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Drillers Helper

Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining
t. 867.668.8760
f. 867.668.2935

Program Description

This program offers students the opportunity to learn about the basics of drilling and to develop entry-level skills to work alongside and aid a driller and at the rig. This program combines classroom theory, shop work and field activities.

Students will undergo an intensive classroom section exploring the fundamentals of drilling and the drilling industry; drilling equipment and methods; drill mechanics; introductory geology; sampling and sampling equipment and maintaining logs, records and reports following common core practices.

This program combines classroom theory, shop work and field activity. Shop instruction will introduce students to welding, hydraulics, engines, rig maintenance and sling/ rigging. Field components of the program will include field placements to active exploration sites to work with a drilling contractor.


Please click here for an application.

Admission Requirements

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and provide a driver abstract.
  •  Have good health, vision, hearing and physically fit and be willing to provide a medical examination report.
  •  Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  •  Can provide references (work or personal).
  •  Have an ability to manage shift work on a rotational basis.
  •  Have an ability to take direction and work well with others.
  •  All successful candidates must pass an industry-led job readiness and aptitude interview.

Other Requirements

  • Good vision and hearing
  • Strong desire to work outdoors


The Driller's Helper program is a 6-week program with students attending 7.5 hours per day for 5 days per week. The program will be held at the Yukon College - Ayamdigut campus and consists of classroom theory with hands-on shop and field activities. Field placements will be approximately 1 week in duration with shifts averaging 12 hours per day.

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.