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ASSISTANT DRILLER: Also known as Driller’s Offsider, Roustabout
Drillers’ assistants help move, set up and operate drilling rigs and related equipment to drill holes for such things as oil, natural gas and water, building foundations, minerals exploration and site investigation. The resources industry currently offers many drilling jobs and careers opportunities.

  • Entry Point: Traineeship in Drilling (Mining and Engineering)
  • Certificate II Drilling (Mineral Exploration)
  • Average Wage: $50,000-$70,000
  • Career Progression: Driller’s Assistant > Driller > Senior Driller

DRILLER: Also known as Toolpusher.
Drillers help move drilling rigs and equipment from site to site, set up in the new site and connect power cables or hoses for water and air supply. They can work underground, above ground and on oil rigs.

  • Entry Point: Traineeship in Drilling (Mineral Exploration)
  • Certificate III Drilling (Mineral Exploration)
  • Certificate IV Drilling (Water Well)
  • Average Wage: $70,000-$130,000

Jobs for Drillers on SEEK at the moment: (some FIFO, plenty of even rosters)
Career Progression: Driller > Senior Driller

SENIOR DRILLER:
Drillers move, set up and operate drilling rigs and related equipment to drill holes for mineral exploration and oil and gas production.

As a senior driller, you are expected to have strong knowledge in the equipment used, the methods deployed, rock and earth densities, and be able to guide workers.

  • Entry Point: Certificate IV Drilling
  • Average Wage: $70,000-$130,000
  • Jobs for Senior Drillers on SEEK at the moment: (some FIFO, plenty of even rosters)
  • Career Progression: Senior Driller > Mine Technician/Operator

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