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712211 - Driller


Assembles, positions and operates a drilling rig and related equipment to extract ore, liquids or gases from the earth. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level


Alternative Titles

    • Drilling Plant Operator


    • Directional Driller
    • Exploration Driller
    • Jumbo Operator
    • Power Tong Operator
    • Raise Drill Operator
    • Rig Manager
    • Rock Drill Operator
    • Stope Miner
    • Tool Pusher

Skills Assessment Authority


No caveats apply to this occupation.

Endorsed Correlations to ASCO Occupations

    • 4986-01 Supervisor, Drillers
    • 4986-11 Driller

Group: 7122 Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers


assemble, position and operate drilling rigs and mining plant, and detonate explosives to extract materials from the earth and demolish structures.


    • dismantling, moving and reassembling drilling rigs and accessory plant
    • taking samples of ore, liquids and gases and packaging them
    • performing minor maintenance and repairs, and lubricating and cleaning plant
    • recording performance details and information obtained from wells, and keeping logs detailing operations
    • operating surface and underground mining plant
    • undertaking development work such as opening up new shafts, drives, air vents, rises and crib rooms
    • positioning explosives in bore holes and priming explosives using detonators and explosive cartridges
    • connecting wires, fuses and detonating cords to explosive cartridges and detonators, and detonating explosives
    • monitoring operation of plant and ensuring safety of other workers on mining sites and during drilling operations
    • operating auxiliary plant such as pumps to expel air, water and mud

Skill Level

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

AQF Certificate II or III (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand:

NZ Register Level 2 or 3 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

At least one year of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Occupations in this Group

    • 712211 Driller
    • 712212 Miner
    • 712213 Shot Firer





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