Driller, miner and shot firer​

Drillers, miners and shot firers mainly operate, assemble, and position drilling rigs and mining plant, and detonate explosives to extract resources from the earth as well as demolish structures.

Where drillers, miners and shot firers are employed

Drillers, miners and shot firers work for drilling contractors, mining companies, oil companies, consultants and farmers. They work at construction sites, mines, and oil and gas exploration and production facilities situated offshore and onshore.

Demand for drillers, miners and shot firers varies greatly with commodity prices, general economic conditions and government policies in relation to mining, groundwater regulations and infrastructure projects.

Crossover from one sector of the drilling industry to another often occurs when a sector is quiet. Many drilling contractors operate in several sectors.

Opportunities exist for those with sound practical experience to move into management or supervisory roles.

Pay

Full-time drillers, miners and shot firers earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for driller miner shot firer

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 1,737 people employed full-time as drillers, miners or shot firers compared with 1,028 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a miner you usually have to complete a traineeship in surface extraction operations, underground coal mining, underground coal operations, underground metalliferous mining or small mining operations. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require year 10.
For more information see traineeships.

You can also become a miner through a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in surface extraction operations, underground coal mining, underground coal operations, underground metalliferous mining or small mining operations.

See courses related to this occupation.

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