drilling rig operator (driller)

drilling rig operator (driller)

drilling rig operator (driller):

Who are they and what do they do? The drilling rig operator controls specialised work in connection with geological surveys, with the opening of mines and with special methods used for piling foundations of buildings. The driller may control or supervise the activities of less skilled workers such as the "roustabout", and "roughneck" or the derrickman/woman (who may also handle parts of the drill pipe under the driller's supervision, on the derrick, the tower above the platform of the rig).

What are the activities of the job? Controls drilling equipment - e.g. the speed of rotation of the drill, monitors and records progress, and supervises the drilling crew. S/he also services and maintains the machinery and equipment used. Other related jobs include "toolpusher" (the person in overall charge of the rig and its crew, its supplies and the health and safety of the crew).

Where is it done and under what conditions? On geological drilling rigs, mines and subsurface construction sites. There will inevitably be dirt and a good deal of dust as well as bad weather conditions on some rigs - these can be out in the open sea, for example. Longer periods away from home will also be required. The work can also be risky at times.

What tools/equipment do they use? Drilling rigs.

What do you need to succeed? You need an apprenticeship, ability to work in a team, and get on with others with whom you may have to live in a fairly confined space for a while - e.g. when on a rig at sea. A respect for safe working practices is also vital.


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