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Construction Driller Job Description

Summary

Responsible for operating drills to bore into the earth and extract samples or drill through rock.

Primary responsibilities

  • Operate rotary, churn, and pneumatic drills to bore into the earth or other materials such as rock.
  • Calibrate machine and select drill according to job.
  • Start and stop drilling motion.
  • Retract auger to force earth up from hole.
  • Position machine, augers, and pipes.
  • Blast holes in open-pit mines and quarries.
  • Operate tracked or truck-mounted rotary drilling, air-track or other drilling machines.
  • Measure location and stake out pattern of holes to be drilled, load blast holes with explosives and detonate explosives to dislodge coal, ore or rock.
  • Read instructions and diagrams.
  • Assemble primer charges using selected detonators, fuses, detonating cords and other materials.
  • Operate tracked or truck-mounted drill equipped with auger or other attachment to drill holes for building foundations or pilings.
  • Tap subsurface water and salt deposits.
  • Remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing.
  • Use explosives to facilitate excavation of dirt and other material.

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