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AR 76/2005 RIG TECHNICIAN TRADE REGULATION

(Consolidated up to 116/2016)

ALBERTA REGULATION 76/2005

Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act

RIG TECHNICIAN TRADE REGULATION

Table of Contents

                1      Definitions

General Matters Respecting the Trade

                2      Constitution of the trade

                3      Tasks, activities and functions

Trade Matters Respecting Levels of the Trade

                4      Undertakings respecting levels 1, 2 and 3 of the trade


                5      Tasks, activities and functions at level 1 of the trade

                6      Tasks, activities and functions at level 2 of the trade

                7      Tasks, activities and functions at level 3 of the trade

Apprenticeship

                8      Term of apprenticeship program

                9      Trade certificates at levels 1, 2 and 3 of the trade

              10      Supervision, etc., of apprentices

Coming into Force

              12      Coming into force

Definitions

1   In this Regulation,

                               (a)    “apprentice” means a person who is an apprentice in the trade;

                              (b)    “draw-works” means the powered spool containing drilling line, equipped with brakes, crown block and travelling block used to suspend, raise and lower the drill string assembly;

                               (c)    “drill string assembly” consists of drill pipe and bottom hole assembly and other tools used to hold, guide and turn the drill bit at the bottom of the well bore;

                              (d)    “drilling console” means the central control system for the drilling rig;

                               (e)    “drilling rig” means the surface equipment, including derrick, pipe, draw-works, drill string assembly and other mechanical and ancillary equipment and systems necessary to drill an oil or gas well;

                               (f)    “technical training” means technical training as defined in the Apprenticeship Program Regulation;

                               (g)    “trade” means the occupation of rig technician designated as a compulsory certification trade pursuant to the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act.

General Matters Respecting the Trade

Constitution of the trade

2(1)  The operation and maintenance of drilling rig equipment, systems, pumps and engines are the undertakings that constitute the trade.

(2)  Notwithstanding subsection (1), the trade consists of 3 levels, the undertakings of which are set out in section 4.

Tasks, activities and functions

3   When practising or otherwise carrying out work in the trade, the following tasks, activities and functions come within the trade:

                               (a)    maintaining logs and records;

                              (b)    participating in rig‑in and rig‑out;

                               (c)    contributing to the safety environment on the drilling rig;

                              (d)    monitoring inventories of fuels, lubricants and other service items;

                               (e)    mixing fluid chemicals and additives for use in the drilling operation;

                               (f)    monitoring and recording volumes and properties of drilling mud flows during drilling;

                               (g)    handling pipe;

                              (h)    assembling and disassembling the drill string assembly.

Trade Matters Respecting Levels of the Trade

Undertakings respecting levels 1, 2 and 3 of the trade

4(1)  Notwithstanding section 2(1), the undertakings that constitute level 1 of the trade are the regular maintenance of drilling rig engines, transmissions, heating systems, hydraulic systems, pneumatic systems, generators, motors and other mechanical equipment.

(2)  Notwithstanding section 2(1), the undertakings that constitute level 2 of the trade are

                               (a)    the undertakings set out in subsection (1),

                              (b)    the handling of the drill string at the upper end of the drilling rig, and

                               (c)    the maintenance of drilling fluid systems and pumps during drilling.

(3)  Notwithstanding section 2(1), the undertakings that constitute level 3 of the trade are

                               (a)    the undertakings set out in subsections (1) and (2),

                              (b)    the operation of the draw‑works, rotary equipment and pumps on the drilling rig, and

                               (c)    the operation of the drilling console.

Tasks, activities and functions at level 1 of the trade

5   Notwithstanding section 3, when practising or otherwise carrying out work at level 1 of the trade, the following tasks, activities and functions come within that level of the trade:

                               (a)    maintaining equipment logs and maintenance records;

                              (b)    monitoring inventories of fuels, lubricants and other service items;

                               (c)    participating in rig‑in and rig‑out;

                              (d)    contributing to the safety environment on the drilling rig.

Tasks, activities and functions at level 2 of the trade

6   Notwithstanding section 3, when practising or otherwise carrying out work at level 2 of the trade, the following tasks, activities and functions come within that level of the trade:

                               (a)    the tasks, activities and functions section out in section 5;

                              (b)    mixing fluid chemicals and additives for use in the drilling operation;

                               (c)    monitoring and recording volumes and properties of drilling mud flows during drilling;

                              (d)    handling pipe;

                               (e)    handling sections of the drill string assembly.

Tasks, activities and functions at level 3 of the trade

7   Notwithstanding section 3, when practising or otherwise carrying out work at level 3 of the trade, the following tasks, activities and functions come within that level of the trade:

                               (a)    the tasks, activities and functions set out in sections 5 and 6;

                              (b)    assembling and disassembling the drill string assembly;

                               (c)    monitoring and maintaining a record of the progress of the drilling operation;

                              (d)    supervising drilling crew activities.

AR 76/2005 s7;44/2006

Apprenticeship

Term of apprenticeship program

8(1)  Subject to credit for previous training or experience being granted pursuant to an order of the Board, the term of an apprenticeship program for the rig technician trade is 3 periods of not less than 12 months each.

(2)  In the first period of the apprenticeship program the apprentice must acquire not less than 1500 hours of on the job training and successfully complete the technical training that is required or approved by the Board.

(3)  In the second period of the apprenticeship program an apprentice must acquire not less than 1500 hours of on the job training and successfully complete the technical training that is required or approved by the Board.

(4)  In the third period of the apprenticeship program an apprentice must acquire not less than 1500 hours of on the job training and successfully complete the technical training that is required or approved by the Board.

Trade certificates at levels 1, 2 and 3 of the trade

9(1)  An apprentice who successfully completes the apprenticeship program may be granted a trade certificate in level 3 of the trade.

(2)  A person who successfully meets the requirements established, approved or otherwise recognized by the Board may be granted a trade certificate in level 1, level 2 or level 3 of the trade.

Supervision, etc., of apprentices

10(1)  Where a person who holds a trade certificate in level 1 or level 2 of the trade is to provide supervision to an apprentice, that person is eligible to supervise that apprentice only

                               (a)    in respect of the undertakings that constitute the level of the trade at which that person is certified, and

                              (b)    in respect of tasks, activities and functions that come within the level of the trade at which that person is certified.

(2)  An apprentice is eligible to carry out work in respect of the undertakings and the tasks, activities and functions that come within the level of certification of the apprentice’s supervisor.

Coming into Force

11   Repealed AR 116/2016 s7.

Coming into force

12(1)  Subject to subsection (2), this Regulation comes into force on June 1, 2005.

(2)  Section 10 comes into force on June 1, 2008.