1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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      Contract Driller
      Drilling Plant Operator

Moves, sets up and operates drilling rigs and related equipment used in extracting ore, liquids and gases from the earth.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Certificate III or higher qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:
  • dismantles, moves and re-assembles drilling rigs and accessory equipment
  • starts and stops drills and directs the assembly and disassembly of pipes, casings and drill heads
  • monitors equipment and progress during drilling operations
  • takes samples of ore, liquids and gases and packages them
  • operates auxiliary equipment such as pumps for the expulsion of air, water or mud
  • records performance details and information obtained from wells and keeps logs detailing operations
  • carries out minor maintenance and repairs, lubricates and cleans equipment
  • may construct and test wells for oil, gas or water extraction
  • may operate equipment to drill shot holes, and set and detonate explosives
  • may operate equipment to construct mine workings

Development Driller
Directional Driller
Jumbo Operator
Power Tong Operator
Raise Drill Operator
Rock Drill Operator
Stope Miner

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