Heavy Equipment Operator
Specialize in operating massive construction machinery, like bulldozers.
The title Well Driller may sound pretty self-explanatory (you drill wells), but the job itself is not as simple as it seems. Well Drillers don’t just go digging holes in the ground. First, if you’re a Well Driller, you must know what you’re digging for. Is it a water well in a farming community, often used for irrigation? Or in a rural area to provide water for homes that aren’t connected to city or municipal water lines? Or is it an oil or natural gas well to be used to heat homes and power cars? As you can see, you dig for important things.
Then you make sure that you’re digging in the right place. Sonar helps you find areas with the highest level of concentration of whatever you’re digging for. Once you’ve figured out where to dig, you use heavy equipment, such as a truck-mounted drill, to create the hole. Depending on what you’re digging for, the size of the drill and the hole it creates will vary.
Of course, different types of drills call for different precautions. For example, if you’re building a water well for people to drink from, you’re going to want to make sure you keep everything sterile and kill any bacteria that might find its way into the hole. When drilling an oil well though, bacteria are less of a concern.
Creating new wells isn’t your only responsibility in this position though. You are also called out when old wells collapse and need to be cleaned or reinforced. Additionally, you keep the drill in working condition, fixing any problems that may arise and performing regular maintenance.