Pictured: Ten of the 11 participants from the Athabasca who graduated from the November 2019 driller helper training course.

Team Drilling Runs Diamond Driller Helper Training Course in the Athabasca

March 10, 2020 in News
Explorer: Spring 2020

This fall, a Diamond Drill Helper Training Course was once again offered in Stony Rapids. Eleven out of the 12 participants graduated. Team Drilling ran a similar course in fall 2018 and had 10 graduates.

“From an employer perspective, we consider this program to be a success,” says Robert Fleming, CEO of Team Drilling. “This is the second time we’ve run this training in two years, and the comprehensive program does a good job of preparing graduates for potential work in the drilling industry. We are hoping to conduct another similar training session in the future as the need arises.”

The goal of the course was to prepare participants for potential upcoming jobs in the drilling industry. The course was a joint effort between Northlands College and Team Drilling. With Funding support from NCQ, Team Drilling provided the driller training, with the course covering topics
such as WHMIS, drill rig set up, core recovery, tripping rods, safety topics, and many more. The training took place at the A&L facility in Stony Rapids, which offers an office area as well as plenty of shop and yard space to provide the hands-on training.

The trainees were from Fond du Lac, Wollaston, Hatchet Lake, Black Lake,
Stony Rapids and Uranium City. Eleven participants passed the course, with each receiving a certificate of completion.

The drilling industry offers an excellent career with a unique lifestyle. “It’s a lot of hard work,” says Fleming. “And spending 3-4 months in the bush at a time, going somewhere new – it’s not for everyone, but those of us in the drilling industry who love it, really love it.”