Trades-Tech

Driller

Also known as: Toolpusher.

Drillers help move drilling rigs and equipment from site to site, set up in the new site and connect power cables or hoses for water and air supply.

Drillers typically need to be interested in practical and manual activities, be physically fit and able to handle machinery. Often the work is in remote mining areas, under difficult conditions so teamwork is important. Drillers also need to record details accurately, as precision is crucial to the safety of the exploration. Find out more about the  duties and skills required for driller jobs.

Driller Jobs Duties

  • Help move drilling rigs and equipment from site to site, set up in the new site and connect power cables or hoses for water and air supply;
  • Help obtain drilling core samples;
  • Dig and clean mud pits and drains;
  • Mix and test drilling fluids, chemicals and grout;
  • Assist in slotting, welding and inserting casing screens;
  • Assist with well development and pumping tests;
  • Operate equipment, such as pumps for air, water and mud;
  • Use equipment and tools to correct problems in drilled holes caused by mechanical breakdowns or by harmful natural conditions;
  • Carry out minor maintenance and repairs, including lubrication and cleaning; and
  • Clean and maintain equipment, drill and camp sites.

Driller Skills Required

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities;
  • Aptitude for mechanics and able to handle machinery;
  • Physically fit;
  • Able to work as part of a team;
  • Willing to work in remote areas under difficult conditions;
  • Good organisation skills;
  • Able to record details accurately;
  • Clean police record;
  • Be 18 years old (as it is a legal requirement on most mine and quarry sites);
  • Have a drug and alcohol clearance; and
  • Pass a medical examination.

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Salary

$70,000 - $130,000