Jackhammer Operator

Drill holes in ore or rock in mines to facilitate blasting and quarrying.
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Quick Stats

Very Good

Salary Range
$19,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Jackhammer Operators do?

Drills holes in ore or rock in mine or quarry to facilitate blasting and quarrying, using jackhammer: Connects steam or compressed-air and water lines to hammer. Inserts drill in chuck, trips trigger to start hammer, and leans on hammer to force drill into solid mass. Changes drill or adds lengths as depth of hole increases. Replaces or sharpens bits. Lubricates hammer. May lay steam, compressed-air, or water pipelines. May be designated according to type of drill operated as Tripod-Drill Operator.

Should I be a Jackhammer Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Air Breaker Operator, Air Drill Operator, Air Gun Operator, Air Hammer Operator, Concrete-Wall-Grinder Operator See More

    How to become a Jackhammer Operator

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