Electrical: Rig electrican programme


The intermediate level Rig electrician programme (REP) forms part of the tri-level Lloyd's Register educational curriculum (introductory, intermediate and advanced) and is specifically aimed at drilling maintenance staff.

This International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) accredited programme is the next step for candidates who have completed the introductory Rig Electrical Course (REC) and all persons interested in further specializing as electricians in drilling departments.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at drilling department maintenance staff, and is particularly recommended for:

  • Electrical maintenance staff who are candidates for promotion
  • New employees who have successfully completed their probationary period
  • Apprenticeship personnel in the electrical discipline
  • Electricians in heavy industry sectors
  • Mining and marine industry personnel
  • Defence force personnel with an electrical background


The aims of this programme are to:

  • Expose trainees to various types of equipment, operating procedures, compliance regulations, maintenance tasks and general rig electrical operations
  • Ensure a smooth transition into the drilling industry, in order to fulfil the role of a Rig Electrician
  • Ensure that Rig Electricians are familiar with the components, safe operation and maintenance of electrical systems on a drilling unit
  • Present the fundamental components of both land and offshore drilling rigs. Through the use of field-based exercises and assessments, trainees are challenged to apply new skills in relation to the identification, location, layout and functioning of rig electrical equipment
  • Use industry generic planned maintenance procedures to ensure that maintenance is carried out to the expected standard and that the systems are understood

Course Content

The REP provides an extensive overview of many of the equipment configurations associated with drilling units, and ongoing learning is a key component of the programme.


The programme consists of both a theoretical and a practical component, split into two 5-day classroom sessions. Between the two sessions, trainees are required to complete tasks and practical assignments. Exams are taken at the end of each session to ensure competence in their chosen field.

Day 1
Introduction and safety
Entry test
Overview and generators
Switchboards and transformers
Day 2
Recap Day 1
DC and AC motors
Day 3
Recap Day 2
Earthing, cables and trays
Outlets and portable tools
Eddy current brake (Elmagco brake)
Day 4
Recap Day 3
Hazardous areas
Drilling instrumentation
Batteries and PLCs
Day 5
Recap Day 4
Alarms and communication
Welding and air-conditioning
Final exam and course evaluation


Upon successful completion of the REP assignment and exams, candidates receive a certificate of completion which is accredited by the IADC.


The REP is comprised of a 5-day in-class session, followed by an on-the-job work assignments and assessments, completed by a 5-day classroom session.

Educational path

Candidates who have successfully completed this training programme and would like to expand their knowledge might also be interested in attending our Advanced Rig Electrician Programme (AREP).

Please contact us for other opportunities and training aimed at your personal career development.

Related oil and gas training