- On site, Hands-on, Team work,
- Salary Range: £25,000 - £30,000
- Nation: England & Wales
Land drilling is a highly specialised activity that is widely available within the construction industry from specialist contractors.
Specialist contractors use a wide range of techniques, materials
and equipment to carry out diverse drilling works. These range from
initial ground investigation to various forms of geotechnical
processes such as grouting and anchoring.
Other drilling activities, such as water wells, geothermal and
landfill, also come under the land drilling remit. These works are
conducted from the surface or occasionally underground (such as in
tunnels or confined spaces).
Land drilling is physical work so good fitness is important. You
also need to be precise, accurate, and able to follow instructions
and enjoy working outdoors in all weather conditions.
As a land drilling operative you may get the opportunity to
travel around and sometimes work overseas.
There are no specific academic requirements to train as a land
drilling operative, although GCSE Grades A-G/ Standard Grades 1-7
in Maths, English/Welsh and Technology will be helpful for the
calculations, measurements and theory (applications from students
with the Foundation/Intermediate Welsh Baccalaureate are also
The preferred minimum age for new recruits will be 18 due to the
nature and responsibilities of the work.
Qualified and experienced land drilling operatives can expect to
earn in the region of £25,000 - £30,000.
Progression is varied and you can either remain in the role or
work your way up through formal training to become a supervisor or