Offsider Mining Jobs

Looking for a job as a Driller’s Offsider? Swick Mining Services is growing rapidly with 54 rigs currently at work.

.We are constantly on the lookout for new applicants to join our company and kickstart their mining careers. With extensive training provided, competitive salaries, family-friendly rosters, and career advancement opportunities, Swick is a company of choice for job seekers.

So, if you are interested in an offsider mining position, here’s what you need to know:

What Does A Driller's Offsider Do?

A Driller’s Offsider, or a Driller’s Assistant, is someone who helps to set up and operate drilling rigs. The job also involves operating secondary equipment such as mud shakers, water lines, and diesel tanks and lines.

Drillers Offsiders also work very closely with the Driller and need to follow their instructions. The job offers the valuable experience of working onsite and learning from expert geotechnical drillers.

Responsibilities of Offsiders

Here are some of the general responsibilities of the job for any candidates looking to step into this career:

Mixing and testing drilling fluids

These fluids are extremely important in the mining process. The fluids regulate the cooling and lubrication of the drill bit.

The oils also help with the hydraulic fluid transmission down the wellbore. These oils serve many functions and are arguably one of the most important safety aspects of any mining rig.


When mining a new position, you need to move the equipment in the correct manner. As a driller’s assistant, one of the responsibilities will be to work as a team and assist the senior driller with this.

You will need to move all secondary equipment, such as the water pipe and connecting power at new positions, allowing drilling services and activities to resume.

Routine maintenance

This is the broadest of the responsibilities. Routine maintenance can be anything from minor repairs to mining equipment to cleaning a drill site. These maintenance responsibilities are crucial to the success of any mining project. As the Driller’s Offsider, you will be responsible for ensuring drilling and mining operations run smoothly onsite.

These are just basic responsibilities within the Driller Offsiders’ duties. As with anything, a lot of the learning and training is done onsite.

How Much Does A Driller Offsider Earn? 

A Driller Offsider’s salary fluctuates based on experience and ability. As you gain more qualifications and experience, the salary and rewards may increase.

Entry-level positions

Generally, the salary expectations of starting positions for Drillers Offsiders are around $70,000 annually.

More experienced workers

More experienced offsiders can expect to earn around $90,000, and these people will hold Cert II or Cert III in Drilling Operations.

Experienced geotechnical drillers

Individuals who have been in the industry for an extended period and amassed a lot of experience can earn up to $110,000 annually.

Swick offers competitive rates, bonus incentives, and employee benefits to support our employees.

What Do You Need To Do To Become A Driller's Offsider?

You can get a job in the mining industry with little to no experience as full training is provided by Swick’s training facility. Swick has a comprehensive training program where each training day lasts 12 hours to give you the full experience of working on a mine site.

We teach you all the practical skills you need to know to become a Driller Offsider. This includes skills such as setting up a drill site, proper rod handling techniques, basic servicing, worksite inspections and reports, and more.

Applicants for Offsider Mining jobs also need to:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Have working/living rights in Australia
  • Pass a Police Clearance
  • Undergo a pre-employment medical assessment
  • Have a C Class Drivers Licence
  • Obtain a Senior First Aid Certificate

Other Considerations Before Applying For Our Offsider Mining Jobs

Physical Labour

Drilling is a labour-intensive business. Anyone wanting to go into the drilling industry needs to be physically fit.

Drill sites are often found in remote areas and if candidates are not willing to work in these environments then they may struggle to adapt.

You will need to get used to working long hours and it’s common to experience increased workloads in order to meet deadlines.

Working According To A Roster

At Swick, we offer family-friendly rosters to help our employees manage a healthy work/life balance. For example, you can get a two-week on – one-week off schedule or an even-time roster so that you can spend more time with your family or doing what you enjoy.

Apply For An Offsider Mining Job Today

Going into the mining field can be a very lucrative undertaking, especially in Western Australia. Moreover, anyone looking to join the industry has the potential to grow and develop a successful career.

At Swick, we are always seeking great people, willing to take on FIFO work. We have new jobs available often, so please continue to search our website for job alert updates.

If you are ready to apply for one of our positions today, please contact us at

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