Vermeer HDD Circuit® I Training Program

HDD Circuit Program I

This course is designed for beginners, contractors or students looking to learn the fundamentals of HDD training and best practices within their careers. This two-track, one-week course is designed with a segmented training approach, to lessen the time it takes to give someone the skills and knowledge needed to work on a drill crew. Students must sign up in pairs of two and can choose between a drilling or locating track.

2023 training class dates:

  • April 17 - 21
  • May 8 - 12
  • May 22 - 26
  • June 5 - 9
  • June 19 - 23
  • July 31 - Aug. 4
  • Sept. 11 - 15
  • Oct. 9 - 13
  • Oct. 23 - 27

The training dates provided may change depending on any future developments related to COVID-19. We continually evaluate the transmission of COVID-19 in our county, state and across the nation and, depending on the data, we reserve the right to cancel a course.

Tuition cost per student: $4,000

Travel costs not included. Estimated pricing includes drinks, snacks, lunch and a group dinner provided by Vermeer. Meals outside of these will be paid for by the student.

Estimated expenses

 Student 1Student 2
Class tuition$4,000$4,000
Airfare*$400$400
Rental car (6 days)$300$0 (ride share)
Hotel (5 days)*$460$460 (if not room sharing)
Meals*$180$180
Total$10,380

*Estimated expenses and pricing only through November 2022. These are dependent on specific travel requirements.

**Vermeer will provide lunch every day of class and supply one dinner. Meals outside of these will be paid for by the student.

Course outline

  • Day one-two: Classroom training and Vermeer HDD Simulator(workbook and HDD training materials supplied)
  • Day three-four: Hands-on
    • Driller (mix and test drilling fluids, drill setup, pilot bore and pullback of product/reamer)
    • Locator [bore planning, site prep, DCI® log-while-drilling (LWD™)]
  • Day five: Test out (clean up tools, additional equipment adjustments and posttest)

Registration requirements

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

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Post-program certification

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.

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.

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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