Non-Oil and Gas Earth Drillers
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Ore and minerals mined from deep within the Earth's crust are used every day to manufacture steel, cement, glass, and more. Mining operations workers use machines and equipment to extract these materials in often challenging and potentially risky conditions. Continuous mining machines are self-propelled behemoths that rip coal, ores, rock, or sand from the mine face and load it onto conveyors or into shuttle cars. Mine cutting and channeling machines cut or channel along the face or seams of coal mines and stone quarries to enable materials to be removed from the Earth's surface. Operators ensure these machines run smoothly, stay within safe operating guidelines, and that mining areas are stable and ventilated. They make adjustments to optimize machine operations, and repair equipment as needed. Earth drillers operate a variety of drills to tap water and salt deposits under the Earth's surface, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. Earth drillers and mine cutting machine operators usually need a high school diploma, while continuous mining machine operator positions typically have no specific education requirements.
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|Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines|| |
|Dealing and handling conflict|| |
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|Work closely with team members, clients etc.|| |
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Retrieve lost equipment from bore holes, using retrieval tools and equipment.
Select and attach drill bits and drill rods, adding more rods as hole depths increase, and changing drill bits as needed.
Perform routine maintenance and upgrade work on machines and equipment, such as replacing parts, building up drill bits, and lubricating machinery.
Document geological formations encountered during work.
Start, stop, and control drilling speed of machines and insertion of casings into holes.
Operate machines to flush earth cuttings or to blow dust from holes.
Record drilling progress and geological data.
Select the appropriate drill for the job, using knowledge of rock or soil conditions.
Drive or guide truck-mounted equipment into position, level and stabilize rigs, and extend telescoping derricks.
Regulate air pressure, rotary speed, and downward pressure, according to the type of rock or concrete being drilled.
Operate controls to stabilize machines and to position and align drills.
|Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material||Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.|
|Controlling Machines and Processes||Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).|
|Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment||Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.|
|Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment||Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.|
|Getting Information||Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.|
|Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events||Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.|
|Making Decisions and Solving Problems||Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.|
|Handling and Moving Objects||Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.|
|Mechanical||Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.|
|Administration and Management||Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.|
|Transportation||Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.|
|Public Safety and Security||Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.|
|Design||Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.|
|Mathematics||Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.|
|Production and Processing||Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.|
|Law and Government||Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.|
|Operation Monitoring||Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.|
|Operation and Control||Controlling operations of equipment or systems.|
|Equipment Maintenance||Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.|
|Critical Thinking||Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.|
|Monitoring||Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.|
|Coordination||Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.|
|Quality Control Analysis||Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.|
|Equipment Selection||Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.|