Drilling Machine Operator

Operate mobile drilling machines to drill blastholes horizontally in mines.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$28,000 – $59,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Drilling Machine Operators do?

Operates mobile drilling machine to drill blastholes horizontally in underground mine or in face of strip mine: Drives machine into room where coal, salt, or ore has been undercut. Measures undercuttings with steel rod to determine depth of undercut and location of holes to be drilled. Marks hole locations and boundaries of cut on ribs and face, using chalk. Moves controls to position drill. Starts drill and advances it into rib or face to specified depth. Repositions machine to drill additional holes in specified pattern. Observes electric power cable when moving machine to avoid damage to cable. May drill blastholes in roof to prepare for blasting.

Should I be a Drilling Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Coal Trimmer Machine Operator, Digging Machine Operator, Driller Operator, Entry-Driver Operator See More

    How to Become a
    Drilling Machine Operator

    Most Drilling Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9iaaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2812%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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