Underground Drilling Jobs

Underground drilling is an exciting and rewarding career with plenty of room for growth and career advancement.

At Swick Mining Services, we currently operate 54 rigs and are looking for Underground Drillers to join our team. If you’ve been working as an offsider and want to step up, then an underground drilling job is an exciting opportunity to further your mining career.

Interested in applying? Here’s what you need to know about underground drilling jobs.

What Do Underground Drillers Do?

Underground Drillers assist in the search for quality drill sites. This type of job requires working collaboratively within a team, as with all drilling and mining projects.

The main goal for underground drilling is to extract ore from deposits found below the surface of the earth. There are various types of underground drilling jobs, including diamond drilling, core drilling and raise bore drilling.

Underground drillers operate mining machinery and equipment and are responsible for all drilling activities.

Diamond Core Drilling

At Swick, we pride ourselves on delivering safe and cost-effective diamond core drilling solutions to the global mining industry. We specialise in the recovery of core with state-of-the-art drilling rigs that enable us to set up holes in mere minutes.

This type of drilling involves the use of a rotary diamond drill to extract a cylindrical core.

Diamond core drilling is the extraction of materials below the surface on site. These core samples are used to test the mineral deposits on a site. This is a pivotal part of the mining process as it gives an indication of the value within certain areas.

Responsibilities of the Job

Seeking a career as an Underground Driller can be challenging and rewarding. As an Underground Driller, you will be responsible for the maneuvering of the drill rigs and ensuring cores are drilled efficiently.

You will also manage the day-to-day operations of the drill and report on the drilling activities taking place. In addition, you need to be able to perform general maintenance on the equipment and machinery to keep everything in good working order.

Other responsibilities of Underground Driller positions include:

  • Verifying drill locations
  • Choosing the right equipment for the job
  • Operating and monitoring the drill
  • Troubleshooting problems
  • Making minor repairs
  • Keeping logs and reports
  • Being a team leader
  • Enforcing safety protocols to keep yourself and the mining team safe

How Much Do Underground Drillers Typically Earn?

Salaries within the drilling industry will vary depending on the roles experience levels and qualifications.

Annual salaries for underground drilling typically start around the $77,000 mark, and with progression in the job, the salary can increase up to $240,000 annually.

At Swick, we offer our employees competitive rates, bonus incentives and benefits such as wellness cover, travel discounts and income protection.

We pride ourselves on supporting our employees with their career development by offering ongoing training development opportunities.

Other Considerations Before Applying For A Drilling Job

Underground drilling is a labour-intensive but lucrative career path for those seeking work within the mining industry. If you are interested in applying for an Underground Drilling with Swick Mining Services, here are a few things to know.

The first thing to note is that the job will likely be on a remote location with fly-in fly-out (FIFO) rosters. However, our employees can enjoy a flexible, family-friendly roster to ensure they are able to work according to a schedule that suits their needs.

Then there are a couple of requirements to meet in order to be considered for a permanent position with us. Successful candidates must be able to meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least 12 month’s previous experience working on underground drilling rigs
  • Be able to meet maintenance requirements
  • Have a current manual car license
  • Be able to pass a comprehensive medical assessment
  • Possess or be able to obtain a Senior First Aid certificate
  • Pass a National Police Clearance
  • Be physically fit
  • Undergo a criminal record check (we will not automatically reject the applications of people with criminal records)

Apply For An Underground Drilling Job With Swick Today

Underground drilling is a rewarding career with huge opportunities for expansion and development within the industry. If you want to become an underground driller, there are also plenty of entry-level positions that can offer the training you need to qualify for this role.

Apply for a job and join our team today to advance your career in mining:

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