Earth Boring Machine Operator

Operate earth-boring machines to dig holes for poles or posts.
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Salary Range
$27,000 – $62,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Earth Boring Machine Operators do?

Operates earth-boring machine, mounted on truck or tractor, to dig holes for poles or posts: Sets auger of specified size into drill spindle, using bolts or pins. Starts drilling engine and moves levers to regulate rate of speed and depth of penetration of auger. May drive truck or tractor to work site. May operate hoist to lift power line poles into position in drilled holes.


Should I be an Earth Boring Machine Operator?

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

  • Also known as: Drilling Machine Runner, Earth Auger Operator, Geotechnical Operating Engineer, Geothermal Operating Engineer See More

    How to Become an
    Earth Boring Machine Operator

    Most Earth Boring Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9rdaaa&chl=no+college+%2874%25%29|certificate+%2821%25%29|associate%27s+%284%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,74,74
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