Pupils visit drilling rig

INDUSTRY: The students discovered the realities of life on a drilling rig.
INDUSTRY: The students discovered the realities of life on a drilling rig.

Female pupils from Turriff Academy enjoyed a visit to Weatherford in Aberdeen as part of their Skills for Work Energy programme.

The Skills for Work Energy programme is run by Banff and Buchan College and is supported by Shell and Schlumberger.

It aims to introduce female students to the Energy Industry to provide positive training to encourage more females into a typically male dominated industry.

As part of the programme the girls are given various opportunities to visit industry so that they can relate the skills they learn throughout the course to real life job opportunities.

The visit to Weatherford was arranged to enable the girls to speak to various people within Weatherford to find out about more opportunities that are available and to see what goes on in a real workplace.

The girls toured a drilling rig and had the opportunity to sample the work of a Roughneck, Derrickman, Assistant Driller and Driller.

Girl power took over the dog house for a short time, allowing the group the opportunity to see first-hand some of the drilling controls and equipment.

The drill floor proved a little more challenging for the girls as they tried working the pipe tongues.

The energy girls were given a very broad introduction to off shore and on shore drilling processes, from pipe strings to BOPs, drill bits to mud pumps.

Many thanks to Steve Morrison and Graham Geddes who co-ordinated and made this trip a memorable experience.

Banff and Buchan College was recently subject to a multimillion pound refurbishment, having been officially opened earlier this year by First Minister Alex Salmond. The First Minister said at the ceremony: “The refurbishment has created an environment for top quality learning for students.”