What's involved - View diamond drilling apprentice Stuart's video

They can be involved in tasks as diverse as drilling, floor/track sawing, bursting, crushing and wire sawing in concrete and masonry materials.

The job involves working in a variety of different types of sites and locations, possibly anywhere in the country or abroad. The sites could also be large and require weeks, sometimes months, of work while others may only need a half day visit.

Diamond drilling and sawing involves the use of machinery, careful planning, and high levels of safety.

Skills required

If you enjoy variety then this could be the ideal role for you. One day you could be drilling into concrete walls or floors, the next you could be sawing door/window openings. There are a lot of safety procedures to get to grips with, but above all you'll have to be flexible, happy to work indoors or outdoors and at heights.

You'll need to be good at teamwork as you will be relying on other people - and they on you.

Qualifications required

There are no formal qualifications as full training will be given.

Salary ranges

Qualified diamond drilling and sawing operatives can expect to earn in the region of £16,000 - £21,000.

Progression routes

Progression from this pathway is varied you can either remain in the role of an operative or work your way up through formal training to be a supervisor, manager or maybe even one day to run your own company.

Find out what a real apprentice thinks: 


Which company do you work for?

I work for D-Drill Master Drillers, they're concrete cutting and robotic demolition specialists. We undertake diamond drilling, coring through concrete and cutting concrete with floor saws, wire saws and track saws.

What do you do day-to-day?

In my daily job I undertake different activities - diamond drilling, floor sawing, wall sawing and wire sawing which is a bit rarer.

What are the good bits about your job?

I enjoy every aspect of my job. Every day is different. There's no monotony in it. Sometimes you don't know what you're doing until the morning. You get to see parts of the country that you've perhaps never seen before. It's really enjoyable.

What's the coolest thing you've done so far?

The proudest moment of my apprenticeship was actually completing the course, getting the NVQ Level 2.

What would you say to anyone who wanted to try this?

Anyone thinking of doing this for a career, the best advice I could give them would be to always listen to your peers, listen to your managers and don't be scared to have a go on the equipment. You're not going to learn by just watching.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In the future after completing the NVQ Level 2 which I've done recently, I'll perhaps consider taking the NVQ Level 3 which is more of a supervisory qualification and hope that a position opens up for me.