Diamond Driller Assistant Common Core


    Program Length: 8-week Certificate Program
    Total Hours: 400
    Delivery: In-class/hands-on training
    Location: Kirkland Lake Campus and Training Drill Site
    Dates: January 10 – March 4th
    *Funding Sources are Available
    Application Form (PDF, 374 KB)

Program Overview
Northern College has developed this modular training program to cover the basic knowledge and skills required to work competently as a helper to a Surface and Underground Diamond Drill Operator. The Diamond Driller Assistant Common Core Program is designed to cover the following areas of competency required in the MTCU (Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities) Certification Program #P770200 and #P770150.

U0669 – Follow Surface Diamond Drill Induction Procedures
U0652 – Work Safely In A Surface Diamond Drilling Environment
U0653 – Operate Hand and Power Tools
U0655 – Operate Lifting Mechanism(s) (Rigging)
U0668 – Protect The Natural Environment
U0670 – Perform General Lock Out & Tag on Prime Movers & Other Related Equipment
U0657 – Recover and Handle Core
U0673 – Read & Interpret Layouts/Drill Hole Plan
U0660 – Operate Snowmobile
U0662 – Operate Portable Generator
U0656 – Operate Portable Pumping Equipment – (Propane Handling)
U0661 – Operate ATV
U0654 – Operate Chainsaw
U0659 – Operate Track Vehicle
U0664 – Helicopter Awareness

0000 – Follow Surface and Underground Induction Procedures
0001 – Perform General Inspections
0002 – Scale Loose Rock

Module Descriptions

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will have knowledge of equipment used in various underground and surface mining exploration operations in a safe manner, and receive certification in health and safety training that meets the industry standards in Ontario.

Successful graduates of this program will receive a Northern College Certificate. This program will help prepare students for certification through the Apprenticeship Branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities since they will be completing a modular training program that will help them be more competent and marketable to employers.

Fitness Level Requirements
Jobs in the mining sector are physically demanding. Therefore, it is recommended (but not required) that anyone pursuing a career in this field have a complete physical prior to registering for this program. Below average hearing, vision and back health may restrict the opportunities which exist in this field. Participants should also be aware that most contractors and mining companies require company medical exams as part of their hiring process including audio metric testing.

Personal Protective Equipment
Arrangements will be made to ensure that the equipment listed below will be provided on the first day of training. Equipment costs covered by the tuition fee include:

  • Coveralls with reflectors (Winter Coat Seasonal)
  • Hard hat (CSA Approved) with Muffs (Winter Liner Seasonal)
  • Miners wrench with hammerhead
  • Work gloves (Winter or Summer)
  • Miners belt
  • Safety glasses with side shields
  • CSA approved safety-boots with metatarsal guards (Ice Grips Seasonal)

**The above equipment will be purchased by Northern College for each student**. Equipment not included in the cost of the tuition: Warm clothing especially in winter (i.e.: long underwear and wool socks), full body rain gear, exercise Gear (mandatory) (i.e.: running shoes, and clothing).

For the theory/classroom components of the program, regular day-to-day clothing is acceptable. The following certifications will be offered during the program, therefore, students are not required to update them prior to the program start up.

  • Workplace Violence and Harrassment
  • First Aid/CPR
  • General Lock and Tag
  • Chainsaw Safety Awareness
  • General Orientation
  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness training session
  • Working at Heights
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Propane Safety Awareness
  • Lifting and Rigging
  • Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps
  • Occupational Health and Safety for Workers

Students who successfully complete this program may be eligible for a transferable credit for the GN 1033 Health and Safety course.

To apply, please contact:
Northern Training Division, Kirkland Lake Campus
Tel: 705-567-9291 ext. 3376