Foundation Drill Operator

Operate drilling units to drill holes for piers and footing foundations.
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Salary Range
$27,000 – $62,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Foundation Drill Operators do?

Operates drilling unit, mounted on truck or crawler track, to drill holes for concrete pier and footing foundations: Raises and lowers boom to specified angle for drilling. Swings boom, controls hoist drums, raises and lowers drill, hoists drill bit, bell reamer, casing, and reinforcement steel into position, and controls rotary table that drives drill into earth. Observes drill stem during drilling operation and increases or decreases brake pressure on drill stem hoist drum to prevent swaying motion. Raises drill stem and swings boom to discharge dirt from drill bit or bell reamer. Observes type of earth formation penetrated to determine need for lowering casing into hole to seal off water and prevent cave-in of soft formations.


Should I be a Foundation Drill Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • How to Become a
    Foundation Drill Operator

    Most Foundation Drill 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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