Drilling & Trenching Services

Cobra Directional Drilling & Trenching

“No job is too big, or too small.”

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Cobra Drilling: Locally owned and operated Edmonton directional drilling company

At Cobra Directional Drilling and Trenching, we believe that no job is too big or too small. That’s why we’ve been taking on the construction industry since 2001, and we still do it every day.

From our humble beginnings as a family-owned company, we have now grown to be a leader in underground utility installation. Sandy McLaren Sr. founded the company in the spring of 2001 servicing the needs of local homeowners and businesses. From there we have become a full-service underground utility contractor that specializes in trenchless technology.

In 2016, the company was passed down to his son Sandy McLaren and trusted partner Jason Derpack. We are proud to say that we have never lost sight of our original mission: to provide quality workmanship to every customer, no matter how big or small their project may be.

Armed with a continuing desire to grow and improve our services for our customers, we look forward to expanding our service offerings even further than before!


Why Choose Us?

Our team consists of experienced professionals who are ready to tackle any job, regardless of size or scope. It is extremely important to us that we provide you with exceptional customer service at every step along the way. That’s why we work closely with our clients from start to finish — so they can rest assured that their project will be completed on time and within budget.

We use state-of-the-art heavy equipment

Cobra Drilling stays on top of the latest technology to provide the best drilling services for any project. Our equipment is state of the art, and we always upgrade when needed, so our crews always work with top-quality machinery. You can depend on us to make sure that your project is completed to the best of standards. No matter what kind of underground utility installation you need, we have the right tools and experience to get it done.

We are experts

Having been in the business since 2001, we know first-hand from experience how to manage all aspects of a project from start to finish. Together, we can create an efficient workflow plan resulting in time and cost savings for you. We also understand that every job is different and could present a different set of challenges. This is where our expertise comes in! Our team will know the best ways and solutions to meet all your project needs.

We value safety

Safety has always been our top priority. We can assure you that all employees who work onsite have completed training sessions and certifications. We also have a safety program in place that ensures all employees are prepared in case an emergency happens.

We are reliable

At Cobra Drilling, we take pride in our workmanship and customer service, so you can rest assured knowing that your project will be completed on time and within budget. We provide our employees with the proper training and technology that guarantees your utility installations are done perfectly every time.
You won’t be disappointed when you choose us for any drilling job! We will arrive on time, complete the job safely and efficiently, and clean up after ourselves when we leave.


Cobrad Directional Drilling & Trenching Ltd. is proud to offer the following core services. If you do not see what you need please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

Directional Drilling
  • Offering a range of boring sizes from 4”-20”
  • Installation of single or multiple ducts/pipes/product
  • Installation of HDPE, PVC, and steel pipe
Chain Trenching
  • Recommended for clients needing narrow trenches
  • Chains can cut through hard ground
  • Fast installation and can be done all year-round
Backhoe/Trackhoe Services
  • JD 310 Rubber tire backhoes
  • Komatsu PC 138 excavator
  • JD 35D mini excavator
  • JD 50D mini excavator
  • Bucket widths from 14”-42”
  • May be used for a variety of applications
Hydrovac Services
  • Daylighting of utilities
  • Slurry removal (non-contaminated only)
  • Up to 200’ of remote hose available to access hard to reach work areas
  • Steaming/pipe flushing
Skidsteer Services
  • Smooth and toothed buckets
  • Trench compactor
  • Auger attachment
  • Sweeper attachment
Picker Truck Services
  • Base/light pole installation
  • Delivery services available
Pipe Fusing
  • Full inspection of all pipes and fittings from certified and trained technicians
  • Use of electric hydraulic machine or self-contained track mounted machine with generator
  • Data logging and quality assurance
  • Repair services
Cable Splicing and Activation
  • Fibre optic cable splicing (manual or mechanical)
  • Fibre optic cable splicing using a fusion splicer machine
  • Electrical cable splicing
  • Full system splicing, testing, and activation

Happy Customers

Like every company, we are only as strong as our backbone which is our clients. We strive to ensure every customer is a life long friendship.

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At Cobra we care about our community and are proud to sponsor the following organizations

  • Ardrossan Curling Club
  • Judgement Paintball
  • Minor Hockey