Mechanical: Advanced rig mechanic programme

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The Advanced rig mechanic programme (ARMP) forms the third and highest level of our mechanical educational curriculum (introductory, intermediate and advanced) and is intended to raise rig mechanics’ theoretical and practical knowledge to a specialist level.

Due to the in-depth nature of the course, it is recommended as the next step for candidates who have successfully completed the rig mechanic program and to all who want to broaden their knowledge of mechanical equipment on drilling units. The ARMP is accredited by the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC).

Who should attend?

This programme is aimed at:

  • Mechanics who have completed the Rig mechanic program (RMP)
  • Experienced rig mechanics
  • Mechanics who are on a company promotional scheme
  • Mechanics who have shown that they are capable of advancement, but require additional training
  • Senior rig mechanics who move between different rig types
  • Mechanics who are to be given additional equipment responsibilities


At the end of the programme the candidates will be able to:

  • Increase their knowledge of a wider range of maintenance activities
  • Carry out more complex maintenance procedures, troubleshoot and run the mechanical systems on the rig site in a safer manner and with confidence
  • Demonstrate the abilities required to become a senior member of the rig mechanical staff
  • Deal with various types of equipment, complex operating procedures, compliance regulations, maintenance tasks and rig mechanical operations

The course is designed to increase awareness of how and why equipment can develop faults and consequently fail. This knowledge and awareness reduces the chances of such failures occurring.

Programme Content

The topics covered during this programme include:

  • Drawworks band brakes
  • UDBE disc brakes
  • Eddy current brake (Elmagco brake) mechanical bias
  • Blocks and sheaves
  • General service pumps, both centrifugal and geared
  • Mud pump inspections
  • Diesel engine pistons and liners
  • Crankcase explosions
  • Compressed air
  • Refrigeration
  • Bearings


The 10-day programme, divided into two 5-day sessions, consists of both theoretical and practical components. The trainees are required to complete tasks, practical assignments and exams to demonstrate competence in the chosen field.

The classroom sessions entail an extensive overview of much of the equipment associated with drilling units. Additionally, the practical assignments, designed to be completed between the two classroom sessions, allow trainees to carry out specific mechanical equipment reviews and in-depth examination of maintenance systems. These assignments also help Mechanics understand their impact on rig operations. The use of business case studies, system breakdown analysis and maintenance system tools ensures ongoing learning.

This programme forms a structured means of determining a trainee's ability to advance.


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


10-day classroom session, divided into the following phases: a 5-day classroom session, followed by an on-the-job work assignment and assessments, completed by a second 5-day classroom session.

Educational path

This is the final phase of the tri-level educational programme of the mechanical discipline. Please contact us for other opportunities and training aimed at your personal career development.

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