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7122 Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers

ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
Reference period
2021

Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers assemble, position and operate drilling rigs and mining plant, and detonate explosives to extract materials from the earth and demolish structures.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate II or III, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification. Note: some roles within this unit group are at a higher ANZSCO Skill Level.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • dismantling, moving and reassembling drilling rigs and accessory plant
  • taking samples of ore, liquids and gases and packaging them
  • performing minor maintenance and repairs, and lubricating and cleaning plant
  • recording performance details and information obtained from wells, and keeping logs detailing operations
  • operating surface and underground mining plant
  • undertaking development work such as opening up new shafts, drives, air vents, rises and crib rooms
  • positioning explosives in bore holes and priming explosives using detonators and explosive cartridges
  • connecting wires, fuses and detonating cords to explosive cartridges and detonators, and detonating explosives
  • monitoring operation of plant and ensuring safety of other workers on mining sites and during drilling operations
  • operating auxiliary plant such as pumps to expel air, water and mud

Occupations:

  • 712211 Driller
  • 712212 Miner
  • 712213 Shot Firer

712211 Driller

Alternative Title:

  • Drilling Plant Operator

Assembles, positions and operates a drilling rig and related equipment to extract ore, liquids or gases from the earth. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 4 Note: some roles within this occupation are at a higher ANZSCO Skill Level.

Specialisations:

  • Directional Driller
  • Exploration Driller
  • Jumbo Operator
  • Power Tong Operator
  • Raise Drill Operator
  • Rig Manager
  • Rock Drill Operator
  • Stope Miner
  • Tool Pusher

712212 Miner

Alternative Title:

  • Mining Plant Operator

Operates plant to excavate, load and transport coal, ore and rock in an underground or open-cut mine. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 4

Specialisations:

  • Bogger Operator
  • Coal Cutter
  • Dragline Operator
  • Opal Miner
  • Underground Truck Operator

712213 Shot Firer

Alternative Title:

  • Powder Monkey

Assembles, positions and detonates explosives at a mining or demolition site. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 4