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Geothermal Driller

Work with heavy machinery in a high-value, high-demand trade.

Job Details

Typical Tasks

  • Assess job sites to plan drilling and excavating projects
  • Use machine controls to operate heavy construction equipment
  • Monitor the worksite and machinery for safety protocols
  • Driving large trucks and construction vehicles
  • Prepare job sites by unloading materials, setting up equipment, and cleaning up when finished

Typical Skills

  • Ability to safely work with large machinery, hand tools, and power tools
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to read and understand technical plans and detailed instructions, potentially including blueprints and schematics
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to safely lift up to 50 pounds

Typical Experience or Education

  • Employers may require a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Many employers will require vocational school training, a related associate’s degree, or previous on-the-job training
  • If you have not completed a relevant program at a vocational school, 1–2 years of previous work experience in excavating, drilling, construction, or energy efficiency can help get your foot in the door
  • Knowledge of relevant machines and tools
  • Previous workplace safety training and experience is a plus

Professional Development Opportunities

Some Geothermal Drillers may choose to advance their skills with professional certifications, such as:

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