Earth Drillers

Earth Driller

Earth Drillers are responsible for drilling holes in the ground to extract natural resources
Earth Driller
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Earth Drillers are responsible for the construction of tunnels and shafts

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Blast Hole Driller, Diamond Driller, Drill Operator, Driller, Hard Rock Drill Operator, Highwall Drill Operator, Rock Drill Operator, Underground Drill Operator, Water Well Driller, Well Driller

Operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap subsurface 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. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.

At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Blast Hole Driller, Diamond Driller, Drill Operator, Driller, Hard Rock Drill Operator, Highwall Drill Operator, Rock Drill Operator, Underground Drill Operator, Water Well Driller, Well Driller
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Your Typical Day:

  • Operate controls to stabilize machines and to position and align drills.
  • Start, stop, and control drilling speed of machines and insertion of casings into holes.
  • Regulate air pressure, rotary speed, and downward pressure, according to the type of rock or concrete being drilled.
  • Select and attach drill bits and drill rods, adding more rods as hole depths increase, and changing drill bits as needed.
  • Drive or guide truck-mounted equipment into position, level and stabilize rigs, and extend telescoping derricks.
  • Operate machines to flush earth cuttings or to blow dust from holes.
  • Verify depths and alignments of boring positions.
  • Perform routine maintenance and upgrade work on machines and equipment, such as replacing parts, building up drill bits, and lubricating machinery.
  • Select the appropriate drill for the job, using knowledge of rock or soil conditions.
  • Document geological formations encountered during work.
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Wages in the US:

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Your Responsibilities

  • Fabricate parts or components.
  • Operate drilling equipment.
  • Operate pumps or compressors.
  • Pour materials into or on designated areas.
  • Drive trucks or truck-mounted equipment.
  • Select construction equipment.
  • Install drilling equipment.
  • Develop equipment or component configurations.
  • Remove debris or vegetation from work sites.
  • Position construction or extraction equipment.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 63/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 58/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 58/100

  • Transportation

Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits. 58/100

  • Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. 52/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 50/100

  • Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. 48/100

  • Law and Government

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. 46/100

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 45/100

  • Engineering and Technology

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. 44/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Rotary drills
  • Hydraulic rock drills
  • Core drills
  • Remote reading thermometers
  • Water pumps
  • Submerged arc welding machine
  • Diesel generators
  • Air compressors
  • Grease guns
  • Slings
  • Cargo trucks
  • Logging instruments for water wells
  • Levels
  • Plaster or mortar mixers
  • Viscosimeters
  • Densitometers
  • Notebook computers
  • Forklifts
  • Hammer drills
  • Depth indicators
  • Combination wrenches
  • Mud mixers
  • Makeup tongs
  • Drill collars
  • Laboratory bailers
  • Conventional truck cranes
  • Well testing downhole tools
  • Sand control screens
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras
  • Water samplers
  • Grouting pump
  • Trenching machines
  • Mud pumps
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver
  • Downhole fishing poles
  • Backhoes
  • Soil core sampling apparatus
  • Water analyzers
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Personal computers
  • Shale shakers
  • Tablet computers
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