Extraction Workers

Architecture & Construction > Construction

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to Help extraction craft workers, such as earth drillers, blasters and explosives workers, derrick operators, and mining machine operators, by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying equipment or cleaning work area.

Common job titles of Extraction Workers 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.

  • 96.59% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 1.71% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.


    Observe and monitor equipment operation during the extraction process to detect any problems.

    Set up and adjust equipment used to excavate geological materials.

    Clean and prepare sites for excavation or boring.

    Organize materials to prepare for use.

    Clean up work areas and remove debris after extraction activities are complete.

    Unload materials, devices, and machine parts, using hand tools.

    Load materials into well holes or into equipment, using hand tools.

    Drive moving equipment to transport materials and parts to excavation sites.

    Repair and maintain automotive and drilling equipment, using hand tools.

    Provide assistance to extraction craft workers, such as earth drillers and derrick operators.

    Signal workers to start geological material extraction or boring.

    Dig trenches.

    Collect and examine geological matter, using hand tools and testing devices.

    Dismantle extracting and boring equipment used for excavation, using hand tools.


Utility trucks

Truck-mounted derricks

Spirit levels

Shielded arc welding tools

Rig mud pumps

Remote firing devices

Raise drills

All Tools

Prying tools

Power rock coring drills

Portable sump pumps

Personal computers

Multipurpose wrenches

Mud rotary drills

Mobile radios

Materials conveyors

Lube guns

Longwall shears

Hydraulic rams

Hydraulic boring machines

Hoisting equipment

High pressure steam cleaners

Hand augers

Four-wheel drive front end loaders

Field forklifts

Explosive blasting caps

Electrical detonators

Drilling mud tanks

Cutting machines

Core drill rigs

Compact tracked excavators

Claw hammers

Bell reamers



Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Equipment Maintenance

Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.


Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.


Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Equipment Selection

Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


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