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Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Fabricate well casings.
    • Operate controls to stabilize machines and to position and align drills.
    • Pour water into wells, or pump water or slush into wells to cool drill bits and to remove drillings.
    • 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.
    • Create and lay out designs for drill and blast patterns.
    • Operate machines to flush earth cuttings or to blow dust from holes.
    • Place and install screens, casings, pumps, and other well fixtures to develop wells.
    • 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.
    • Operate water-well drilling rigs and other equipment to drill, bore, and dig for water wells or for environmental assessment purposes.
    • Drive trucks, tractors, or truck-mounted drills to and from work sites.
    • Assemble and position machines, augers, casing pipes, and other equipment, using hand and power tools.
    • Record drilling progress and geological data.
    • Retrieve lost equipment from bore holes, using retrieval tools and equipment.
    • Review client requirements and proposed locations for drilling operations to determine feasibility, and to determine cost estimates.
    • Drill or bore holes in rock for blasting, grouting, anchoring, or building foundations.
    • Perform pumping tests to assess well performance.
    • Disinfect, reconstruct, and redevelop contaminated wells and water pumping systems, and clean and disinfect new wells in preparation for use.
    • Design well pumping systems.
    • Signal crane operators to move equipment.
    • Withdraw drill rods from holes, and extract core samples.
    • Inspect core samples to determine nature of strata, or take samples to laboratories for analysis.
    • Retract augers to force discharge dirt from holes.
    • Observe electronic graph recorders and flow meters that monitor the water used to flush debris from holes.

    Skills

    • Operations Monitoring

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

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Critical Thinking

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

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    N/A
    Workplace Documents
    N/A
    Graphic Literacy
    N/A

    Abilities

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

    Knowledge

    • Mechanical

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 47170/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 22.68/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Initiative
    • Independence

    Tools

    • Rotary drills
    • Hydraulic rock drills
    • Core drills
    • Backhoes
    • Air compressors

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Mobile location based services software
    • Data base user interface and query software

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