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Skills Programme

Rock Drill Operator in Underground Hard Rock Mines with specialisation in Diamond Drilling

Who should attend

Operate Mobile Machinery for Surface Excavation Operations

Course Material Covered

Explain basic health and safety principles in and around the workplace

Demonstrate knowledge and ability to work in a surface mine

Choice of firefighting course or first aid course included

Choose one of the following fields of specialization

Rubber wheel dozers

Track dozers

Drill blast holes

Face Shovel

Hydraulic excavator

Front end loader



Skid steer loader

Operate Tractor loader backhoe – TLB

Haul Truck

Motor grader

Vehicle mounted dewatering pumps

Drill medium diameter blast holes using hydraulic or pneumatic drilling rig and compressor

Drill small diameter blast holes using a percussion drilling rig and compressor

Drill holes for blasting and/or splitting dimension stone blocks using a mechanised drill rig

Drill intersecting holes for diamond wire sawing

Drill holes using down the hole drill

Small diameter rotary drill not exceeding 170mm

Mechanical core drill

Prepare drill string for retrieving gravel

Deploy drill string to retrieve gravel

Recover drill string

Support drill string operations

Supervise the process of small bore drilling

Repair a rotary drill

Prepare and mark off work area for drilling

Demonstrate an understanding of drilling techniques

Breaking rock using a hydraulic rock breaker

Relocate machines and equipment using a low bed

Transport material and equipment using a flat back truck

Suppress dust using a water bowser

Transport and distribute explosives using a heavy-duty explosives vehicle

Illuminate an area using a lighting plant

Deliver compressed air using a mobile electrical compressor

Transport and distribute explosives by means of a light duty explosives vehicle

Transport personnel, material and equipment using Light Delivery Vehicle

De-water blast holes using vehicle mounted de-watering pump

Bar down loose rocks using appropriate equipment

Transport and distribute fuel using a Fuel Bowser

Operate a mixer-placer explosives truck

Load, transport and place explosives components into blast holes using a mixer-placer truck

Move trailing cable using cable-reeler

Remove and replace off-the-road (OTR) wheels and tyres

Operate a service truck