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
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
Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.
The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the world’s largest deposits of bituminous coal.
The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.
The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.
Caterpillar Haul truck 793
The 793F has a load cpacityof 226.8 ton (US) and a top speed of 60 kilometres an hour. It's a turbocharged air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine that has enhanced power management capability for maximum hauling performance. The C175-16 is a 16-cylinder, four-stroke design that uses long, effective power strokes for optimum efficiency.
The 793F, is an autonomous-driven truck. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStar™
Read more about the CAT 793 automomous mining dump truck on our website.
Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)
Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.
RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.
You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.