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What is a Diamond Driller?

What is a Diamond Driller?

The Role of a Diamond Driller

Firstly, to understand what a diamond driller is, we should look at the industry. The Diamond Drilling and Sawing industry is a niche section in the construction industry. By utilizing advanced equipment and techniques, skilled operatives in the Diamond Drilling and Sawing industry are able to expertly cut and drill through some of the most resilient materials; such as concrete, stone, and metal. Diamond drillers will complete jobs such as forming holes in walls or slabs to create openings for doorways, windows and lift shafts, assisting with demolition, removing large sections of concrete whilst keeping the integrity of the structure plus much more.

DSA operatives use equipment designed with the toughest natural material on earth, diamonds. Henceforth it makes the perfect material to embed into the cores/ blades of the equipment designed to cut through the strongest materials. Additionally, with numerous diamond cutting and drilling equipment available, it has become one of the most effective methods of creating precise holes and cuts.

Advantages of Diamond Drilling

  • Accurate, neat, and high-standard cutting and drilling
  • It can cut through strong materials
  • Reduces hand-arm vibrations
  • Minimal dust output
  • Environmentally friendlier than other methods
  • Increased Access – used in a wide variety of places, from confined rooms to underwater

 How to Become a Diamond Driller?

Firstly, to become a diamond driller you will need to complete the Level 2 NVQ Diploma Specialist Concrete Occupations (Construction) – Concrete Drilling and Sawing, this can be achieved through three routes all of which we can provide.

The Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Specialist Concrete Occupations – Concrete Drilling and Sawing; Provides candidates with the skills and knowledge to carry out drilling and sawing activities safely and competently.

All routes for diamond drilling courses require candidates to be employed as a diamond drilling and sawing operative.

Specialist Applied Programe (SAP) (Apprenticeship)

This route is suitable for candidates with little or no experience in construction. Candidates must attend 21 days of off-site training and receive on-site training from a competent mentor/supervisor for a duration of 18 months. Over the 18 months the candidate will have all the knowledge and practical skills to complete diamond drilling and sawing tasks.

On-Site Assessment & Training (OSAT)

This route is best suited for experienced drilling and sawing operatives & Supervisors that don’t currently hold the NVQ.  Candidate must be working as either Drilling and Sawing operations or carrying out demolition tasks. The candidate must undergo 4-5 on-site assessments within a period of up to 12 months for this route. The candidate must attend up to 4 days of off-site training if the assessor identifies areas that need improvement.

Experienced Worker Practical Assessment (EWPA)

To enter this route, candidates need 2 years of experience and no NVQ. Futhermore,in order to obtain the NVQ via this pathway, attending 1-2 days at our training facilities is necessary.

Therefore, if you are uncertain about becoming a DSA operative, feel free to reach out to us by calling 0115 985 2455. Additionally you can also do this by completing the contact form.