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Surface Diamond Driller’s Helper

In consultation with BC drilling companies, this training has been developed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to work safely and productively as an entry-level Driller's Helper on a diamond drill. This 11 day course incorporates theory, a number of safety certificates and hands-on practice on a drill.

Course topics include:

  • Familiarization with the mineral exploration drilling work environment
  • After work procedures
  • Drill pad construction
  • Set-up, operation, and maintenance of a water supply pump and water line
  • Efficient handling of drill rods and inner core tubes
  • Accurate marking of core boxes

Career Opportunities 

Students will gain basic knowledge and hands-on, practical skills to work safely and productively as a driller’s helper on a diamond drill.

Contract Training

The Surface Diamond Driller’s Helper course is available upon demand.  

Learn more about Contract Training at NWCC.  For more information or to request a quote contact the NWCC School of Exploration & Mining.


Driller’s Helper is a very physically demanding position.  Students entering into this field should be in good physical health and be prepared to live in a remote camp environment, working 12 – 14 hour shifts, day or night, when employed.   A mechanical aptitude and strong work ethic are traits preferred by employers.