GEFCO/BAUER America’s Drill School Returns  

Published On: May 1, 2024By Categories: Drilling, Newsline

In response to the growing demand for skilled professionals in the water well drilling industry, GEFCO/BAUER Equipment America Inc. reprised its Drill School, a comprehensive five-day training course designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical skills necessary to excel in the field. The last Drill School was hosted in 2019.

GEFCO’s Drill School, which was held February 26-March 1 and April 29-May 3 at BAUER Equipment America in Conroe, Texas, had a combined 60 students attend both sessions. Organized by BAUER Certified Training Partner Bruce Bradley, Drill School provided students with a unique opportunity to receive hands-on training and professional instruction from industry experts such as Jim Smith of the Resources Drilling and Blasting Program at Fleming College in Ontario, Canada.

During Drill School, a GEFCO 90K drill rig, owned by Skytech Drilling in Phoenix, Arizona, was used to perform live demonstrations. The GEFCO 90K is a heavy-duty, diesel powered, air/mud hydraulic topdrive drill designed for large water well drilling.

The students witnessed the upgraded GEFCO flagship. With the mast lifted 35 feet in the air, the operators successfully demonstrated various drilling techniques, including air drilling and mud drilling. During the final day, the instructors focused on air drilling, showing the students how deep boreholes can be drilled into rock formations and may be effective where other drilling methods aren’t feasible.

“This Drill School is well organized, well thought out, and informative,” says David Helgeson of Drillworx. “As a salesman, I hope to learn information here to better help my customers.”

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