ODT presents participants with the fundamentals required to safely and effectively plan, manage and drill a well successfully. The program was designed for engineers, senior drilling crews and field service personnel tasked with the design and execution of drilling programs, whether simple or complex.

The course builds a firm foundation in the principles and best practices of well planning, drilling, completions and is taught by hole-intervals just as the well is drilled. Learning is enhanced with the use of Advanced Simulation Technology, and covers possible problems during every phase of the well from spud to completion.

The program also includes IWCF or IADC WellSharp Advance Well Control.


  • Pre-Spud Meeting & Considerations
  • Drill String Design
  • Drillout Considerations
  • Leak Off and Formation Capability Tests
  • Limitations to Control Capability
  • Salt Water Flows
  • Kill Sheets
  • Simulator Training
  • General Mud Topics
  • Shallow Gas and Kicks
  • Diverting
  • Surface Casing
  • Top Hole Cleaning and Trends
  • Hydraulics
  • Well Control Problem Diagnosis and Solutions
  • Mud Solids
  • Lost Circulation
  • Deviation and Stuck Pipe
  • Difficult Well Control Situations
  • Tripping Practices and Considerations
  • H2S Safety
  • Causes of Abnormal Pressure
  • WC Red Flags & Transition Zone Indicators
  • Managed Pressure Drilling
  • Shale Problems
  • Wellhead Installation
  • Casing & Cementing
  • Good Mud Practices
  • Logging and Perforating
  • BOP Equipment
  • ECD Drilling
  • UBO and Barite Plugs
  • Overview of Optimization Procedures
  • Bits
  • Differential Sticking and Freeing Techniques
  • Kick Off Plugs
  • Drill Stem Test Considerations
  • Gas Cap Drilling
  • Liner Cementing
  • Squeeze Cementing and Production Squeezing
  • Completion Methods and Workover Fluids
  • Methods of Well Control (Driller’s Method, Wait & Weight, Volumetric & Lubrication, Modified Wait & Weight)
    Lecture, exercises, workshops, tests, simulator practice, PowerPoint slides and discussion.

    Operational Drilling Technology is designed for Toolpushers, OIMs, Wellsite Supervisors, Superintendents, Engineers, Drillers and Assistant Drillers.
    The Operational Drilling Technology Course usually hosts a class size of 4-12 persons.

    Operational Drilling Technology is a 10 day course.



    Mon 19th – Fri 30th

    AUG – SEP

    Mon 21st – Fri 1st Sep


    Mon 4th – Fri 15th

    Classes will begin at 7:30 A.M.
    Daily dismissal varies due to simulator schedules. Students are usually finished testing by noon on the final day.

    Candidates for IWCF Level 4 must have been previously certified at Level 3 or Level 4 (by either IWCF or IADC).
    IWCF candidates must register for an account on FORUM. Once registered and approved by the IWCF, a candidate ID number will be issued. IWCF candidates will need their candidate ID before registering for a well control course. IWCF candidates can register on FORUM at IWCF.org.
    The IWCF requires IWCF testing centers to order the IWCF tests ten days prior to the exam date. Therefore, MDS requires all course participants to enroll at least one week prior to the first day of the class. Participants must indicate at the time of enrollment the following information: Type of Certification (Surface or Combined Surface/Subsea), Units of Measurement (API, Metric), and Language for written test.
    All candidates must bring their passport and present to assessor and invigilator before tests are administered. (U.S. citizens born in the U.S. who do not have a passport may present their driver’s license.)

    The IADC has an online WellSharp Practice Exam to help those trainees who have test anxiety and want to become more familiar with the process of taking an online WellSharp exam. Four exams are currently available: Driller-Surface Stack, Driller-Combination Stack, Supervisor-Surface Stack, and Supervisor-Combination Stack. For access to these exams, go to the website listed below. http://www.iadc.org/wellsharp/sample-wellsharp-exams/

    Interested in this course? Apply here.