New CCGI Lead Driller

CCGI are pleased to announce that during the second part of this year Darryl Tollett, the latest Lead Rotary Driller to come through our internal driller training programme, completed his training

Darryl joined CCGI in 2012 as a secondman and as his experience grew it became clear that Darryl would make an excellent candidate to progress to running a rig and crew.

“Darryl very quickly showed his value with his excellent work ethic and calm, approachable demeanour” explained CCGI Drilling Manager Jim Constantine.  “We aim to promote internally and we are always looking out for standout candidates that show the aptitude, and potential to take on the responsibility of running a drilling rig and crew safely, and maintain the high geotechnical standards we strive for at CCGI.”

With over three years site experience as a secondman, Darryl already had a good understanding of the wide range of techniques and conditions employed and encountered on a day to day basis.  The driller training programme aims to take this grounding and develop it.  Darryl spent the last year working in a three-man ‘driller training crew’ under the guidance of one of our senior lead drillers, in this case Jefferson Fennell.  The three man crew allows the time for the senior lead driller to pass on their experience in a relaxed ‘learning’ environment.  This includes all aspects of ground investigation from the use and maintenance of the drilling rig, to health and safety, client liaison, and geotechnical tests and standards.  Progress is monitored through regular competency assessments until such point that we are happy that the candidate is safe to be signed off as a Lead Driller.

Darryl will be running one of our Fraste PL.G rigs so expect to see him on site in the New Year.