Drillers' Assistants perform routine tasks in setting up, operating and dismantling drilling sites for extraction of oil, gas, mineral ore or water.

Also known as: Driller's Offsider or Roustabout (Oil and Gas).

Specialisations: Derrick Hand, Roughneck, Well Treatment Offsider.

You usually need a certificate II or III in drilling operations to work as a Driller's Assistant. Traineeships may be available.

Tasks

  • Working with an experienced driller sets up rig and drilling equipment.
  • Directs assembly and disassembly of pipes, casings and drill headings and controls speed and force of drilling.
  • Examines cores and cuttings to ascertain nature of strata.
  • Caps well or regulates valves which control outflow of gas or oil.
  • Attaches and detaches lifting equipment to lower or raise sections of drill pipe into or out of bore hole.
  • Controls pumps which circulate mud through drilling equipment.
  • Services pumps.

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All Other Construction and Mining Labourers

  • $1,683 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Driller's Assistants

  • 1,700 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 71 hours Average full-time
  • 31 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Driller's Assistants (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 2,900 in 2011 to 1,700 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Driller's Assistants work in Western Australia and Queensland.
  • Industries: Most work in Mining; Construction; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (93%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 71 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 31 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Mining69.5
Construction18.4
Manufacturing4.7
Administrative and Support Services1.7
Other Industries5.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateDriller's AssistantsAll Jobs Average
NSW10.731.6
VIC6.025.6
QLD27.020.0
SA5.87.0
WA47.810.8
TAS1.42.0
NT1.21.0
ACT0.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketDriller's AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.9-5.05.0
20-2416.5-9.39.3
25-3447.6-22.922.9
35-4422.2-22.022.0
45-548.9-21.621.6
55-592.2-9.09.0
60-640.6-6.06.0
65 and Over0.2-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationDriller's AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree2.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV48.6-21.121.1
Year 1221.2-18.118.1
Year 118.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below16.7-12.512.5

You usually need a certificate II or III in drilling operations to work as a Driller's Assistant. Traineeships may be available.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • forklift licence
  • manual drivers licence
  • heavy ridged (HR) driver's licence
  • national police check
  • first aid certificate

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    94% Important

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