Land drilling operative

Land drilling operative

Land drilling operatives investigate the ground on a construction site before drilling holes into it.


The Role

  • Preparing data sheets
  • Drawing up drilling programmes
  • Data analysis on site
  • Monitoring safety and sticking to the rules about the environment
  • Grouting
  • Anchoring
  • Sampling mineral deposits, soil or groundwater
  • Installing underground tunnels or wells
  • Being involved in landfill and geothermal projects

Salary

  • 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.

Next Steps

Vacancies

Check out the latest Land Drilling Operative vacancies: 

As these are external websites, the number of job vacancies related to your preferred job role may vary. 

Check daily to see new opportunities as they are posted!

Find out more

For information on job roles in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.

Take our Personality Quiz to find out which role is right for you.


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