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

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.

Related professions oil, gas

  • Boat or derrick operator
  • First line supervisor oil or gas workers
  • Gas compressor or gas pumping station operator
  • Mains pipes layer-jointer
  • Oil or gas geologist
  • Oil or gas well driller
  • 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 boring heads

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


  • Supply machine with appropriate tools

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tend boring machine

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

Optional knowledge and skills

manufacturing of steam generators monitor conveyor belt consult technical resources manufacturing of steel drums and similar containers manufacturing of metal assembly products manufacturing of door furniture from metal mark processed workpiece manufacturing of weapons and ammunition manufacturing of doors from metal manufacturing of metal structures operate scrap vibratory feeder types of metal manufacturing processes manufacturing of small metal parts manufacturing of metal containers manufacturing of cutlery provide advice to technicians monitor stock level apply cross-reference tools for product identification mechanics perform product testing non-ferrous metal processing record production data for quality control manufacturing of heating equipment ferrous metal processing keep records of work progress manufacturing of tools inspect quality of products manufacturing of light metal packaging cutting technologies perform machine maintenance manufacturing of metal household articles