Profession drilling machine operator

    drilling 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 drilling 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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  • 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


  • CAD software

    The computer-aided design (CAD) software for creating, modifying, analysing or optimising a design.

  • Statistical process control

    Method of quality control that uses statistics to monitor processes.

  • CAE software

    The software to perform computer-aided engineering (CAE) analysis tasks such as Finite Element Analysis and Computional Fluid Dynamics.

  • CAM software

    Different tools for computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to control machinery and machine tools in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimisation as part of the manufacturing processes of workpieces.

  • CADD software

    The computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) is the use of computer technology for design and design documentation. CAD software replaces manual drafting with an automated process.


  • 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.

  • Interpret geometric dimensions and tolerances

    Understand and assess the models and symbolic language of the GD&T system indicating engineering tolerances.

  • Read standard blueprints

    Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.

  • 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.

  • Use CAM software

    Use computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) programmes to control machinery and machine tools in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimisation as part of the manufacturing processes of workpieces.

  • 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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