Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
On the Job
Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas operate a variety of drills, such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic drills. They remove samples of the earth during mineral exploration or soil testing. They may use explosives.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Inspect equipment or tools to be used in construction or excavation.
- Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
- Operate drilling equipment.
- Operate pumps or compressors.
- Maintain drilling equipment.
- Drive trucks or truck-mounted equipment.
- Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
- Determine appropriate locations for operations or installations.
- Select construction equipment.
- Assemble products or production equipment.
Typical Working Conditions
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Exposure to hazardous equipment.
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- Working outdoors exposed to weather.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
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