Assistant drillers work primarily outdoors for water, well, exploration, and drilling companies, and must follow strict safety guidelines and procedures at all times and adhere to all OSHA rules and regulations. A commercial driver's license (Class A or B) is often required for this position, and assistant drillers must be flexible to work long hours and occasional weekends.
A high school diploma may be a minimum requirement for this position, and employers usually provide on-the-job training. Completion of OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER training is preferred, but not necessarily required, and knowledge of mud and air rotary, rock coring, and monitoring well construction is highly beneficial. Assistant drillers should have clear communication skills when using drilling equipment or instruments, and the ability to work in a team environment is often necessary in this position.
Some math skills may be necessary to measure length and volume, and assistant drillers must be physically fit to occasionally lift or carry up to 60 pounds or more, as well as bend, kneel, squat, climb, dig, and crawl. These drillers may work in all types of weather, and some may also train new assistant drillers.
Assistant Driller Tasks
Assist in drilling operations and maintenance of drill pipe during use.
Collect, mark, and store soil and rock samples for analyzing.
Assist with installing and developing wells and pumping tests.
Clean, lubricate, maintain, and/or repair equipment.
Set up, operate, and service equipment, such as drill rigs, pumps, forklifts, front end loaders, and generators.