Becoming a Driller
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Becoming a Driller

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Also known as Drilling Plant Operator.
Assembles, positions and operates a drilling rig and related equipment to extract ore, liquids or gases from the earth. Registration or licensing may be required.
Training time - No data available -
Average pay $104,745
Employment prospects Poor
Employment size 900

What does a Driller do?

  • dismantling, moving and reassembling drilling rigs and accessory plant
  • taking samples of ore, liquids and gases and packaging them
  • performing minor maintenance and repairs, and lubricating and cleaning plant
  • recording performance details and information obtained from wells, and keeping logs detailing operations
  • operating surface and underground mining plant
  • undertaking development work such as opening up new shafts, drives, air vents, rises and crib rooms
  • positioning explosives in bore holes and priming explosives using detonators and explosive cartridges
  • connecting wires, fuses and detonating cords to explosive cartridges and detonators, and detonating explosives
  • monitoring operation of plant and ensuring safety of other workers on mining sites and during drilling operations

Specialisations

  • Development Driller
  • Directional Driller
  • Exploration Driller
  • Jumbo Operator
  • Power Tong Operator
  • Raise Drill Operator
  • Rig Manager
  • Rock Drill Operator
  • Stope Miner
  • Tool Pusher

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