Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
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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.
Water test kits
Water sampling bailers
Water monitoring samplers
Water logging tools
Water level meters
Truck-mounted water pumpsAll Tools
Truck mounted cranes
Submerged arc welding tools
Rotary drilling tools
Portable air compressors
Pipe retrieval fishing tools
Mud rotary drills
Mud pumping equipment
Handheld remote thermometers
Global positioning system GPS receivers
Earth drilling machines
Drill pipe tongs
Downhole well testing equipment
Digital video cameras
Core drill rigs
Cable tool drills
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.
Control Movement Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Control Precision