Resources Drilling Technician (Optional Co-op)

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Take a virtual tour of The Parnham Training Centre, where our Resources Drilling and Blasting program facilities are located.

September 2021

Availability: Accepting Applications
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 07, 2021
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
Sem 1 Delivery:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$2,053.72 per semester*
$8,116.16 per semester*
Complete tuition detail below

January 2022

Availability: Accepting Applications
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
January 10, 2022
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
Sem 1 Delivery:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$2,053.72 per semester*
$8,116.16 per semester*
Complete tuition detail below

This is the only Resources Drilling program available in Canada.

Important program information for the 2020/2021 academic year

The chart below indicates the status of delivery for this program in upcoming academic terms. Please note that program delivery is subject to change based on government and public health requirements and the college's admissions policies.

Sem 3
Fall 2021

Program Highlights

Our School offers the only college program in Canada providing training in Drilling, and we are the only program in the world offering training in so many of the different types of drilling. Numerous sectors rely on drilling skills, so this program opens doors to huge opportunities, many employers, and options to choose which field of drilling you will focus on. Our grads are in high demand. Every year, national and international employers recruit at our on-campus job fairs, and many of our students have employment offers before they graduate.

Currently, these fields offer employment opportunities for drilling careers:

  • Construction Drilling and Blasting
  • Geotechnical Drilling
  • Environmental Drilling
  • Water Well Drilling
  • Resources Drilling, including minerals and oil and gas exploration
  • Horizontal Directional Drilling

In our program, you'll learn the foundational theory, techniques and methods relating to each of these types of drilling, with an emphasis on safe working practices, while you learn to operate a full range of drilling equipment hands-on.

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

Optional Co-op

Students entering the program in September may apply to participate in an optional paid co-op. The deadline to apply is at the end of November, where students must submit an Application Form (including a resume) to the Co-op Office. Students must achieve a 70% (2.5 GPA) average, and pass all courses in Semester 1 in order to be enrolled in the Co-op Option. Students who are accepted will participate in a Career Preparation course, and will do their co-op between semesters 2 and 3. The Co-op Option provides the opportunity to:

  • Integrate classroom learning with work-based learning
  • Explore the variety of careers available in the field
  • Network for future job opportunities

The Co-op Option is not available for students who begin the program in January, as they attend classes over the summer.

Please note: In addition to paying tuition and fees for 4 semesters of study, students participating in the co-op pay a co-op fee (approximately $558.00) for administrative costs associated with the co-op placement.

Advanced Standing - University or College Grads

With your university degree or Ontario College Diploma in a related field, you can get credit for semester one of the Resources Drilling Technician program, and enter directly into semester two. Degrees in the following areas of study will be considered:

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Science - Chemistry or Biology
  • Geography

Graduates with an Ontario College Diploma in one of the following fields of study will be considered:

  • Environmental Science/Studies
  • Natural Resources

Why are Drilling Skills in Demand?

People may assume that resources drilling, such as for minerals and oil and gas exploration, is the sector where most graduates find work. In fact, there are numerous types of drilling required for a variety of industries and projects, with excellent job prospects:

  • Geotechnical Drilling is required before any large construction project can begin. This involves subsurface investigations to evaluate property for infrastructure development, drilling for soil samples, determining soil type and depth, and ground conditions.
  • Construction Drilling includes drilling foundations and anchoring piles for bridges, roadwork, or for any large building or development.
  • Environmental Drilling involves obtaining samples of soil and groundwater, to control or remediate contaminants. Sites such as fuel service stations, landfills, mining operations, or abandoned infrastructures are examined, to either monitor or to reclaim the land for other purposes.
  • Drilling skills are essential for water well design, installation and monitoring.
  • Horizontal Directional Drilling is used to drill underneath structures such as roadways, foundations, or other properties, or beneath lakes, rivers or streams. The goal is to create a below-ground conduit, providing a transportation solution for waterlines, electrical lines, pipelines, or fibre-optic cables, for example.
  • Geothermal Drilling, to install geothermal heating or cooling systems, is another growing field.

The Skills You Need to Succeed

Our well-rounded program provides the courses and hands-on experience you need to begin a career in this exciting and varied sector. A full 80% of the program consists of practical learning sessions - in our state-of-the-art, on-campus Parnham Training Centre, and off-campus in the field. You'll also be challenged to think on your feet and use your problem-solving skills.

  • You'll work on a full range of drilling equipment in our five service bays.
  • Four specially equipped classrooms/labs feature everything from a drilling simulator to hands-on drilling activities.
  • Course work includes an introduction to emerging fields, such as the geothermal industry.
  • You'll get industry recognition for your studies. Our grads are exempt from taking the mandatory Ontario Ministry of the Environment 10-day Water Well Constructed Course. (Ontario Regulation 903 requires successful completion of this training for new well technicians.)

Why Choose Fleming

Our unique program offers a rare combination of technical training, theory and hands-on experience. Due to our strong connections with the industry, and our geographical location, the program is well positioned to place graduates throughout North America and globally. Employers know our grads have a good foundation of theory and practice, as well as 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.

Lisa Kraemer is the Coordinator for Common First Semester.

Work Experience

Following your first semester, you'll begin to explore specialized training in drilling. As mentioned, you'll spend most of your time in labs or field classes, putting your education to work and refining your skills. 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 and physical health
  • flexibility (particularly regarding hours of work)
  • interpersonal skills
  • analytical and creative thinking skills
  • mechanical aptitude
  • ability to lift 40 kilograms
  • able to stand for 12 hours
  • able 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. You may work in an urban, rural, or more remote area, throughout Canada, North America, or around the world. 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 Directional 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.

Pathway Programs

Graduates of the two-semester Blasting Techniques program are eligible for entry to semester two of Resources Drilling Technician. The General Arts and Science – Environmental and Natural Resource Studies Option is another program to consider if you do not meet the requirements for admission to Resources Drilling Technician. Graduates of this program also earn credit for first semester of Resources Drilling Technician.

International Students

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

Additional Costs

Plan to spend about $1,500 for books, supplies and safety equipment.

Textbook Required

The Drilling Manual, 5th Edition, ADITC (Australian Drilling Industry Training Committee Limited) - $200

Mandatory Equipment Students Need to Provide /Purchase

  • Vest or Jacket (detachable hood only) with CSA Approved Class 3 Reflective Striping on Orange Background
  • Overalls or Coveralls with CSA Approved Class 3 Reflective Striping on Orange Background
  • CSA Approved 8″ (minimum) Work Boots
  • Work Gloves
  • Pocket Note Book
  • Pencil (not pen)
  • Watch or other Time Keeping Device

Note: As labs run outdoors during the winter months, insulated CSA Approved Class 3 Reflective Striping on Orange Background work wear is recommended. And during wet weather, safety rain gear is also recommended.

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)
  • Hydraulics Textbook (Supplied in Third Semester)
  • Digital Multimeter (Supplied in Fourth Semester)
  • Fittings Lab Project supplies (Supplied in Fourth Semester)

Extra Courses

Approximate costs for extra courses that are optional but recommended:

Minimum Admission Requirements

Students applying to Resources Drilling Technician (Optional Co-op) must meet the following requirements:

  • OSSD including Gr 12 C English and Gr 12 C Math

OSSD with majority of courses at College (C ) or Open (O) unless otherwise stated.
Grade 12 C courses will be accepted where Gr 11 C course requirements are listed.
Where College level courses are listed, U and M courses will be 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.

Technology Requirements

Windows (ideal) or Mac computer. Information about hardware requirements can be found on the ArcGIS Desktop system requirements page.

Tuition and Fees Detail

Tuition and ancillary fees are subject to change without notice. The fees presented below reflect Fall start programs only for the current academic year. For details about the fee differences for other program start dates please refer to the below.

Transfer Agreements

You may be able to use credits obtained at Fleming College to continue your postsecondary education in pursuit of a degree. The articulation and credit transfer agreements with our partner institutions are summarized below.

Ontario Tech University

  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
  • Completion of the Ontario Tech Commerce Bridge.
Transfer Credit
  • 45 out of a 120 credit degree.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 18 credit diploma.
  • Note: No transfer credits awarded.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.

Seneca College

  • Minimum 70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 4th semester standing in an 8-semester program.

To apply please see the Ontario Colleges website.

For more information
Visit the Seneca College website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the website for agreement information.

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