Diamond drilling operatives have one of the most highly-skilled and specialist construction jobs – cutting through the toughest materials on a building site.
- Newly trained diamond drilling operatives can earn in the region of £10,000 - £15,000
- Trained with experience diamond drilling operatives can earn in the region of £15,000 - £25,000
- Senior, chartered or master diamond drilling operatives can earn in the region of £25,000 - £30,000
Salaries depend on location, employer and the amount of overtime worked. Self-employed diamond drilling operatives set their own pay rates.
Qualifications and Training
There are no set qualifications that diamond drilling and sawing operatives need, but it helps to have grades at A*-C in maths and English or equivalents such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals 4/5.
An NVQ/SVQ Level 2 in Drilling and Sawing can be achieved by completing the Drilling and Sawing Apprenticeship, a formal two-year training programme.
If you have a minimum of five years’ experience you can take the Experienced Worker Practical Assessment (EWPA). This combines the key parts of the SVQ/NVQ into one practical assessment, together with work-based evidence and employer endorsement. Alternatively you can do On-Site Assessment and Training (OSAT).