Drilling Services Technology Center opening delayed to 2021 in Tomball

Lone Star College System is planning to build a Drilling Services Technology Center on Humble Road in Tomball. (Rendering courtesy Lone Star College System)
Lone Star College System is planning to build a Drilling Services Technology Center on Humble Road in Tomball. (Rendering courtesy Lone Star College System)

Lone Star College System is planning to build a Drilling Services Technology Center on Humble Road in Tomball. (Rendering courtesy Lone Star College System)

The Lone Star College System’s Drilling Services Technology Center is anticipated to open in January 2021, a delay from the previous September 2020 timeline, said Linda Head, the senior associate vice chancellor of external and employer relations.

The $12.6 million center, funded by a $485 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2014, will be located on Humble Road in Tomball, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. Plans for the center include a customized training rig, a modular training building and an equipment building, which will offer training in drilling, hydraulic manufacturing and other engineering technology located both on a rig and in the classroom, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

As of early February, the college system had secured a contract with an architect, and Head said she anticipated a request for proposals for the rig itself to be sent out within 30 days.

“It’s not just for drillers; it’s for maintenance technicians, rig electricians, engineers, petroleum engineers ... and for other people that might work in the industry just to see what a working rig looks like,” she said.

Head said as the center is part of the LSC-Corporate College, students at all campuses within the system may use the center for training purposes, and she foresees local school districts also using the center.


“We’re building a large viewing catwalk around the center so the school districts can bring both parents and kids and counselors to come out and see what it looks like and have a better understanding of that part of the industry,” she said.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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