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.
Duties & Tasks
Drillers' assistants may perform the following tasks: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
help obtain high-quality drilling core samples
assist drillers with all drilling processes
mix and test drilling fluids, chemicals and grout
assist with slotting, welding and inserting casing screens
assist with well development and pumping tests
operate equipment such as pumps for air, water and mud
carry out routine maintenance and repairs
clean and maintain equipment, as well as drill and camp sites.
Drillers and drillers' assistants usually work long hours on roster systems, either outdoors or underground, as members of teams or crews. The work is often manual and physically demanding. Compliance with all safety systems is essential.
reliable and adaptable
good organisational skills
enjoy working as part of a team
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
enjoy practical and manual activities
aptitude for mechanics and machinery
willing to work in remote areas under difficult conditions.