The Foundation Drill Rig Operator program at NAIT was developed in partnership with the International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC) and provides you with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to safely and successfully operate a foundation drill rig for industrial, commercial or residential projects.
Until now, formal training has not been available for foundation drill rig operators. But as more regulatory bodies and employers identified the need for formalized training, we developed this program to meet the needs of industry and to improve safety and efficiency on your worksite.
In our Foundation Drill Rig Operator program, you will gain fundamental knowledge and skills that result in the following 3 key benefits:
- Safety – Learn to identify and minimize potential risks. We will show you how to prepare for an emergency and what to do to keep yourself and those around you safe.
- Credibility – The training you receive will make you a better operator and give you, your employer and your clients confidence in your abilities.
- Employability and job security – Differentiate yourself from other operators by representing your improved safety, efficiency and dedication to continued personal and professional growth.
Level I and Level II of our program consist of 9 online theory courses and a total of 1500 hours of on-the-job experience. These hours must be monitored, recorded and signed off by your mentor and sponsor company.
To obtain the Foundation Drill Rig Operator Certificate of Achievement, you must:
- successfully complete all Foundation Drill Rig Operator Level I and Level II courses, including on-the-job experience
- have your mentor sign off the required competencies within Level I and Level II Practical Competencies Log Book
- complete and submit a Request for Certification Form (pdf), along with the authorized Practical Competencies Log Book, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Foundation drill rig operators may find work in:
- industrial, commercial and residential construction
- mining, geotechnical and core drilling
- aerial and underground cabling
- bridge and structure construction
Basically, wherever construction is underway, a foundation drill rig operator is required for the project.
For entry into the Foundation Drill Rig Operator program, you must:
- possess a minimum of 250 hours of experience working in the construction industry in drill rig operations or related position (i.e., drilling assistant)
- provide a letter of support from your employer
- have an assigned mentor(s), typically a supervisor approved by the company that can vouch for your competency as a drill rig operator
As a foundation drill rig operator, you must be a capable decision-maker who is prepared to work independently when necessary. You will need to enjoy being part of a team and able to remain seated for long stretches of time.
To be successful in this trade, you’ll need:
- coordination and manual dexterity
- good vision
- the ability to lift weight in excess of 25 kilograms
- the ability to work as part of a team
- to communicate with ground crews verbally and with hand signals