Drilling assistants support drillers and their teams in setting up and operating drilling rigs, collecting samples, cleaning and performing maintenance on rigs and vehicles.

Where drilling assistants are employed

Drilling assistants 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 and can work long hours on roster systems, and outdoors or underground.


Full-time drilling assistants in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week

Pay scale Drillers assistant

Job prospects

Demand for drilling assistants varies greatly with commodity prices, general economic conditions and government policies in relation to mining, groundwater regulations and infrastructure projects.

In 2011 there were 190 people employed full-time as drilling assistants in  South Australia compared with 103 in 2006.

How to become one

You can work as a drilling assistant without formal qualifications. You will probably get some training on the job.

See courses related to this occupation.

You may consider a traineeship in drilling operations. For more information see traineeships.

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