Driller, Miner and Shot Firer

Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers operate and maintain drilling rigs and mines, and help to extract minerals from the ground by setting and detonating explosives. There is a good deal of physical labour involved and it is vital that they perform all safety precautions while on the job.

Duties and tasks

  • Adhere to all health and safety regulations as well as precautions and make sure that all employees follow same standards
  • Document operational procedures including maintenance, moves and records of samples taken
  • Manage the overall operation of mines and facilitate new shaft openings and air holes
  • Move, repair and maintain drilling rigs and plants as well as equipment
  • Plan and situate explosives and wire fuses to detonators; ensure precautionary safety measures prior to detonating explosives and understand emergency safety plans
  • Test samples of oil, gases and minerals and analyse components

Skills required

  • Adhere to Health and Safety Regulations
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Physical Fitness
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Strong Attention to Details

Working conditions

Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers may work rotating shifts according to the drills and mines in operation. Some may not need to operate on the weekends, while others need to be maintained all days of the week. They work in outdoor environments by mines, drilling locations or destruction sites.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Drilling Industry Association
Australian Drilling Industry Training Committee (ADITC) Australian Drilling Industry Training Committee (ADITC) is a not-for-profit industry organisation that exists to improve the skills and professionalism of the industry

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