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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- Inspect drilling equipment
Ensure that all drilling equipment works correctly and safely; inspect machines before as well as during drilling operations.
Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.
- Transport drilling rigs
Move and relocate drilling rigs from one site to another with a specialised transportation truck.
- 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.
- Check borehole depth
Check the depth of boreholes; make sure that they are clean.
- Record drilling
Record and analyse drilling performance details; take drill core samples.
- Maintain drilling equipment
Maintenance and repair of a variety of drilling equipment.
- 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.