Machine Driller

Set up and operate self-propelled or truck-mounted drilling machines.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$28,000 – $59,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Machine Drillers do?

Sets up and operates self-propelled or truck-mounted drilling machine to bore blasting holes in overburden at strip mine, open pit, quarry, or construction site: Positions and stabilizes machine, using jacks, and lowers drill shaft into position. Moves levers to start and advance drill into overburden, ore, or rock formation. Stops drill to install additional drill stems. Observes operation to detect binding or stoppage of drill. Removes drill when specified depth has been reached. Replaces broken or worn parts, using handtools, and lubricates equipment. May charge and set off explosives in blasting holes. May be assisted by DRILLER HELPER. May be designated according to type of drill operated as Tractor-Drill Operator; Rotary-Drill Operator; Wagon-Drill Operator.

Should I be a Machine Driller?

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.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Wage Worker

    How to become a Machine Driller

    Most Machine Drillers 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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