Driller Helper

Assist the head Driller by collecting samples and operating the drill.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$22,000 – $57,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Driller Helpers do?

When creating a big hole for a construction project, or looking for natural resources buried deep beneath the ground, you need more than a shovel. A drill is the perfect solution, and as a Driller Helper, you’re part of the team in charge of getting the job done.

Driller Helpers spend their days on the job site, assisting the Drillers and other working Technicians. This is an entry-level job, and you spend your days doing pretty much anything you’re told to. That might mean collecting samples, cleaning drill parts, and when necessary, operating the drill itself. When the drill breaks or needs routine maintenance, Driller Helpers help out, installing new parts and making adjustments as directed by their Supervisors.

This job is big on prep work and cleaning. Before a project starts, you’re the one to load the necessary tools and materials that will be used that day on the site. Then at the end of the day, you make sure all those tools and materials come back in good condition. Throughout the day, you see to it that things stay as neat as possible.

Often, another responsibility of your job is to prepare the daily drilling report. This lets your Supervisors know things like how many feet were drilled that day, how long it took, and how many supplies were used.

Should I be a Driller Helper?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Churn Driller Helper, Derrick Helper, Derrickman Helper, Haul Truck Driver, Prospecting-Driller Helper See More

    How to become a Driller Helper

    Most Driller Helpers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9kaiaa&chl=no+college+%2877%25%29|certificate+%2813%25%29||bachelor%27s+%2811%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,77,77
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