Underground & Surface Diamond Driller
Admission and Administration Requirements
Academic Admission Requirements:
  • High school diploma or high school equivalency (Transcript and/or diploma to be forwarded to the College); or
  • Mature students who do not meet the education prerequisites may be considered for admission on an individual basis provided the following conditions are met:
    • Applicants are at least 19 years of age at the time of application;
    • Applicants have been out of school for at least one year;
    • Applicants complete the standardized assessment instrument and obtain the result of high school equivalence on all subtests;
    • Applicants present a certified copy of grades for the highest educational level attained.
Administration Requirements:
  • Completion of Keyin College’s official application form;
  • Application fee of $50 (non-refundable).  It must be noted that this is an additional cost for the processing of your application.
  • International applications are subject to a $250 application processing fee (non-refundable)

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Current medical report signed by a qualified medical doctor

With the tremendous growth in mineral exploration throughout Newfoundland and Labrador in recent years, and the huge impact that mining development has had and will continue to have in this province, the need has been recognized for trained Diamond Drillers.  Diamond Drillers are needed at the ground level of exploration and according to industry experts there is a severe shortage of trained workers in this province.

Students who enroll in this program will have the opportunity to complete both the surface and the underground Diamond Drilling programs.  They will complete both the Helper Level and the Runner Level.  They will be trained to work in all facets of this vital industry.  In addition to these CORE modules students will also complete certificates in various safety oriented programs.

As with our Hard Rock Mining program, safety will always be the first priority.  Those working the mining industry have hazardous work environments; however, with the appropriate emphasis placed on safety, these environments do not have to be unsafe.  Our students will learn to protect themselves, their coworkers, as well as their employer’s property.  They will know that safety is never to be compromised.  The curriculum reflects this commitment to safety.

Underground & Surface Diamond Driller Courses View
  • Surface & Underground Induction
  • Safety & General Inspections
  • Diamond Drilling Surface
  • Diamond Drilling Underground
  • Operate Stopper/Jackleg/Plugger Drills
  • Operate Motorized Vehicles
  • Portable Pumps
  • Work Around Helicopters
  • Scale Loose Rock
  • Staging & Lifting Devices
  • Chainsaw Operations
  • Protect the Environment
  • Core Recovery & Core
  • Barrel Handling
  • Introduction to Computers & Job Skills
  • Hand & Power Tools
  • Standard First Aid
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Read & Interpret Layouts
  • Fall Arrest
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Powerline Hazards
  • Back Injury Prevention
  • Propane Safety

Currently offered at the following locations:

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