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.

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Skill Level:

    • 4


Assessing Authority



      • Development Driller
      • Directional Driller
      • Exploration Driller
      • Jumbo Operator
      • Power Tong Operator
      • Raise Drill Operator
      • Rig Manager
      • Rock Drill Operator
      • Stope Miner
      • Tool Pusher

Indicative Skill Level

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

AQF Certificate II or III (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

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


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