An Interview with Kevin Alcock, Drilling and Well Control Consultant

Kevin Alcock is a Training and Course Development Consultant and an Instructor here at Harness. Kevin has an extensive background in the drilling industry and is also an accredited IWCF trainer with 49 years of industry experience.

1. DESCRIBE YOUR ROLE AT HARNESS

I have worked at Harness for 3 years as a Trainer in Drilling and Well Control, training participants in a range of courses including IWCF Well Control including subsea, IWCF Well Intervention Pressure Control, IADC Stuck Pipe Prevention and Casing Design and Cementing.

Kevin Alcock
Kevin Alcock, Drilling and Well Control Consultant

As a Technical Development Specialist, I also provide consulting services and develop training courses and materials for Harness.

2. WHAT ARE THE TOP 3 QUALITIES FOR A TRAINER TO HAVE, AND WHY

  • A deep understanding of the subject – A deep knowledge of the subject matter is vital so that you can explain things to the level of understanding of the group.
  • Ability to listen, to understand and interpret – This helps you, as a trainer, answer and respond to questions at the level they are being asked, and give the most effective and well-rounded responses.
  • Participant involvement – In presenting trainer material to actively ask and involve people’s experiences to keep them involved and to use each others experiences to the benefit of others.

3. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A TRAINER?

I decided to become a trainer because I enjoyed the technical aspects of the positions I held in the drilling industry and I also enjoy talking to and involving other people. It seemed natural to go in to a training role after I had become familiar with the field.

As a Trainer, I am not only able to be involved in the technical aspects of Drilling & Well Control but be involved with participants and share knowledge and experience.

4. WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT OF BEING A TRAINER?

A key challenge in training is to ensure that all participants are following along with the course and avoiding leaving people behind as you progress through the course content.

It is a challenge when there is a wide range of experience in the group – both advanced and newcomers to the subject. I try to get the experienced ones to relate to and help the newcomers.

5. AND FINALLY, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM TRAINING COURSE?

Definitely wine tasting!

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