Patch Driller

Examine briar pipe stummels and remove defects.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Patch Drillers do?

Examines briar pipe stummels and removes defects, using drill: Examines and feels pipes to detect cracks, splits, and decayed wood. Guides pipe against rotating drill, varying angle of cut and pressure on pipe, according to type and size of defect. Deposits pipes in boxes according to size of drillings.


Should I be a Patch Driller?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Patch Driller

    Most Patch Drillers 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:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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