Small class sizes allow students to rotate through each drilling and drilling support job to learn the tasks associated with each job function. Program equipment includes a drilling rig and all necessary support equipment such as a grouter, air compressor and desanding equipment. The program also uses a large indoor training lab where all of the drilling equipment can be serviced and used in the training of the support skills such as hydraulics and pneumatics.
All drilling activities are conducted on Gateway’s five acre drill site. Students learn to drill in year-round weather conditions in various ground formations using current industry drilling methods. Students will learn loop insertion, grouting, headering and commissioning of the bore field.
Students are encouraged to join an industry trade organization to participate in annual conventions, professional development and networking opportunities. Organizations include the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) and the Wisconsin Geothermal Association.