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Atlas Copco launches global training programme to boost rig operators’ skill


Atlas Copco is now launching a global training program for its customers’ drill rig operators. Called Master Driller, it is an intensive training programme consisting of three levels - Bronze, Silver and Gold - with built-in qualifications enabling trainees to advance to the next level.

Underground Drill Master simulator

From inside the URE Master Driller simulator

The Master Driller programme has been designed for operators within the underground construction and mining sector where productivity, safety and cost are strongly in focus. The training will be run by Atlas Copco instructors.
Patrik Rylander, who led the team that developed the programme, says; "We are very proud to extend our product portfolio with this very unique comprehensive training programme. The programme combines theory, hands-on simulated training and training in real working conditions in the best way. This combination will help our operators to improve their skills and which can result in increased productivity in a safe way.” 
At the bronze level, trainees will be exposed to drilling principles and geological conditions. At the next level, silver, they will transform those theoretical skills from the bronze level into hands-on training by using a simulator and different tests that they have to pass. Finally, at the gold level, they will be required to put the skills they have gained from previous levels into practice under real working conditions at a site.
The Master Driller programme is available from early January 2010.
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For further information, please contact:
Patrik Rylander, Regional Business Manager, Parts and Services
+46 73 337 8025 , e-mail:
Elisabeth Nilsson, Communications Professional
+46 19 670 7019, e-mail:
Atlas Copco is a world leading provider of industrial productivity solutions. The products and services range from compressed air and gas equipment, generators, construction and mining equipment, industrial tools and assembly systems, to related aftermarket and rental. In close cooperation with customers and business partners, and with 136 years of experience, Atlas Copco innovates for superior productivity. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the Group’s global reach spans more than 160 markets. In 2008, Atlas Copco had 34 000 employees and revenues of BSEK 74 (BEUR 7.7).

Atlas Copco Underground Rock Excavation is a division within Atlas Copco’s Construction and Mining Technique business area. It develops, manufactures, and markets a wide range of tunneling and mining equipment for various underground applications worldwide. The division focuses strongly on innovative product design and aftermarket support systems, which give added customer value. The divisional headquarters and main production center is in Örebro, Sweden.