Driller's assistant readies core sections for the drilling of a geothermal well

Driller's Assistant

Drillers' Assistants perform routine tasks in setting up, operating and dismantling drilling sites for extraction of oil, gas, mineral ore or water.

Overview

Drillers' Assistants perform routine tasks in setting up, operating and dismantling drilling sites for extraction of oil, gas, mineral ore or water.

Day-to-day

  • working with an experienced driller sets up rig and drilling equipment
  • directs assembly and disassembly of pipes, casings and drill headings and controls speed and force of drilling
  • examines cores and cuttings to ascertain nature of strata
  • caps well or regulates valves which control outflow of gas or oil
  • attaches and detaches lifting equipment to lower or raise sections of drill pipe into or out of bore hole
  • controls pumps which circulate mud through drilling equipment
  • services pumps.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

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