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What is a Diamond Driller?

What is a Diamond Driller?

The role of a Diamond Driller

To understand what a diamond driller is, we should first look at the industry. The Diamond Drilling and Sawing industry is a niche section in the construction industry. Diamond Drilling and Sawing operatives use specialist equipment to cut and drill through some of the strongest materials including 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.

The equipment used by diamond drilling and sawing operatives are designed with the toughest natural material on earth, diamonds. Which makes the perfect material to embed into the cores/ blades of the equipment designed to cut through the strongest materials. 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
  • Can cut through the 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?

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 route all which we can provide.

The Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Specialist Concrete Occupations – Concrete Drilling and Sawing is designed to provide 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 are required to attend 21 days off-site training as well as on-site training with a trained and competent mentor/supervisor over an 18-month period. 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. This route requires 4-5 on-site assessments carried out for up to 12 months, if the assessor identifies areas that need work the candidate will be asked to attend up to 4 days off-site training.

Experienced Worker Practical Assessment (EWPA)

Candidates best suited for this route will have a minimum of 2 years’ experience and does not hold the NVQ. To achieve the NVQ through this route the candidate will attend 1-2 days at our training facilities, here the candidate will be required to complete: simulation-based activities, observations, recorded discussions and witness testimonies.

If you are looking to become a Diamond drilling and sawing operative but are unsure which route is best suited to you please call 0115 985 2455 or complete the contact form


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