Underground Mining Raise Boring

Certificate

Program Overview

Location(s):
  • Delivery is subject to needs assessment.
Length: 45 weeks

If you’re already working in Northern Saskatchewan’s mining industry, Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Underground Mining Raise Boring program can provide the training you need to advance into production jobs.

The program is industry driven, meaning it is delivered at northern mine sites by mining companies to employees.

Our Program

Underground Mining Raise Boring is a 45-week certificate program offered in partnership with Northlands College and mining companies working in Northern Saskatchewan. The industry-driven program is specially designed to prepare you to work as a Raise Bore Operator in a Northern Saskatchewan mine.

You’ll receive instruction and training in the concepts and procedures associated with operating a raise bore machine in a safe and efficient manner. You’ll receive a certificate from Saskatchewan Polytechnic upon successful completion of the program.

Your Career

When you graduate, you’ll have the necessary training and skills to work in entry-level positions in hard rock underground service and development. You could work directly for a mining company or for a mining contractor.

For more information about career opportunities related to this program, contact Student Employment Services at the campus nearest you.

Program Details

Start Date(s): Varies

For information regarding program dates and registration, contact Northlands College. For all other inquiries, contact Cristal Glass-Painchaud at cristal.glass@saskpolytech.ca or 306-659-6955.

Tuition and Fees

For information regarding program dates and registration, contact Northlands College. For all other inquiries, contact Cristal Glass-Painchaud at cristal.glass@saskpolytech.ca or 306-659-6955.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores and Post Secondary Success Requirements for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

Not applicable at this time


Post-Secondary Success

One year post-secondary studies

Admission Method

Application must be made directly to Northlands College. Call Northlands toll free at 1-888-311-1185.

PLAR & Transfer Credit

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

Courses

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COMM 185
Industrial Communications
1
You will develop employability skills in both oral and written communications, including writing for the workplace, preparing job search documents and developing effective interpersonal communication skills.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 16.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127, COMM 186, COMM 187, COMM 188
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
EQPT 104
Raise Bore Drill Parts
5
You will receive an introduction to the parts of the six component assemblies of a raise bore drill and learn the purpose of each component.Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 70.0
Prerequisites(s): MINE 105
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
EQPT 105
Drill String and Wrenching System
10
The course covers the components and purpose of the Drill String and Wrenching System and the safe use of wrenching tools.Credit Units: 10
Course Hours: 150.0
Prerequisites(s): EQPT 106
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
EQPT 106
Drill Console and Pendant Controls
5
You will practice operating controls on the drill console. You will study the function of switches, gauges, valves and warning lights on the primary control console and the portable control pendants (consoles). You will also learn safe operating procedures.Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): EQPT 104
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
EQPT 107
Equipment Setup and Takedown
8
You will become familiar with the procedures required to safely and efficiently move, setup, takedown and store a raise bore drill.Credit Units: 8
Course Hours: 120.0
Prerequisites(s): EQPT 105
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
GEOL 145
Ground Control 1
3
The course provides information on rock formations, rock properties, sources of ground movement, equipment and a demonstration of scaling procedures.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Prerequisites(s): MINE 141
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
MINE 100
Raise Bore Drilling Process
1
The course includes hands-on operation of the raise bore and box hole drilling processes. You will examine rock mechanics and the advantages of raise boring over manual rise mining methods.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 10.0
Prerequisites(s): MINE 103
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MINE 101
Drilling the Pilot Hole
16
You will gain an understanding of the procedures and hands-on skills required to safely and efficiently drill a pilot hole.Credit Units: 16
Course Hours: 240.0
Prerequisites(s): MINE 100
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MINE 102
Reaming the Raise
11
You will experience practical hands-on operating procedures to safely and efficiently ream a raise. You will learn inspection procedures, how to collar the raise, handle cuttings and procedures to remove and store reaming equipment.Credit Units: 11
Course Hours: 160.0
Prerequisites(s): MINE 101
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MINE 103
Maintenance and Testing Procedures
1
The course provides an introduction to the drill records maintenance system and how to conduct drill rod and bit testing procedures.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 10.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 109
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MINE 104
Drilling in Uranium Ore
1
You will participate in a supervised, hands-on operation of raise bore equipment in uranium ore.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 10.0
Prerequisites(s): MINE 102
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MINE 105
Manual Drilling
3
You will become familiar with types of manual drilling equipment (Jackleg and Stoper drills) and their components. You will develop safe operating procedures and hands-on skills as you rig-in and operate manual drills.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 50.0
Prerequisites(s): RIGG 103
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MINE 141
Mine Ventilation 1
1
You will receive an introduction to the purpose of mine ventilation systems, the types of systems used in underground mines and the components of mine ventilation systems.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 20.0
Prerequisites(s): SUPP 135
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
MINE 159
Shaft Operations
1
You will study the components of a mine shaft and general shaft safety procedures.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 20.0
Prerequisites(s): MINE 145
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
RIGG 103
Rigging and Staging
3
You will learn about the types of rigging, staging equipment and devices used in underground mines. You will practice the hands-on skills needed to hang pipe and use fixed and mobile staging equipment.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): WORK 144
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SFTY 109
Basic Safety and Maintenance
10
You will review the general and company-specific basic safety principles and maintenance procedures required to operate a raise bore drilling system.Credit Units: 10
Course Hours: 150.0
Prerequisites(s): EQPT 107
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SUPP 135
Introduction to Mining Safety
4
You will become familiar with the range of personal protection/fall arrest/respiratory and fire equipment, safe working practices, WHMIS and OH&S regulations.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 54.0
Prerequisites(s): SUPP 155
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
SUPP 155
Introduction to Mining Industry
3
You will gain an understanding of the types of mineral and metal resources in Saskatchewan, the exploration, development, operations and de-commissioning cycle, and types of surface and underground mining operations.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
WORK 144
Work Experience 1
0
The course provides an introduction to working conditions and activities in an underground mine.Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 75.0
Prerequisites(s): COMM 185
Learning Method(s): Work Experience - Group, Work Experience -Individual

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