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Working As a Blast Hole Driller

  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • $28,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Blast Hole Driller does

  • Lubed all mine equipment including haul trucks, dozers, scrapers, blades, excavators, and blast-hole drills.
  • Retracted augers to force discharge dirt from holes.
  • Haul and Water truck driver Plant cleanup crew
  • Drilled and bored holes in rock for blasting, grouting, anchoring, and building foundations.
  • Promoted a safer work environment by voluntarily becoming certified in First Aid and CPR.
  • Run hydraulic CM 590 drill, 350 air trac with compressor, and a multude of different types of rock drills.
  • Make tickets, DOT logs, JSA logs.
  • Operate hydraulic rotary drills for uranium mine.
  • Selected and attached drill bits and drill rods.
  • Drive trucks to transport explosives and blasting equipment to blasting sites.
  • Utilize explosives, devise a shot pattern, implement Operated with teams and individually
  • Maintain and inspect heavy machinery at end of the day.
  • Applied knowledge of rock and soil conditions.
  • Maintained and followed MSHA and company rules and policies while on duty.
  • Ensured all precautions were taken and safety procedures were followed prior to and after activating the blast zone.
  • Support equipment Cat 834 and 844 RTD, Cat 9N, 10N R T, 11N Track Dozers.
  • Operated machines to blow dust from holes.
  • Operated heavy equipment drill inside underground mine.
  • Certified Blaster* Traveled to numerous contract work sites in WV and in VA as a certified blaster and relief driller.

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Average Length of Employment
Diamond Driller 7.7 years
Driller 5.0 years
Blast Hole Driller 5.0 years
Well Driller 4.5 years
Core Driller 2.9 years
Hand Driller 2.4 years
Driller Helper 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Blast Hole Driller
Driller 21.6%
Miner 9.8%
Foreman 5.9%
Carpenter 5.9%
Welder 4.9%
Blaster 3.9%
Cashier 2.9%
Rig Hand 2.9%
Paver 2.0%
Top Careers After Blast Hole Driller
Driller 13.8%
Foreman 8.5%
Operator 6.2%
Miner 6.2%
Welder 3.8%
Supervisor 3.8%
Trainer 3.8%
Driver 2.3%

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Top Skills for A Blast Hole Driller

  1. Blast-Hole Drills
  2. Heavy Equipment
  3. RAN
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Lubed all mine equipment including haul trucks, dozers, scrapers, blades, excavators, and blast-hole drills.
  • Operated heavy equipment relative to reclamation and blasting operations, i.e.
  • Job Duties: Ran all types of non-cab hydraulic track drills and did all phases of blasting using electric and non-electric systems
  • Comply with MSHA, DEP, mining operations, and safety awareness.
  • Conducted Job Safety Analysis every day for every evolution in accordance with OSHA regulations.

Blast Hole Driller Demographics

Gender

Male

82.1%

Unknown

12.4%

Female

5.5%
Ethnicity

White

67.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

9.1%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Blast Hole Driller Education

Schools

Hagerstown Community College

9.1%

Marine Corps Institute

9.1%

Lanier Technical College

4.5%

Moraine Park Technical College

4.5%

Chippewa Valley Technical College

4.5%

Gwinnett Technical College

4.5%

University of Nevada - Reno

4.5%

Southern Utah University

4.5%

Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center

4.5%

West Virginia University at Parkersburg

4.5%

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

4.5%

University of Houston

4.5%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.5%

Community College of Vermont

4.5%

Berks Career and Technolgy Center

4.5%

Everest University-Tampa

4.5%

Troy University

4.5%

University of Northwestern Ohio

4.5%

University of Montana

4.5%

Central State University

4.5%
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Majors

Automotive Technology

19.5%

Business

17.1%

General Studies

7.3%

Accounting

7.3%

Precision Metal Working

4.9%

Mining Engineering

4.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.9%

Criminal Justice

4.9%

Sociology

2.4%

International Business

2.4%

Drafting And Design

2.4%

Health Education

2.4%

Graphic Communications

2.4%

Surveying, Mapping, And Hydraulic Technologies

2.4%

Fire Science And Protection

2.4%

Computer Science

2.4%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.4%

Natural Resources Management

2.4%

Computer Programming

2.4%

Health Care Administration

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

51.9%

Bachelors

15.4%

Certificate

11.5%

Diploma

9.6%

Associate

7.7%

Masters

3.8%
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Updated May 19, 2020