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Earth Drillers

Also called: Blast Hole Driller, Drill Operator, Driller, Well Driller

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Equipment Operator; Water Well Drilling Technician

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Operate controls to stabilize machines and to position and align drills.
  • Start, stop, and control drilling speed of machines and insertion of casings into holes.
  • Regulate air pressure, rotary speed, and downward pressure, according to the type of rock or concrete being drilled.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • design
Business
  • management
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Initiative
  • Independence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Mobile location based services software
  • Global positioning system GPS software
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$44,360
per year, on average
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