HDD Circuit® Training Program

Help your operators reach their full potential

Operators that know how to maximize productivity and avoid preventable issues – plus realize the importance of daily inspection protocol and safety are at a premium. Let Vermeer help you train your operators and make the most of your investments.

Vermeer offers two unique certified training programs for trenchless installation careers that are both a 2:1 student to trainer ratio – HDD Circuit I Program and HDD Circuit II Program. Each class has a maximum enrollment of eight students.


HDD Circuit I Program

This two-track, one-week course is designed for the contractor or student looking to develop best practice into their horizontal directional drilling (HDD) business or career with cost and time in mind. Thanks to its segmented training approach, the program’s goal is to lessen the time it takes to get give someone the skills and knowledge needed to work on a drill crew while promoting career pathing. Students must sign up in pairs of two and can choose between a drilling or locating track. You can rely on a superior product because the HDD Circuit I program utilizes the same content and layout as the original, proven two-week course.

Course outline:

  • Day one: Classroom training (workbook and training materials supplied)
  • Day two-four: Hands-on
    • Driller (bore planning, mix and test drilling fluids, pilot bore and pullback of product/reamer
    • Locator (bore planning, equipment setup and DCI® log-while-drilling (LWDTM)
  • Day five: Test out (clean up tools, additional equipment adjustments and posttest)

2019 course dates:

  • March 25-29 (sold out)
  • May 6-10 (registration opens March 4)
  • May 20-24 (registration opens March 4)
  • October 14-18 (registration opens June 10)

Registration requirements:

  • Must be 18 or older
  • Companies are limited to a maximum of four participants per session.

Estimated expenses:

  Student 1 Student 2
Class tuition $3500 $3500
Airfare* $400 $400
Rental car (6 days) $300 $0 (ride share)
Hotel (5 days)* $400 $400
Meals* $180 $180
Total $9260

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Estimated expenses and pricing only through November 2019. These are dependent on specific travel requirements.

**Vermeer will supply some meals through the program. Meals outside of these will be paid for by the student. Estimated pricing covers one breakfast, one lunch and five dinner meals.

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HDD Circuit II Program

If you are a crew lead, supervisor or in a safety role for a drill contractor or wanting to be better cross-trained in small- to medium-sized horizontal directional drill rigs, the HDD Circuit II training program is what you are looking for. This two-week, nine-day program takes you through the fundamentals of HDD including safety, mud mixing, calculations, rig operation, bore planning, DCI locating, DCI log-while-drilling (LWD) and more. Trust the experts with a proven track record to help you get more out of your drill rig while utilizing industry best practices.

Course outline:

  • Day one: Classroom training (workbook and training materials supplied)
  • Day two: Locater training and drill site preparation
  • Day three-seven: Hands-on (mud mixing, drilling and locating) 
  • Day eight: Hands-on (vac and utility locate training and impromptu bore)
  • Day nine: Test out (clean up tools, additional equipment adjustments and post-test)

 2019 course dates:

  • April 8-18 (sold out)
  • June 3-13 (sold out)
  • July 22-23 (registration opens March 4)
  • September 9-19 (registration opens June 10)

Registration requirements:

  • Must be 18 or older
  • Companies are limited to a maximum of four participants per session.

Estimated expenses:

  Student
Class tuition $5500
Airfare* $400
Rental car (12 days)* $600
Hotel (11 nights)* $880
Meals* $420
Total $7800

 

 *Estimated expenses and pricing only through November 2019. These are dependent on specific travel requirements.

**Vermeer will supply some meals through the program. Meals outside of these will be paid for by the student. Estimated pricing covers three breakfasts, three lunches and 11 dinner meals.

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Enrollment Information

The HDD Circuit training programs are conducted in partnership with and certified by Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa.

Students from anywhere may enroll in HDD Circuit training. Courses are conducted at Vermeer global headquarters in Pella, Iowa.

As the only HDD drill operator training of its kind, certified by an accredited educational institution, HDD Circuit programs can provide a coveted certificate of certification. HDD Circuit I program students can earn 4 CEU’s and HDD Circuit II program students earn 7.2 CEU’s with combined successful hands-on evaluation and knowledge of HDD Circuit curriculum. See certification details below. 


Certification Explanation

Students are given the opportunity to prove their abilities in the following categories below. If the student’s combined scores equal 80% and better, they leave the course certified from DMACC. Since 2017 when the certification testing was introduced, a 96% student success rate has been achieved. This success rate is possible through the programs structure, student-to-trainer ratio, heavy hands-on focus and teaching with consistent fundamentals materials.

HDD Circuit I Program

  • Posttest
    • HDD fundamentals
  • Hands-on evaluation
    • Mud mixing and drill operation (driller only)
    • Bore planning and DCI locating with LWD (locator only)

HDD Circuit II Program

  • Posttest
    • HDD fundamentals
  • Hands-on evaluation
    • Mud mixing 
    • Drill operation
    • Bore planning and DCI locating with LWD

Use GI Bill® Benefits

If you are a USA military veteran, you can use your GI Bill benefits to help cover tuition, supplies and lodging costs for the HDD Circuit training programs.

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