Profession driller

Drillers set up and operate drilling rigs and related equipment designed to drill holes for mineral exploration, in shotfiring operations, and for construction purposes.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Enterprising


  • Position drills

    Place drills in correct position; set depths and angles.

  • Set up drilling rigs

    Build up the drilling rig and prepare it for use after selecting an appropriate drilling location. Dismantle the drilling rig after the operations have finished.

  • Transport drilling rigs

    Move and relocate drilling rigs from one site to another with a specialised transportation truck.

  • Record drilling

    Record and analyse drilling performance details; take drill core samples.

  • Inspect drilling equipment

    Ensure that all drilling equipment works correctly and safely; inspect machines before as well as during drilling operations.

  • Troubleshoot

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

  • Coordinate drilling

    Start, oversee and stop drilling sessions; coordinate personnel on drilling site.

  • Operate drilling equipment

    Operate a range of drilling equipment, pneumatic as well as electrical and mechanical. Tend drilling equipment, monitor and operate it, according to regulations. Safely and efficiently drill holes using the correct equipment, settings, and drill bits.

  • Check borehole depth

    Check the depth of boreholes; make sure that they are clean.

  • Maintain drilling equipment

    Maintenance and repair of a variety of drilling equipment.

Optional knowledge and skills

health and safety hazards underground provide first aid follow health and safety procedures in construction impact of geological factors on mining operations mechanics operate core drilling equipment operate drilling jumbo work ergonomically

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