712211 Driller

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712211 DRILLER

Alternative Title:
Drilling Plant Operator

Assembles, positions and operates a drilling rig and related equipment to extract ore, liquids or gases from the earth. Registration or licensing may be required.
Skill Level: 4
Directional Driller
Exploration Driller
Jumbo Operator
Power Tong Operator
Raise Drill Operator
Rig Manager
Rock Drill Operator
Stope Miner
Tool Pusher

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7122 Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers

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Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers
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DRILLERS, MINERS AND SHOT FIRERS assemble, position and operate drilling rigs and mining plant, and detonate explosives to extract materials from the earth and demolish structures.
Indicative Skill Level:
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.
In Australia:
AQF Certificate II or III (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand:
NZ Register Level 2 or 3 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

At least one year of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.
Registration or licensing may be required.
Tasks Include:

dismantling, moving and reassembling drilling rigs and accessory plant
taking samples of ore, liquids and gases and packaging them
performing minor maintenance and repairs, and lubricating and cleaning plant
recording performance details and information obtained from wells, and keeping logs detailing operations
operating surface and underground mining plant
undertaking development work such as opening up new shafts, drives, air vents, rises and crib rooms
positioning explosives in bore holes and priming explosives using detonators and explosive cartridges
connecting wires, fuses and detonating cords to explosive cartridges and detonators, and detonating explosives
monitoring operation of plant and ensuring safety of other workers on mining sites and during drilling operations
operating auxiliary plant such as pumps to expel air, water and mud

Avg. weekly earnings - males (May 2012): 
2 095.40
Avg. weekly earnings - females (May 2012): 
2 053.60
Avg. weekly earnings - persons (May 2012): 
2 091.70