Our Commitment to Training
Competency Based Training Program
DWS has invested in a competency based training program that enables each individual to be promoted within the company based on a competency check list. It requires that the employee prove they are competent and proficient in the role in which they have been assigned. The employee must go through multiple checks and mentorships to ensure that they are fully capable of taking on the associated risks and responsibilities of the new position before being granted the full promotion. A competency level is considered complete when the employee has achieved the following criteria:
- Check list completed and recommendations of at least two supervisors are provided
- Completed a minimum requirement of 90 working days at their current position
- Successfully complete a written test of knowledge and calculations for the next level position
- Successfully complete a level based snubbing scenario flawlessly preformed on our VR snubbing simulator
- Obtain final approval of the operations leadership team
A unique thing about our competency check list is that it is not 100% operationally based. These checklists have been designed to ensure that the employee is growing in all aspects of the business and includes sections for human resources, HSQE, dispatch, shop processes, and section on company culture to gauge the employee’s understanding of the company’s core values and mission statement. This process is designed to ensure all field staff members are getting the same standardized and consistent training for each level in their career path. The competency program allow DWS employees to take their own initiative in creating and driving their career paths via the competency check list. Giving our employees the power to drive their own success allow them to have control of their future without the need to wait for yearly performance reviews or years of service increases.
At DWS we feel that we are giving our field staff not just jobs, but careers that they can be proud of.
Snubbing Simulator for Training and Job Planning
DWS has invested in a state-of-the-art Snubbing Simulator, customized for DWS equipment. The latest update to our Simulator utilizes industry-leading Oculus VR (virtual reality) headsets to provide an unparalleled “in-basket” snubbing experience.
The snubbing simulator is directly tied to the competency program, with requirements that employees become proficient in a wide variety of classroom-controlled snubbing situations before moving to the next competency level. The Simulator mirrors the control panel present on all DWS snubbing units to give the most realistic feel possible.
With our Snubbing Simulator, we are able to create any snubbing scenario, well pressure, tubing size / grade, Bottom Hole Assembly (BHA), and primary Blowout Preventer (BOP) stack configuration. This enables us to continuously train our incumbent staff, better assess new hires, and set up optimally for upcoming jobs. Our having the capability to create BHAs and mimic the parameters of any well on which one of our snubbing units will be rigged up on allows our operators to practice ahead of time in a safe environment before getting to the job site. This capability is especially beneficial for off-scope BHAs, fishing situations and high-pressure ram-to-ram jobs.
With so many different snubbing scenarios integrated into the Snubbing Simulator’s programming, the Simulator allows us to teach a wide variety of individuals, from the most experienced snubbing supervisors to staff who have never even seen a snubbing unit before.
Another great benefit of the Simulator is its interactive instructor panel. The panel not only allows us to create for our students a variety of compromised well control (blowout) situations but also provides a means of training for those types of situations in a controlled environment. DWS’ highly customized Snubbing Simulator delivers the most realistic training experience, resulting in knowledgeable and confident operators able to complete a snubbing operation safely and efficiently.