Our Commitment to Training
DWS has invested heavily in a competency-based training program that enables each employee to be promoted within the company based on a competency check list. The program requires that the employee prove he/she is competent and proficient in the role in which he/she has been assigned. The employee must go through multiple checks and mentorships to ensure he/she is fully capable of taking on the associated risks of the new position before being granted the full promotion.
An employee’s competency level is complete when he/she has completed the following criteria:
- Checklist completed and recommendations of at least two supervisors are provided
- Complete a minimum requirement of 90 working days in his/her 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 Virtual Reality snubbing simulator
- Obtain final approval from the operations leadership team
A unique attribute of our competency checklist is that it is not 100% operationally based. The checklist has been designed to ensure that the employee is growing in all aspects of the business including sections for human resources, HSQE, dispatch, shop processes, and company culture to gauge the employee’s understanding of the company’s core values and mission statement.
Our program 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 allows DWS employees to take their own initiative in creating and driving their career paths via the competency checklist. Giving our employees the power to drive their own success allows them to have control of their future without the need to wait for yearly performance reviews or years of service increases.
Our training program received official accreditation from the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC). This process involved an extensive audit of our internal procedures and systems to ensure that our training program met internationally recognized standards of consistency and effectiveness. DWS is the only snubbing and workover company in the Northeast to have an IADC accredited competency level-based training program.
The Marc Jones Memorial Training Center, established in 2019, enables DWS to develop employees from our local area. A major boon to the local community, DWS can hire inexperienced individuals and train them effectively. Deep Well Services has invited customers to our training facility to witness first-hand this truly innovative resource. By providing this one-of-a-kind training program, we are committing to the safety and sustainability of our workforce.
DWS has a fully functional test well and training rig on site. This is a tremendous resource for our entire company. It allows us to safely train in a controlled environment and provide a hands-on experience to ensure the highest level of competency and proficiency. In fact, we are serving our industry by providing access to customers and other service providers to promote safe and reliable operations.
One of our showcase resources is our snubbing simulator. With the snubbing simulator we can 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 staff, better assess new hires, and simulate optimal set up for new jobs. 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 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.
To further our commitment to training, DWS is working hard to foster the next generation. We volunteer our time and resources to teach students at top engineering schools about the oil and gas industry. We instruct them how to safely and efficiently perform well completions and snubbing. Students also gain valuable experience with our virtual reality technology.
The colleges and universities where DWS employees are teaching students include:
- Lackawanna College
- Marietta College
- Penn State University
- Texas Tech University
- University of Pittsburgh
In 2018, the Penn State University Society of Petroleum Engineers awarded DWS their “Industry Member of the Year Award.” This marked the first time in the school’s history that it presented this award to an oil and gas service company.