We all play different roles at First Drilling.

From the drill team, to our maintenance team, to our safety and training team, to our home office… we are proud to call ourselves drillers.

Our team may wear hard hats, turn wrenches, or review safety procedures. We may sit in offices or operate heavy equipment. But every one of us is First Drilling.

We are all in the business of drilling rock.

Kyle Rhoderick


As CEO of Tarn Drilling, Kyle Rhoderick brings a unique perspective. He has over 20 years of technical and management experience in the mining and mineral industry in a variety of roles. Kyle has been a mine geologist, a surveyor, mine planning engineer, drill and blast engineer, open pit production foreman, underground production general foreman, corporate raw materials manager and contracting manager. These experiences underlay his vision for First Drilling. Kyle holds a B.S. in Geology from Auburn University. He is also a certified MSHA trainer.

Derek Erickson

Manager of US Operations

Derek Erickson has been working in the industry for over 15 years. Leveraging his extensive experience in the field, he has held various management positions with First Drilling, including several Alaskan projects. He now looks after the field operations in the United States.

Safety Excellence

Operate safely or not at all – no task is worth doing in an unsafe manner.


Solutions driven – focusing on the needs of the customer.


Conduct ourselves in a manner that advances the reputation of ourselves, our company and our industry in the workplace and in public.


Achieve more than what is expected.


The industry’s “Go To” services provider, offering a comprehensive service to our customer.



When your needs call for Diamond Core Drilling, Reverse Circulation Drilling, or Percussive Drilling, make the right decision and contact First Drilling for a quotation.