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Mechanical: Rig mechanic programme.


The intermediate level Rig Mechanic Programme (RMP) forms part of the tri-level Lloyd's Register educational curriculum (introductory, intermediate and advanced) and is specifically directed at drilling industry maintenance staff.

This Internation Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) accredited programme is the next step for candidates who have completed the introductory Rig Mechanical Course (RMC) and all persons interested in further specialising as mechanics in drilling departments.

You will learn

The aims of this programme are to:

  • Expose trainees to various types of equipment, operating procedures, compliance regulations, maintenance tasks and general rig operations

  • Ensure a smooth transition into the drilling industry, in order to fulfil the role of a Rig Mechanic

  • Ensure that Rig Mechanics are familiar with the components, safe operation and maintenance of systems on a drilling rig

  • Expose 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 equipment

  • Use planned maintenance procedures to ensure that maintenance is carried out to the standard expected in today's drilling industry and that applicable systems are understood

The syllabus comprises an extensive overview of the majority of equipment configurations associated with drilling units and ongoing learning is a key component of the programme.

Your future development

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

Suitable for

  • Motormen who are candidates for promotion

  • New employees who have successfully completed their probationary period

  • Apprenticeship personnel in a mechanical or marine engineering discipline

  • Mechanics in heavy industry sectors

  • Mining and marine industry personnel

  • Defence force personnel with a trade background

  • Candidates who have completed the RMC


The programme consists of both theoretical and practical components, divided into two 5-day sessions. Between the two sessions the trainees are required to complete tasks and assignments. Exams are taken at the end of each session to assess the candidates' competence and areas for further development are identified.

Day 1
Entry test


Day 2
Recap Day 1
Rotary table
Top drive



Day 3
Recap Day 2
Crown and travelling blocks
Mud pumps


Day 4
Recap Day 3
Mud pumps (part 2)
Mud conditioning
Diesel engines (part 1)


Day 5
Recap Day 4
Diesel engines (part 2)
Final exam

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