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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

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 9-4 (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 visit Skills Development Scotland , the Government's website or Careers Wales.


  • Newly trained land drilling operatives can earn in the region of £17,000 - £25,000
  • Trained with experience land drilling operatives can earn in the region of £25,000 - £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. 




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