Resources Drilling Technician (Optional Co-op) Curriculum

Formerly named: Resources Drilling and Blasting

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

Accepting Applications for September 2018

See curriculum for: January 2019
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 04, 2018
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
RDB
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$2,145.38 per semester*
International:
$7,793.45 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

MATH 63
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will enable students to apply specific mathematical concepts and acquire foundation skills important in the Natural Resource and Environmental Sciences. It is designed to complement and reinforce learning within other first semester courses and program areas.

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

ENVR 20
Units/ Hours: 60

Learn how nature works by studying the key components of the ecosystems in the Kawartha Lakes Region. Through field and lab exploration of wild life, landforms, forests, lakes, rivers and wetlands, students will see the connections between themselves, the environment and ecosystems that surround them.

ECOS 13
Units/ Hours: 60

This course will focus on three areas of study: identification, field and lab skills. Students will identify and classify the living and non-living components of the specific ecosystems described in the Ecology and Environment (ENVR 20) course. Field skills to be developed include the ability to navigate through the natural environment and use a variety of ecosystem inventory techniques. Special emphasis will be placed on safe work habits in lab and field.

GEOM 122
Units/ Hours: 90

In this course, students will learn to collect, record, interpret and manage spatial and non-spatial data from a variety of disciplines within the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. The use of information technology will be used to manipulate and integrate data in a Geographic Information System, and recognized cartographic standards will be applied to create maps for use in their field of study.

NATR 8
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will enable students to develop a personal position and direct their career path within the context of the environmental and natural resource industry. An integrated, community based learning approach will be used to identify and apply a personal understanding of leadership, sustainability and community in the context of natural resource sciences.

Semester 2

GEOL 73
Units/ Hours: 45

This course is designed to teach air rotary/water well drilling methods, applications, and techniques. Well design, development, hole advancement, and casing installation technology will be discussed and demonstrated. Strict compliance with the Ontario Water Resources Act R.S.O. 1990 is expected as well as safety.

APST 154
Units/ Hours: 21

This 7 week course is designed to equip students with the skills needed for their work search and to develop and enhance career planning skills. Students will learn how to write competitive job search documents, interview with confidence, and will develop and use their career portfolio as a tool to identify and incorporate career goals into the job search process.

COMM 202
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications II, building on the foundation of Communications I, is a blended course that teaches students to write and communicate for a variety of professional situations. In seminars, labs and online modules, students will develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their abilities to meet the challenges of a changing workplace.

Pre-Requisites
GEOL 16
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces students to the soil testing and site investigation industry. Drill rig components, operation, servicing, maintenance and repair, drilling practices, and solving down-hole problems will be discussed. Standard procedures and safe work practices required to conduct the various sampling and testing techniques will be gained through hands-on experience in operating labs.

MECH 50
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces students to the operating characteristics, maintenance schedules, and repair of the many types of gasoline and diesel engines, pumps and air compressors found on drilling and accessory equipment. Particular emphasis will be placed on safety when working around equipment, and the proper selection and safe use of hand tools. Documentation of labs is encouraged through the use of a daily log or notebook.

NATR 41
Units/ Hours: 21

The Common Lecture/Lab portion of the Soil Studies course provides an introduction to the physical and chemical properties of soils. Students develop skills in the identification and classification of soil, physical and index properties, textures, soil moisture, soil porosity, and other aspects of soil science using a variety of field and laboratory methods.

NATR 85
Units/ Hours: 21

Soil Studies II course for the Resources Drilling Technician Program introduces students to hydrogeologic profiling, ground water pumping methodology and transmissivity calculations, sample analysis, gravel pack sizing, screen size determination, bentonite based drilling fluids and basic principles of surveying. Throughout the course analytical skills will be developed that are typical of site development and environmental studies.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

Semester 3

GEOL 8
Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides the technical skills required to work in the environmental drilling industry. Working practices at hazardous sites, monitoring well installations, and common soil sampling and testing procedures will be presented with hands-on practical training. Grout types and procedures for grouting and hole abandonment will also presented.

GEOL 72
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces students to the construction drilling industry. Topics will include driving foundations, drilled piles, specialty piles, piled walls, and load testing. This course will be presented in both theoretical and applied learning situations, with a strong emphasis on safety and efficient drilling practices.

GEOL 18
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces students to the horizontal directional drilling industry. Topics will include safety, planning, tracking electronics, and drill fluids. Techniques to maximize boring and back-reaming will be presented in both theoretical and practical learning situations.

MECH 32
Units/ Hours: 45

This one-semester lecture and laboratory course provides students with a basic understanding of drilling hydraulic systems. Topics will include open and closed centre hydraulic systems, gear, vane and piston pumps, motors, directional control valves, lines, hose assemblies and fittings, cylinders, packing and seals, reservoirs, and filtering devices. Students will also be introduced to preventative maintenance and troubleshooting procedures.

GEOL 74
Units/ Hours: 60

This course covers applications and the operation of rotary air and fluid drilling systems in overburden and rock conditions. All theory and applications will be reinforced in actual hands-on drilling labs, with a strong emphasis on safety and efficient drilling practices.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

Semester 4

MECH 3
Units/ Hours: 45

This is an advanced course consisting of hands-on applications of maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of industry-related engines, hydraulic, electrical and drive systems.

GEOL 46
Units/ Hours: 30

This course introduces students to various applications, operating theories, and working principles of hydraulic rock drills and air compressors. Safe work habits, cleanliness, organization, documentation, effective communication, and personal protective equipment will be stressed.

GEOL 47
Units/ Hours: 15

This course is an introduction to using commercial explosives for rock blasting in the quarry and construction industries. The course includes skills for explosive product selection and blast pattern design according to field conditions and expected rock fragmentation. There is a strong emphasis on safe working practices and procedures for blasting in a surface mine and on construction projects.

GEOL 6
Units/ Hours: 45

The objective of this course is to instruct students in core drilling as applied to any one of the drilling industries. Topics will include operation, servicing, preventive maintenance, and repair of core drilling equipment and pumps. Techniques to maximize footage, core recovery, and bit performance will be presented in both theoretical and practical learning situations.

MECH 9
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces students to centrifugal and displacement pump theories, applications, selection, and sizing. Emphasis will be placed on pumps used for directional drilling and related drilling industries. Safe work habits, effective communication, and the proper use of hand and power tools and personal protective equipment are always stressed.

APST 26
Units/ Hours: 45

This course is designed to allow students to obtain program-related experience while working off-campus in the public or private sectors of the workforce. It also provides students with an opportunity to apply existing knowledge and gain new insights in the drilling industry.

APST 115
Units/ Hours: 40

This hands-on course will provide the student with an opportunity to operate blasthole drilling equipment in an off-campus active quarry. Safe work habits, equipment, organization, documentation, and effective communication skills will be exercised and stressed.

GEOL 75
Units/ Hours: 45

Rock Studies course expands on the identification of rocks and minerals. Engineering properties of rock will be taught, along with their association with blasting and drilling. Students will be introduced to Construction Drilling, develop skills in the identification of rocks and minerals, cover the basic principles of surface and structural geology and how these properties affect drilling and blasting and how the driller or blaster may adapt to various geological conditions.