Can you imagine drilling a hole through solid rock that is four times the height of the CN tower? As a diamond driller, that is the challenge that Mike Brisson faces every day. Using special drills made of bits of industrial diamonds, Mike is able to cut through layers of rock to obtain core samples of the mineral wealth deep underground. Mining and exploration companies analyze these core samples before investing hundreds of millions of dollars to develop a mine.
Diamond drilling is very specialized, requiring a high degree of expertise and precision. Mike received his training through a course offered by his employer. He has worked extensively throughout northern Ontario, the Arctic and northern Saskatchewan in his quest for diamonds, uranium and other important resources.
With the mining industry booming, diamond drilling companies are very busy. These specialized companies, located around the globe, operate year-round, 24/7. Mike works 12-hour day or night shifts on a five-day schedule. On weekends though, he takes full advantage of nearby lakes to boat and fish.
A diamond driller is compensated well for hard work. “There’s good money to be made in it,” says Mike. Those who succeed in this career are reasonably strong, mechanically inclined and recognize the importance of working safely.