CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. May use explosives. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators. Regulate air pressure, rotary speed, and downward pressure, according to the type of rock or concrete being drilled.
 
Verify depths and alignments of boring positions.
 
Monitor drilling operations, checking gauges and listening to equipment to assess drilling conditions and to determine the need to adjust drilling or alter equipment.
 
Start, stop, and control drilling speed of machines and insertion of casings into holes.
 
Select the appropriate drill for the job, using knowledge of rock or soil conditions.
 
Operate controls to stabilize machines and to position and align drills.
 
Select and attach drill bits and drill rods, adding more rods as hole depths increase, and changing drill bits as needed.
 
Drill or bore holes in rock for blasting, grouting, anchoring, or building foundations.
 
Operate machines to flush earth cuttings or to blow dust from holes.
 
Drive or guide truck-mounted equipment into position, level and stabilize rigs, and extend telescoping derricks.
 
Perform routine maintenance and upgrade work on machines and equipment, such as replacing parts, building up drill bits, and lubricating machinery.
 
Drive trucks, tractors, or truck-mounted drills to and from work sites.
 
Record drilling progress and geological data.
 
Retrieve lost equipment from bore holes, using retrieval tools and equipment.
 
Assemble and position machines, augers, casing pipes, and other equipment, using hand and power tools.
 
Pour water into wells, or pump water or slush into wells to cool drill bits and to remove drillings.
 
Operate water-well drilling rigs and other equipment to drill, bore, and dig for water wells or for environmental assessment purposes.
 
Perform pumping tests to assess well performance.
 
Document geological formations encountered during work.
 
Withdraw drill rods from holes, and extract core samples.
 
Retract augers to force discharge dirt from holes.
 
Place and install screens, casings, pumps, and other well fixtures in order to develop wells.
 
Design well pumping systems.
 
Disinfect, reconstruct, and redevelop contaminated wells and water pumping systems, and clean and disinfect new wells in preparation for use.
 
Review client requirements and proposed locations for drilling operations to determine feasibility, and to determine cost estimates.
 
Observe electronic graph recorders and flow meters that monitor the water used to flush debris from holes.
 
Signal crane operators to move equipment.
 
Inspect core samples to determine nature of strata, or take samples to laboratories for analysis.
 
Fabricate well casings.
 
Operate hoists to lift power line poles into position.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Spatial Orientation The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Auger Operator
Blast Hole Driller
Blaster
Blasting Production Technician
Boring Machine Operator
Churn Drill Operator
Churn Driller
Coal Mine Bore Hole Drill Operator
Construction Driller
Core Drill Operator
Core Driller
Core Sampler
Deep Well Contractor
Diamond Driller
Directional Driller
Drill Hand
Drill Operator
Drill Runner
Driller
Drilling Machine Operator
Drilling Machine Runner
Earth Auger Operator
Earth Boring Machine Operator
Electric Drill Operator
Explosive Bore Hole Driller
Foundation Drill Operator
Ground Water Contractor
Hard Rock Drill Operator
Heavy Equipment Operator
Highwall Drill Operator
Hole Digger Operator
Horizontal Drill Operator
Horizontal Earth Boring Machine Operator
Jumper
Machine Driller
Mine Equipment Operator
Overburden Drill Operator
Post Hole Digger
Post Hole Digging Machine Operator
Raise Driller
Rock Drill Operator
Shot Core Drill Operator
Stoper
Test Borer
Test Driller
Tunneling Machine Operator
Wagon Drill Operator
Wagon Driller
Wagoner
Wash Driller
Water Well Driller
Well Digger
Well Drill Operator
Well Driller
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
 
 
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