Dirk Hermsen

Course Attended: Civil and Mining

I had been a dairy farmer most of my life before deciding to make a career change. I called a drilling company and they told me to do the TPP drilling programme.

So I enrolled and I’m pleased I did because I hit the ground running. There are a lot of things I would never have known without the course. It really set me up for the industry: as much as I had life skills and 20 years of common sense under my belt, the course gave me the specific skills I needed and set me up for work.

Dirk was awarded the New Zealand Drillers Federation Scholarship for the top student from the July 2013 intake and is now working on an oil rig in Taranaki.