A land drilling operative is responsible for investigating land before drilling into it, to install structures such as tunnels or wells for gas or oil.
As a land drilling operative, you’ll work closely with surveyors, geologists and geoscientists, and monitor the drilling progress, overseeing safety management and ensuring the surrounding environment is protected.
How to become a land drilling operative
There are several routes to becoming a land drilling operative. A common way into this role is through an apprenticeship, or you could apply to an employer directly, for on-the-job training.
You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
College / training provider
You could complete a Level 2 Diploma in Land Drilling Operations (Construction) with a specialist training provider, to become a land drilling operative.
You’ll need 2-3 GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent.
An apprenticeship with a specialist drilling company is a good way into the industry.
You could complete a land drilling apprenticeship to become a land drilling operative.
You’ll need 2 GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week.
Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have some basic experience, you could apply directly to a specialist drilling company to gain on-site experience as a land drilling operative.
You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced land drilling operative and progress as your abilities improve.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a land drilling operative.
Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a land drilling operative include :
What does a land drilling operative do?
As a land drilling operative, you will be responsible for investigating the ground on a variety of different construction sites before drilling holes into it to create gas wells or tunnels.
The role of a land drilling operative involves the following duties :
What’s it like to be a land drilling operative?
How much could you earn as a land drilling operative?
The expected salary for a land drilling operative varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.