Newpark Drilling Fluids is committed to delivering cutting-edge service by providing our employees training and comprehensive professional development. In addition to our core curriculum, we provide training on an as-needed basis to fill the needs of our customer base.
With over 200 years of combined experience in the lab and in the field, our instructors are chosen because of their hands-on experience dealing with all aspects of drilling fluids technology. At Newpark Drilling Fluids, our management recognizes that the quality of our technical and field staff is integral to the company’s reputation for superior service.
FLUID SERVICE TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION
Our Fluid Service Technician Certification, an intensive eight-week course, provides employees with the fundamentals of drilling fluids and related applications. The coursework exposes Newpark employees to a broad array of subjects, ranging from chemistry to advanced formulations of water-based, oil-based and synthetic-based drilling fluid systems. Students spend a portion of their time in the Newpark Technology Center gaining experience using API testing and analysis procedures for various fluid systems. They receive hands-on experience in how to conduct API tests, analyze test results, and troubleshoot and correct any problems identified in the test procedures. The students are instructed on different lab equipment such as the PPT (Permeability Plugging Tester), Dynamic Filtration, HPHT Filtration, Refractometer and the Water Activity Meter. Prior to graduation, the two-week field ride takes all this coursework from theory and the classroom to practical application in a real world drilling environment.
ADVANCED TRAINING COURSES
In addition to our Fluid Service Technician Certification, Newpark Drilling Fluid employees are eligible for a number of advanced courses to strengthen competencies for service quality.
- Evolution® Fluid System Certification
- Well-Control Certification
- Proprietary Software Training
- Mechanical Wellbore Stabilization
- Solids Control for Fluids Service Technicians
- Project Manager Senior Development Training
PROJECT COORDINATOR SCHOOL
The Project Coordinator School, consisting of an intensive four-week block of instruction, is designed to develop Newpark Drilling Fluid Technicians into effective and innovative Project Coordinators. This school introduces Log Analysis and Log Interpretation to facilitate Pore Pressure and Fracture Gradient Prediction. Significant emphasis is placed on Hydraulic Analysis and Optimization. Special drilling fluids testing procedures are covered at the Technology Center using analytical equipment such as the GCMS (Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry), FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy), PSA (Particle Size Analyzer), X-ray Diffraction, and Ion Chromatograph. Detailed instruction on the use of each piece of equipment and what information can be extracted from each test will increase our Project Coordinators’ arsenal of tools to troubleshoot and solve their customer’s drilling fluids problems.
Understanding the concepts and use of Newpark Drilling Fluids’ suite of proprietary computer software will eliminate problems before they arise when planning drilling fluid programs for project execution. Training in these software tools is a primary curriculum focus for the Project Coordinator School. Upon completion of this course, Newpark Drilling Fluids Technicians will have the cornerstone knowledge to be effective and cost-efficient as a Project Coordinator.
FOUNDATIONS OF DRILLING FLUID TECHNOLOGY
Newpark also offers a one week Foundations of Drilling Fluid Technology course, developed to give an overview of various drilling fluid systems. The course allows the individual to explore the different properties, capabilities and limitations associated with these systems, while providing hands-on experience of testing the actual fluids in a laboratory environment. Topics covered include: types of drilling fluid systems, clay chemistry, salts, filtration, weighting agents, corrosion, polymers, well bore stability, and contamination. This course is ideal for a person in the drilling industry seeking a better understanding of drilling fluids and how they are used in today’s market.