Anyone who knows Curtis knows he is a man of few words, but he was kind enough to share his story with the Knowledge Box.
Curtis was born and raised in Calgary and was no stranger to the drilling industry, growing up in a family that was very involved in a company known as Command Drilling. As such, Curtis began his rigging career straight out of school and went to work at Command Drilling as a Leasehand. Curtis worked his way up through the ranks, finishing his career with Command as a Derrickhand. Curtis decided to leave Command (which had now been bought by Nabors Drilling) and head to a small, privately held company known as Bear Drilling. There, he went to work on a new triple rig. However, not long after that, Bear Drilling was bought out by Trinidad Drilling. Curtis was promoted to Driller on Trinidad Rig 36 (the same triple he had started working on a couple of years prior) in 2005.
In 2008 Curtis followed his rig to North Dakota, working in the US for Trinidad. In 2010 he was promoted to Rig Manager on this same rig. Curtis finished out his career with Trinidad in the US, where he had worked for six years, the last four years as a Rig Manager. Curtis joined Citadel in September of 2014, where he is working as Rig Manager. When Curtis looks back at his career, he is pleased with his accomplishments but is looking forward to the opportunities to work on technologically advanced rigs here in Canada with Citadel.