Resources Drilling and Blasting

From day one in the two-year Resources Drilling and Blasting program, you will learn hands-on the theory and skills needed to succeed in this exciting field.


Fall 2015
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: RDB
Location: Lindsay
Coordinator: Steve Wilkinson Email
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Start Dates: September 08, 2015
Tuition Fees: $1,940.84 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.
Winter 2016
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: RDB
Location: Lindsay
Coordinator: Steve Wilkinson Email
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Start Dates: January 11, 2016
Tuition Fees: $1,882.84 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Program Highlights

When you work in Resources Drilling and Blasting, you'll encounter variety and challenges every day. You will use problem solving, analytical and creative thinking skills. You've got to think on your feet, and use your ingenuity. A full 80 per cent of the program consists of practical learning sessions - most of it taking place in our impressive, on-campus Parnham Training Centre and off-campus in the field.

  • You'll work on a full range of drilling equipment in our five service bays.
  • Four specially equipped classrooms/labs in the facility will further enhance your drilling education, with everything from a drilling simulator to hands-on drilling activities.
  • Classroom sessions are complemented by hands-on drilling labs, including work in local quarries.
  • The program will also cover an introduction to the geothermal industry.
  • Global work opportunities - many graduates have opportunities to work around the world.
  • Our grads are exempt from taking the mandatory Ontario Ministry of the Environment 10-day Well Constructed Course. Ontario Regulation 903 requires successful completion of  this training for new well technicians.

Why Choose Fleming

Fleming's Resources Drilling and Blasting program is the only one of its kind in the world! It offers a rare combination of technical training and hands-on experience. As a graduate, you'll be well prepared to work in the field. Due to our strong connections with the industry, and our geographical location, the program is well positioned to place graduates throughout North America. Employers from around the world seek out graduates of the Resources Drilling and Blasting program. They know grads have a good foundation of theory and practice, and have excellent transferrable skills to draw upon for any challenge in the workplace.


Common First Semester
Students in our School’s diploma programs take the same courses for first semester after choosing and being accepted into one of our programs. This common focus exposes you to a variety of career options and other programs. You will have the freedom to explore and obtain a multidisciplinary perspective, while you acquire a base of knowledge and fundamental skills.

Although students are accepted into a specific program for their first semester, the common first semester allows you to change direction if you find another program or career area is more appealing. Once you have successfully completed the common first semester, you can enter the program of your choice in second semester, subject to enrolment capacity.

Thomas Luloff is the Coordinator for Common First Semester.

Work Experience

Following your first semester, you'll begin to explore specialized training in drilling and blasting. As mentioned, you'll spend most of your time in labs or field classes, putting your education to work and refining your skills in our state-of-the-art Drilling and Blasting training centre. You'll also take part in field assignments in local quarries and job-related activities. Practical experience in semester four is subject to a criminal records check as required by field placement site management.

Is this You?

You've got to love working outside, enjoy hands-on work, be willing to operate equipment, and be independently minded. Opportunities exist for both men and women - more brains than brawn is required to be competent in the field. Some of the personality traits and skills essential to your success include:

  • good motor skills, physical health
  • flexibility (particularly regarding hours of work)
  • interpersonal skills
  • analytical and creative thinking
  • mechanical aptitude
  • ability to lift 40 kilograms
  • ability to stand for 12 hours
  • ability to read and understand safety labels

Career Opportunities

Faculty report that the requests for graduates by industry often exceed the number of students completing this program. Upon graduation you'll find yourself in positions such as driller or helper working in rural, remote or populated areas. You could work anywhere in North America. At least ten global industries are open to you for potential employment, including: Construction Drilling, Geotechnical, Environmental, Blast-hole drilling, Blasting, Mineral Exploration and Mining (surface and underground), Horizontal Direction Drilling, Geothermal, Water Wells Construction Drilling, and Oil and Gas industries. 

You can move up the ladder to own a business, or work in sales, tech support, or management with larger companies. Your potential employment is excellent as a graduate of our one-of-a-kind program.  The average starting annual income is  $52,000.00 but you could make much more than that within a few years after graduation. Even as a summer student employee, it is possible to earn $20,000.00 to $30,000.00.

Minimum Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:

  • 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)
  • 2 College (C) Math courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)

When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.

Mature Students

If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for this program.

* Students starting in January are required to attend classes over the summer semester.

Pathway Program

If you do not meet the admission requirements for Resources Drilling and Blasting, consider the General Arts and Science – Environmental and Natural Resource Studies Option. This pathway program may provide the requirements you need for admission, while you earn credit for first semester of Resources Drilling and Blasting.

International Students

If you are an international student, check the information on admission requirements and how to apply located here.

Related Programs

Other programs to consider at Fleming if you're interested in working with machinery include Blasting Techniques,  Earth Resources Technician or Heavy Equipment Techniques.

Additional Costs

Plan to spend about $1,300 in the first year and $100 in the second year for books, supplies, safety equipment and camps. Approximate costs for extra courses which are optional but recommended: WHIMIS $30 online; Fall Arrest $105; Transportation of Dangerous Goods $108; Arc Welding $130; First Aid $135 (Peterborough); H2S $200; DZ License $995.

Mandatory Equipment Students Need to Provide /Purchase

  • CSA Approved Reflective Striping Vest or CSA Approved Reflective Striping Jacket
  • Overalls or Coveralls (recommended orange with CSA Approved Reflective Striping)
  • Work Gloves
  • CSA Approved 8" (minimum) Work Boots
  • Pocket Note Book
  • Pencil (not pen)
  • Watch or other Time Keeping Device

Mandatory Equipment Supplied by College (costs included in student’s Tuition/Fees payments)

  • CSA Approved Hard Hat Class E (supplied in Common First Semester)
  • Folding Jack Knife (supplied in Common First Semester)
  • Tape Measure (supplied in Common First Semester)
  • Safety Glasses (supplied in second semester)
  • Hearing Protection (supplied in second semester)

Transfer Agreements

For more information see the Pathways to University page.

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