Profession boring machine operator

  • boring machine operator

Boring machine operators operate machinery and equipment at mining and drilling sites, e.g. for construction, exploration, extraction and research.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Tasks boring machine operator

  • Move drilling equipment to the right location, e.g. by driving or controlling its load and upload.
  • Set up drilling and hoisting machinery, e.g. by connecting drill pipe sections, etc.
  • Connect power cables or hoses for water and air supply.
  • Operate the drilling machinery, e.g. by regulating pressure of tools, controlling the speed of rotary tables and air flow, etc.
  • Operate slush pumps in order to ensure circulation and consistency of drilling fluid or mud in well.
  • Correct problems in drilled holes caused by mechanical breakdowns or by harmful natural conditions.
  • Locate and recover lost or broken bits, casings, drill pipes, etc. from wells using special tools.
  • Maintain records, e.g. of footage drilled, materials and tools used, etc.
  • Report information about the drilling process to the supervisor.
  • Supervise and train crew.

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  • Oiler, greaser
  • Operator service unit oil or gas well
  • Petroleum chemist
  • Petroleum or natural gas refining plant operator
  • Pipe fitter
  • Pipeline worker
  • Roustabout oil or gas
  • Well digger
  • Well driller (not in gas and oil)
  • Well service unit operator (not in gas and oil)
  • Well sinker


  • Types of drill bits

    Qualities and applications of various types of drill bits, such as core drill bits, spotting drill bits, countersink drill bits and others.

  • Types of metal

    Qualities, specifications, applications and reactions to different fabricating processes of various types of metal, such as steel, aluminium, brass, copper and others.

  • Types of boring heads

    Qualities and applications of various types of boring heads, such as rough boring heads, fine boring heads and others.

  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.


  • Remove processed workpiece

    Remove individual workpieces after processing, from the manufacturing machine or the machine tool. In case of a conveyor belt this involves quick, continuous movement.

  • Set up the controller of a machine

    Set up and give commands to a machine by dispatching the appropriate data and input into the (computer) controller corresponding with the desired processed product.

  • Ensure equipment availability

    Ensure that the necessary equipment is provided, ready and available for use before start of procedures.

  • Supply machine

    Ensure the machine is fed the necessary and adequate materials and control the placement or automatic feed and retrieval of work pieces in the machines or machine tools on the production line.

  • Tend boring machine

    Tend a boring machine, monitor and operate it, according to regulations.

  • Dispose of cutting waste material

    Dispose of possibly hazardous waste material created in the cutting process, such as swarf, scrap and slugs, sort according to regulations, and clean up workplace.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Monitor automated machines

    Continuously check up on the automated machine's set-up and execution or make regular control rounds. If necessary, record and interpret data on the operating conditions of installations and equipment in order to identify abnormalities.

  • Remove inadequate workpieces

    Evaluate which deficient processed workpieces do not meet the set-up standard and should be removed and sort the waste according to regulations.

  • Perform test run

    Perform tests putting a system, machine, tool or other equipment through a series of actions under actual operating conditions in order to assess its reliability and suitability to realise its tasks, and adjust settings accordingly.

  • Supply machine with appropriate tools

    Supply the machine with the necessary tools and items for a particular production purpose.

  • Operate precision measuring equipment

    Measure the size of a processed part when checking and marking it to check if it is up to standard by use of two and three dimensional precision measuring equipment such as a caliper, a micrometer, and a measuring gauge.

Optional knowledge and skills

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