Earth Drillers

Architecture & Construction > Construction

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to Operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. May use explosives. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.

Common job titles of Earth Drillers include:

Experience and Education

Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

  • 72.77% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 15.07% said they needed a Less than a High School Diploma.


    Document geological formations encountered during work.

    Assemble and position machines, augers, casing pipes, and other equipment, using hand and power tools.

    Select the appropriate drill for the job, using knowledge of rock or soil conditions.

    Pour water into wells, or pump water or slush into wells to cool drill bits and to remove drillings.

    Withdraw drill rods from holes, and extract core samples.

    Monitor drilling operations, checking gauges and listening to equipment to assess drilling conditions and to determine the need to adjust drilling or alter equipment.

    Operate controls to stabilize machines and to position and align drills.

    Select and attach drill bits and drill rods, adding more rods as hole depths increase, and changing drill bits as needed.

    Start, stop, and control drilling speed of machines and insertion of casings into holes.

    Perform routine maintenance and upgrade work on machines and equipment, such as replacing parts, building up drill bits, and lubricating machinery.

    Record drilling progress and geological data.

    Operate machines to flush earth cuttings or to blow dust from holes.

    Verify depths and alignments of boring positions.

    Regulate air pressure, rotary speed, and downward pressure, according to the type of rock or concrete being drilled.

    Drive trucks, tractors, or truck-mounted drills to and from work sites.

    Drive or guide truck-mounted equipment into position, level and stabilize rigs, and extend telescoping derricks.

    Operate water-well drilling rigs and other equipment to drill, bore, and dig for water wells or for environmental assessment purposes.

    Create and lay out designs for drill and blast patterns.

    Fabricate well casings.

    Inspect core samples to determine nature of strata, or take samples to laboratories for analysis.

    Signal crane operators to move equipment.

    Review client requirements and proposed locations for drilling operations to determine feasibility, and to determine cost estimates.

    Disinfect, reconstruct, and redevelop contaminated wells and water pumping systems, and clean and disinfect new wells in preparation for use.

    Design well pumping systems.

    Place and install screens, casings, pumps, and other well fixtures to develop wells.

    Retract augers to force discharge dirt from holes.

    Perform pumping tests to assess well performance.

    Observe electronic graph recorders and flow meters that monitor the water used to flush debris from holes.

    Retrieve lost equipment from bore holes, using retrieval tools and equipment.

    Drill or bore holes in rock for blasting, grouting, anchoring, or building foundations.


Work trucks

Water test kits

Water sampling bailers

Water monitoring samplers

Water logging tools

Water level meters

Truck-mounted water pumps

All Tools

Truck mounted cranes


Tablet computers

Submerged arc welding tools

Shale shakers

Rotary drilling tools

Precision levels

Power augers

Portable air compressors

Pipe retrieval fishing tools

Personal computers

Mud rotary drills

Mud pumping equipment

Mud mixers

Mud guns

Mud balances

Marsh funnels

Lube guns

Laptop computers

Handheld remote thermometers

Grout pumps

Global positioning system GPS receivers

Field forklifts

Earth drilling machines

Drilling collars

Drill pipe tongs

Downhole well testing equipment

Downhole hammers

Digital video cameras


Core drill rigs

Chain slings

Cable tool drills


Backhoe-equipped tractors

Alternating current AC generators

Air rotary drills

Adjustable combination wrenches


Global positioning system GPS software


Quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

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