Driller Kaipoka

Drillers assemble, position, and operate drilling rigs and related equipment to extract ores, liquids, and gases from the earth.

Drillers may do some or all of the following:

  • dismantle, move, and assemble drilling rigs and machinery
  • oversee assembly of the drilling tools
  • operate drilling and hoisting equipment
  • weld machinery
  • operate pumps to expel air, water, and mud from holes being drilled
  • take samples of soil, ore, liquids, and gases
  • maintain, repair, oil and clean machinery
  • keep written records of drill depths
  • ensure the plant and its equipment are operating safely.

Physical Requirements

Drillers need to be fit, healthy and strong, with no back problems, because they must be able to lift or move large pieces of equipment. They need to be able to work at heights, underground and in cramped conditions.

They should also have good hand-eye co-ordination and good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).

Useful Experience

Useful experience for drillers includes:

  • operating machinery
  • driving heavy vehicles
  • construction industry work
  • electrical work
  • engineering or general labouring.

Personal Qualities

Drillers need to be:

  • safety-conscious and able to remain calm in emergencies
  • able to concentrate for long periods
  • adaptable
  • observant, with an eye for detail
  • able to follow instructions.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for drillers includes:

  • operating machinery
  • driving heavy vehicles
  • construction industry work
  • electrical work
  • engineering or general labouring.

Drillers can earn around $60K-$70K per year per year.

Drillers may progress to set up their own drilling business, or move into management roles, such as toolpusher or rig superintendent.

With further training, drillers may progress to become drilling engineers.

Drillers can specialise in a number of roles, including: 

Assistant Driller
Assistant drillers communicate instructions from the main driller to other drill workers to ensure the correct operation of the drill.
Bore Driller
Bore drillers drill for water.
Derrickman
Derrickmen control the top part of a drill from the derrick (high tower) on an oil or gas rig.
Hydrocarbon Driller
Hydrocarbon drillers drill for oil or gas both on and offshore.
Non-Hydrocarbon Driller
Non-hydrocarbon drillers drill holes in the ground for reasons other than discovering oil and gas. They might drill into the ground to locate water for a well, or into large rocks so explosives can be used to break them up, or at a construction site to help prepare foundations.
Driller

SchoolPoint by Inbox Design SCHOOLPOINT129, Rendered 1MB in 0.0548 seconds with 12 queries.

----