Land drilling operatives investigate the ground on a construction site before drilling holes into it.
- Newly trained land drilling operatives can earn in the region of £16,500 - £23,000
- Trained with experience land drilling operatives can earn in the region of £23,000 - £35,000
- Senior/master craft land drilling operatives can earn in the region of £35,000+
- Self-employed land drilling operatives set their own pay rates
Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
Qualifications and Training
There are no set qualifications to be a land drilling operative but it helps to have Standard Grades/National 4 or 5s, GCSEs at A*-C in maths and English, or equivalent such the Welsh Baccalaureate because this helps with the calculations you do in the job.
A good way to start your career is to do an apprenticeship at a local company. The land drilling apprenticeship combines learning in college with supervised on-the-job training. This leads to SVQ/NVQ assessment to qualify you as a lead driller. To find an apprenticeship in Scotland visit Skills Development Scotland , the Government's website in England or, in Wales, Careers Wales.
Training covers your employment rights and responsibilities, health and safety and the environment, geology, drilling applications and methods, site management, drilling and grouting, ground investigation, anchoring, first aid and working in confined spaces.