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Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
District Of Columbia

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Operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. May use explosives. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Pour water into wells, or pump water or slush into wells to cool drill bits and to remove drillings.
  • Regulate air pressure, rotary speed, and downward pressure, according to the type of rock or concrete being drilled.
  • Operate water-well drilling rigs and other equipment to drill, bore, and dig for water wells or for environmental assessment purposes.
  • Verify depths and alignments of boring positions.
  • Perform pumping tests to assess well performance.
  • Document geological formations encountered during work.
  • Withdraw drill rods from holes, and extract core samples.
  • Monitor drilling operations, checking gauges and listening to equipment to assess drilling conditions and to determine the need to adjust drilling or alter equipment.
  • Start, stop, and control drilling speed of machines and insertion of casings into holes.
  • Select the appropriate drill for the job, using knowledge of rock or soil conditions.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Core drills
  • Downhole fishing poles
  • Hammer drills
  • Hydraulic rock drills
  • Rotary drills

Technology:
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Mobile location based services software
  • Office suite software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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