293.00

Click on the links below to watch clips for the titles included in this series and purchase them individually.

Part I: Care and Use of Tongs
Like any job that demands precision and accuracy, your tools have to be right for the job and kept in good working condition, and no tool is as important to the roughneck as the drill pipe tongs. This video presentation describes the two-point bite and three-point bite types of tongs and points out proper use and maintenance. 1983, 12 minutes. Comes with a workbook.

Part II: Laying Down Pipe
After total depth has been reached, roughnecks must pull out and lay down the pipe. Rigging down and moving the rig should be done with as much care as drilling. All the equipment will be used on another job, so it is important that roughnecks do their job right. This video shows how drill pipe and drill collars should be laid down, inspected, and prepared for transport to the next location. 1983, 11 minutes. Comes with a workbook.

Part III: Making a Trip
After making hole for a little while, it’s time to change the bit and make a trip, or taking all of the drill string out of the hole, standing it in the derrick, changing the bit, and putting the drill string back in the hole. This requires all crew members on a rig to be present, safe, and efficient. This training film points out factors rotary helpers should consider to make a round trip in a proper and safe manner. 1983, 18 minutes. Comes with a workbook.

Part IV: Making a Connection
It is important to make a good connection so that drilling time and money is not lost in fishing procedures. Not only must roughnecks know how to do their job well, but equipment must be in good condition and be used right by personnel. This video identifies points that the drilling crew should be aware of when adding a mousehole joint to the drill string, including inspection, preparation, and procedures. 1983, 12 minutes. Comes with a workbook.

Part V: Care and Handling of Rotary Slips
Drilling a well means moving thousands of feet of pipe in and out of the hole. The rotary slips are a relatively small but heavy-duty piece of equipment that crew must use properly, or it adds up to lost drilling time and lots of money. This video shows floorhands how to properly care for and handle drill pipe, drill collar, and casing slips. Safety clamps are also covered. 1999, 25 minutes.