Mechanical: Rig mechanic course

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The introductory level Rig mechanic course (RMC) forms part of the tri-level Lloyd's Register educational curriculum (introductory, intermediate and advanced) and is specifically aimed at the drilling industry. The RMC provides a solid basis for candidates hoping to become a rig mechanic.

This Internation Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) accredited course is designed for those who have recently entered the industry or are actively seeking employment on a drilling rig.

Who should attend?

This introductory course is specifically aimed at maintenance staff of drilling departments. It is particularly recommended for:

  • Drilling and well service personnel looking to acquire a basic knowledge of rig equipment
  • New employees with little or no knowledge of drilling units
  • Maintenance personnel
  • (Assistant) Mechanics
  • Motormen
  • Deck crew moving to the maintenance department
  • Government inspectors who undertake regulatory checks on drilling rigs
  • Any maintenance staff changing from one type of drilling unit to another


Upon completion of the course the candidate will be able to:

  • Carry out a basic (visual) rig inspection
  • Identify major items which have an impact on the safety and operation of a rig
  • Describe the major inspection criteria used for the main equipment (drawworks, top drive/rotary, mud pumps, well control equipment, main engines) and safety
  • Recognise indicators of the overall condition and deficiencies of a drilling rig
  • Perform a range of planned maintenance tasks
  • Explain the function from a safety point of view and at an elementary level, of mechanical equipment such as engines, compressors, tuggers, hydraulic systems, etc.
  • List the standards (such as API - American Petroleum Institute) used in the drilling industry and their implications for drilling equipment
  • Evaluate and interpret all types of certificates (OEM - original equipment manufacturer, NDT - non-destructive testing, etc.)
  • List the most common well control equipment deficiencies found on surface BOP equipment
  • Explain the working of the eddy current brake (Elmagco brake)

Course content

The RMC provides an insight into the most common deficiencies found on drilling units. It contains detailed examples of major items of drilling equipment, such as the drawworks, top drive, mud pumps, derrick, mud systems, well control equipment, marine cranes, engines, safety equipment and pollution control standards.

The RMC presents fundamental industry standard and generic maintenance procedures, explains the requirements of a maintenance system and introduces the basic maintenance reporting standards.


The course is based on interactive classes with ample time for group participation and discussion.

To ensure clarity and maximum effectiveness:

  • Photographs of defective equipment from our technical inspection database are used to illustrate specific deficiencies
  • Videos are shown to explain operational and maintenance procedures
  • The course ends with a final exam
Day 1
Safety introductions
The rig and what it does
Introduction to drilling equipment
Mud systems
Day 2
Power plant
BOP (blowout preventer)/Well Control
Recap and questions


Upon successful completion of the RMC, candidates receive a certificate of completion which is accredited by the IADC.


Two days of classroom sessions.

Educational path

The RMC is part of our tri-level educational curriculum. Candidates who have successfully completed this training course and would like to expand their knowledge might also be interested in attending our intermediate-level Rig mechanic programme (RMP).

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