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Diamond drilling operatives use specialist equipment to cut through the toughest materials on a building site, such as reinforced concrete. They could be called in to remove sections of roads or pavements, assist with demolitions or dismantle towers and bridges, whilst following strict health and safety guidelines.
There are several routes to becoming a diamond drilling operative. You could complete a college course, an apprenticeship or apply directly to an employer for work.
You should explore these routes to becoming a diamond drilling operative, to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
While there are no formal qualifications needed to become a diamond drilling operative, having GCSEs (or equivalent) in maths and English at grade 4 or above would be beneficial for anyone considering this as a career.
You could also undertake a Level 2 course in Drilling and Sawing to prepare you for becoming a diamond drilling operative.
You could become a diamond drilling operative by completing a drilling and sawing apprenticeship.
You’ll need up to 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent to become an apprentice.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have five years of industry experience and are looking to become a diamond drilling operative, you could take the Experienced Worker Practical Assessment (EWPA) which combines the key parts of the Level 2 course in Drilling and Sawing into one practical assessment, along with work-based evidence and employer endorsement.
Alternatively you can do On-Site Assessment and Training (OSAT) in order to get a job as a diamond drilling operative.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a diamond drilling operative. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Desirable skills for a diamond drilling operative include:
A diamond drilling operative is primarily responsible for cutting through concrete and steel reinforced concrete on various construction projects. The role also involves conducting a health and safety assessment, and estimating how much time the work will take before communicating this with the site manager.
Other duties of a diamond drilling operative include:
Ian Reilly is a diamond drilling and saw operative with RT Site Services.
The expected salary for a diamond drilling operative varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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As a diamond drilling operative, there are many opportunities for career progression and a variety of different routes you could take.
As you become more experienced and your skills increase, you could become a self-employed contractor or subcontractor specialising in diamond drilling.
Alternatively, you might decide to pursue more managerial roles such as a contract manager or site engineer.
Explore the progression opportunities below