From field-trained personnel to advanced-degreed engineers, Derrick® is proud to employ some of the most knowledgeable world-class separation technologists in the industry. Derrick shares its knowledge by offering a variety of solids control training courses to educate oil & gas drilling personnel who work directly with drilling fluid processing equipment.
SOLIDS CONTROL COURSES
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Can’t make it to Houston? To schedule an offsite course, fill out our Offsite Form.
2020 CLASS SCHEDULE
- January 27-31: Introduction to Solids Control
- February 17-21: Solids Control for Engineers
- March 23-27: Service & Maintenance for Solids Control Equipment
- April 13-17: Introduction to Solids Control
- June 1-5: Solids Control for Engineers
- July 27-31: Service & Maintenance for Solids Control Equipment
- August 31-September 4: Introduction to Solids Control
- October 5-9: Solids Control for Engineers
- November 2-6: Service & Maintenance for Solids Control Equipment
Matt Wiggins is a Technical Service Representative and the Solids Control School Instructor for Derrick. A 1999 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, Matt holds a Master’s Degree in Education, as well as administrative and technical certifications.
Following fifteen years in public school administration, Matt joined Derrick Corporation. He has advanced the solids control curriculum for the past four years, conducting schools at the Houston Facility and in many countries around the world. Matt currently resides with his wife and two sons in Houston, Texas.
Roberto Revelo joined the Derrick team in June 2008. He began his career in the Shipping and Receiving Department, moved to Equipment Assembly, and now is a Lead Service Technician.
In 2012, Roberto helped create the Field Service Training Program and has led trainings around the world on inspection, service, and repair of solids control equipment.
Roberto is bilingual and his knowledge and expertise have helped customers gain the best performance out of their products. He currently resides in Houston with his wife and two children.
Sam Strickland is a Technical Service Engineer for Derrick. Sam graduated from Texas A&M University – Kingsville in 2009 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. After a short professional baseball career, he joined Halliburton as a Mud Engineer, where he developed a strong knowledge of drilling fluid and drilling applications over the course of 6 years.
At Derrick, Sam is part of the Continuous Product Improvement team, where he works with customers both proactively and reactively to ensure the highest level of product performance. Sam currently resides with his wife in Houston, Texas.
“The training project was really exciting from the standpoint of all parties involved. It was good that participants were permanently engaged. The quiz thing was brilliant and appreciated by all attendants.
Before we parted I spoke with several regional managers. They were impressed with the training material and with the team spirit. There were no doubts that the first step was made to cover thousands of miles and it was mentioned that it was made in the right direction.”
“A big “Thank You” from Drilling Mud Direct. The Workshop was a big success yesterday. We get better and better each time we do one of these. We truly value having you guys as partners. This education effort is important, needed and a good business development tool.”
Drilling Mud Direct
“I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for providing Solids Control Training this week for our Product Support Team and modifying the content to accommodate our specific needs and time constraints. The feedback I have received from the Product Support Team has been overwhelmingly positive, everyone felt that the information and content covered will benefit them in their ongoing business development efforts.
I look forward to working with you formulating a strategic and logical progression for future training.”
Producers Supply Company, Inc.
“Thank you for setting up the tour for us and the Aramco interns. We really appreciate your taking the time away from other work to spend the day with us and teach our engineering interns about drilling fluids cleaning equipment. Several of our interns are very interested in careers in drilling, and they have not had a chance to get on real operations. Seeing the equipment in use—and especially changing the screens—was tremendously valuable for them.”
Keith Rappold, Technology Coordination Chief
Aramco Service Company
“On behalf of TTC & LA Tech, I wish to express my sincere appreciation to each of you for the time and expense which you invested in our students and the future of our industry. I appreciate the cooperation you had with Saleh, my assistant, in getting the schedule and other details worked. I regret that I could not be there due to international TTC commitments. When Saleh & I designed this course, there were several unique objectives that we wanted to accomplish. We wanted it to be a trenchless project that involved microtunneling (MT), and we wanted to use this opportunity to get industry involved. The MT seminars were great. This allowed the students to learn from industry leaders and experts. Also, the 2-day field trip was a tremendous learning experience.
On May 6, the students made their final presentation to our CET IAB and many other attendees. It was a big deal. The IAB had to conduct a formal evaluation. Several IAB members stated that the presentations were the best ever. I contribute this success to your involvement. The seminars and the field trip develop a high degree of confidence in the students which showed that they had mastered the subject matter. They could answer the questions.
Several of these students have expressed interest in making the TT industry their career.”
Tom Iseley, Ph.D., P.E., Dist. M. ASCE
CETF Professor, Civil Engineering
Director, Trenchless Technology Center
Louisiana Tech University
“I would like to personally thank you, the Derrick Equipment Company and Mr. Matthew Wiggins, for allowing us the opportunity to visit and tour your facility in Houston today.
I and Well Completion Technology had the honor of escorting Mr. Kenjiro Kawano with the Kanto Natural Gas Development Company, Ltd. In Chiba-Ken, Japan and Mr. Tim Searby, a sophomore petroleum engineering student at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas to your Houston office.
I must say the visit was most pleasant and professionally conducted from the time we walked into the building until the time we departed two hours later. I also should say that Matt made an excellent presentation about the history of Derrick Equipment Company and its sister companies in addition to giving us the “cook tour” of the warehouse and testing platform out back. However, we didn’t stay too long (30 minutes) on the shakers and centrifuge. July 1st, yes sir it was plenty warm out there but it did come pretty close to simulating an actual drilling rig operation, temperature wise, out in West Texas!
But seriously and technically speaking, a very well done and informative presentation by all your staff. I know for fact that Mr. Kawano and Mr. Searby will have Derrick Equipment Company featured in their well designs and drilling programs for years to come.
Again, thank you and very well done.”
John F. “Jay” Gilbert
Well Completion Technology
“I just wanted to thank you once again for your time and effort in organizing yesterday’s event. A lot of our students said that this was their favorite tour thus far, and that the educational aspect was very practical. I personally have a newfound appreciation for and interest in solids control equipment, especially shale shakers.
We’re very grateful for having you host our organization, thank you.”
MS PE Student
Industry Liaison for AADE UH Student Chapter