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.

Eligible Visas for this Occupation include

    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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