Unit Group 7122: Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers
Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers assemble, position and operate drilling rigs and mining plant, and detonate explosives to extract materials from the earth and demolish structures.
Indicative Skill Level:
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.
- AQF Certificate II or III, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)
In New Zealand:
- NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)
In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification. Note: some roles within this unit group are at a higher ANZSCO Skill Level.
Registration or licensing may be required.
- dismantling, moving and reassembling drilling rigs and accessory plant
- taking samples of ore, liquids and gases and packaging them
- performing minor maintenance and repairs, and lubricating and cleaning plant
- recording performance details and information obtained from wells, and keeping logs detailing operations
- operating surface and underground mining plant
- undertaking development work such as opening up new shafts, drives, air vents, rises and crib rooms
- positioning explosives in bore holes and priming explosives using detonators and explosive cartridges
- connecting wires, fuses and detonating cords to explosive cartridges and detonators, and detonating explosives
- monitoring operation of plant and ensuring safety of other workers on mining sites and during drilling operations
- operating auxiliary plant such as pumps to expel air, water and mud
Occupations in this unit group
- 712211 Drilling Plant Operator
- 712211 Rig Manager
- 712211 Tool Pusher
- 712211 Stope Miner
- 712211 Rock Drill Operator
- 712211 Jumbo Operator
- 712211 Raise Drill Operator
- 712211 Power Tong Operator
- 712211 Driller
- 712211 Exploration Driller
- 712211 Directional Driller
- 712212 Dragline Operator
- 712212 Miner
- 712212 Coal Cutter
- 712212 Bogger Operator
- 712212 Opal Miner
- 712212 Underground Truck Operator
- 712212 Mining Plant Operator
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