Train to work in one of the NWT Diamond Mines

Program: Underground Miner



Program length: 12 Weeks

Start date: Contact Registrar


  • Aurora College Certificate of Achievement


  • Classroom
  • Field-based Training

Program Description

This program is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and basic skills to consider a career as an underground miner. Course content focuses on mining equipment operation using both underground mining equipment and simulators. As well, underground mining methods, mine services, mine safety and mine rescue theory will be taught. The total of 360 hours will be covered in 12 weeks. Course delivery will have a theoretical and practical component. Students will be able to understand and experience many of the daily routines of an underground mining operation. Certificate training courses will also be presented for Standard First Aid & CPR-A, WHMIS, and Mine Rescue – Theory.

Program Eligibility

Applicants wishing to enrol in this program must be 18 years of age. Individual assessments and interviews may be required. Successful completion of Introduction to the Mining Industry is a pre-requisite.

Applicant Assessment

Applicants need to:

  • Submit a resume
  • Submit academic transcripts or Adult Literacy and Basic Education transcripts indicating a minumum Grade 9 or equivalent (applicants may be required to complete a placement test)

Applicants in possession of letters of intent from prospective employers will receive preference.

Program Admission

Applicants will be admitted to the program based upon program eligibility, applicant assessment results and/or personal interviews.

Program Information

This 12-week program is designed to give students a thorough and comprehensive overview of underground mining operations with an emphasis on underground diamond mining. The course material will focus on underground mining careers with emphasis on underground mining equipment operation and mine safety. Experiential learning activities will form a key component of the program, including simulator and actual equipment operation. Students will learn how to work with a partner and as part of a team performing underground mine service duties. Attendance in both class and field activities is mandatory. Students will also receive industry recognized certificate training in First Aid & CPR-A, WHMIS, and Underground Mine Rescue – Theory.

Program Objectives

The overall objective of the program is to provide participants with a thorough overview and understanding of the underground mining process, mine safety, mining methods and mining equipment operation. Instruction will be both theoretical and practical. Students will be exposed to “real life” situations by using available resources – underground mining equipment simulators, mining equipment, guest speakers from industry, field trips, classroom activities, etc. The objective is to produce job-ready, entry-level underground miner trainees.

Completion Requirements

Students must:

  • Complete all assignments to the satisfaction of the instructors.
  • Attend classes and adhere to both Aurora College and program specific policies.
  • Successfully complete all Operator’s Manuals for underground equipment.

Document of Recognition

Aurora College Record of Achievement

Contact Aurora College for more information

How to apply

Participants must be registered with the Mine Training Society of the NWT to be considered for Aurora College Mining Programs.

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