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Air Rotary Drilling - Helper Training

Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining
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Program Description

This program offers students the opportunity to learn about the basics of air rotary drilling and to develop entry-level skills to work alongside and aid an Air Rotary driller and the rig. 
Students will undergo an intensive classroom section exploring fundamentals such as drillers and the drilling industry; drilling fundamentals; air rotary drilling equipment and methods; air rotary drill mechanics; introductory geology; sampling and sampling equipment and maintaining logs, records and reports.
This program combines classroom theory, shop work and field activity.  Shop instruction will introduce students to welding, hydraulic, engines, rig maintenance and sling/ rigging.  Field components of the program will include mobilizing an air rotary drill to a field location and drilling of numerous drill holes.


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Admission Requirements

  • Math 10 (Applications, Principles, and Foundations , or Apprenticeship & Workplace) AND English 10
  • Mature Student Status with acceptable scores on the College Placement Assessment or GED;
  • Good health and physically fit.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs

Other Requirements

  • Successful candidates must pass an industry-led job readiness and aptitude interview
  • References (work or personal).
  • Good vision and hearing
  • Ability to take direction
  • Strong desire to work outdoors


The introduction to Air Rotary Drilling program is a 28 day program, running 6 days per week at 8 hours per day.  The program is offered through the Whitehorse campus and consists of a shop and class room portion to each day. 

Program: dates pending

General Outcomes

At the end of the program, students will have:

  • General knowledge of the workings and procedure of a drilling rig and the bore hole
  • Basic drilling safety procedures
  • The ability to work alongside and assist a driller in his or hers operations


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Tuition and Fees.

Ancillary Fees pdf 21 KB

Course Fee: $2,025
Ancillary Fees include a $25 technology fee and $10 union fee.
Additional Costs:

  • If students are from outside Whitehorse, students will be responsible for covering their food and accomodation costs.
  •  Students will be responsible for transportation to and from Whitehorse.
  •  Students need to provide steel-toed boots.