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  • 06/15/2022 4:30 PM | Steve L Richert (Administrator)

    SNYDER, Texas — Western Texas College announced Thursday it has received a $500,000 grant that enabled the construction of a well control training lab.

    Western Texas College now able to provide well control training, thanks to a $500,000 grant |

  • 10/29/2021 12:32 PM | Steve L Richert (Administrator)

    HOUSTON, 10/28/2021. – The board of the International Association of Well Control Instructors (IAWCI) announced today the appointment of Tim Andrews as President.

    Mr. Andrews will be working with the International Association of Well Control Instructor Ambassadors worldwide to improve well control instruction via instructor recruitment, instructor training, new training materials development, and signing up new training providers.                                                                                                                         READ MORE

    “Tim brings a unique skill set to the Association,” said Steve L. Richert, IAWCI Board Member. “His personality, willingness to work with others, and ability to navigate the intricacies of business provide a tremendous asset to well control training instructors and providers.”

    As a second-generation well control instructor, Tim Andrews has been in and around the oil and gas industry for most of his life. He worked offshore for Noble Drilling for ten years, working in the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, and Australia. Since leaving Noble in 2015, he has been a well control instructor, working primarily out of East Texas, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

    Mr. Andrews holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston-Downtown, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University-Shreveport. In addition to his new role with IAWCI, he is also a lead instructor for Well Control School, an IAWCI Provider Member.

    “I am very excited to work with the International Association of Well Control Instructors and help bring well control training into the 21st century,” said Mr. Andrews. “As instructors, we need to realize that no matter what company we may work for, only together can we improve the quality of well control training and instruction throughout the industry.”


    About the International Association of Well Control Instructors

    The International Association of Well Control Instructors is a 501(c) educational foundation dedicated to changing how the oil and gas industry delivers training. By bringing together instructors, training providers, and subject matter experts, we are strengthening well control training for the future.


    Media Contact: 

    Ryan Hays
    IAWCI Board Member