Drillers Offsider job description

Drillers Offsider is an entry level job into the mining industry. Off-siders are employed for both surface and underground positions. If you are green (new to the industry) there are many important aspects worth knowing. Be warned “off-siding is not for everyone, the work is dirty, hot, and physically demanding, it’s definitely not a cushy mining gig.”

There’s different kinds of rigs but the work is essentially the same, long work hours, dayshift and nightshifts, long swings (usually a 2:1 roster), very dirty/ muddy/ wet. You’ll be standing outside next to a drill rig: hot weather, cold weather, rainy weather.

It’s a good opportunity to get extra tickets and experience in different areas: underground, open pit, exploration etc. 

The crews are tight knit but if you do right by them they will do the same by you.

The first few swings you’ll be sore but your body will adapt, especially when the pay checks roll in and if you’re smart you can set yourself up for life in only a few years.



As an off-sider you will start at the bottom of the food chain. You will work under a driller who generally gets paid on performance, so he will be pushing you to limits you may not have experienced before. You need to be able to get along with people as you don’t just work together you also will be eating and living together. You must be able to get up for work every day in a fit, sober state.

Drilling Methods

Drilling is done as part of an exploration program to get more detailed information about the rock below the ground surface.During the drilling procedure, samples of the soil at different depths are analysed by geologists to determine if valuable minerals or other resources are located along the drilling line.

The three main techniques for mineral exploration drilling are:

  • Reverse Circulation Drilling
  • Diamond Core Drilling
  • Conventional Rotary Air/Mud Drilling

The drilling method used depends on the type of information sought, the budget set by the exploration company, and the rock type involved. Drill rigs are mounted on either a small vehicle or large trucks, depending on the technique and drill type. Sometimes subsurface conditions make sample recovery difficult and special drilling techniques or equipment are required. If access to the drilling site is difficult, significant site preparation and rehabilitation are required.

How much does a Drillers Offsider earn? $$$$

A career in the drilling industry can be very financially rewarding. Drillers can earn up to 250k plus there are some RC drillers out there on 300k a year, you start out offsiding which pays up to 120k when you first start then it goes up from there, depends on the company and type of drilling you do. The goal is to take the next step to become a driller. The time frame and wage to this step varies from company to company and job to job however a dedicated off-sider should be looking at possibly making this transition in a twelve to twenty four month time frame.

DDH1 co-founder and director Murray Pollock said they are struggling to find drilling offsiders. ‘It’s a difficult job in remote locations, it’s not necessarily the work of work people are looking for. But gee, it’s a good starting salary,’ he said. Entry-level jobs into the mining industry – such as drilling offsider roles – typically offer $100,000-a-year salaries.

Duties of a Drillers Offsider

  • Help move drilling rigs and equipment from site to site;
  • Connect power cables or hoses for water and air supply;
  • Help obtain drilling core samples;
  • Dig and clean mud pits and drains;
  • Mix and test drilling fluids, chemicals and grout;
  • Assist in slotting, welding and inserting casing screens;
  • Assist with well development and pumping tests;
  • Operate equipment, such as pumps for air, water and mud;
  • Use equipment and tools to correct problems in drilled holes caused by mechanical breakdowns or by harmful natural conditions;
  • Carry out minor maintenance and repairs, including lubrication and cleaning;
  • Clean and maintain equipment, drill and camp sites.

Although most training is done on the job, qualifications to help you secure employment are a (HR) Heavy Rigid license for surface drilling jobs, Apply First Aid Certificate, 4WD, Police Clearance and working at Heights ticket.

Police clearances must be no older than six months & can be filled out on-line through a number of different web sites and can generally be obtained in a time frame varying between 12 hours to 10 working days.

National Police Clearance issued by the Australian Federal Police

Rosters

You will be doing rostered work. Rosters vary however, underground off-siders will generally work two weeks on and one week off. Surface off-sider may work longer swings such as 4 weeks on 2 weeks off. Usually shifts start at 6 o’clock and finish and 6 o’clock you will generally work both day-shift for half of your swing and night-shift for the other half of your swing with a shift change (24 hour break in the middle).

Jobs

Entry Level Drillers Offsiders – Surface & Underground | FIFO | Mining Jobs

13th June, 2024 Looking for an exciting career change in the mining industry? Niche Resources has an urgent requirement for highly skilled entry level and experienced surface and underground drillers offsiders to fill 2/1, 3/1 & 4/2 FIFO roles across WA. Our fast-track traineeship routes will allow you to become a qualified driller in no time! Start next week and

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  • Mining / Oil & Gas / Utilities
  • Exploration
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  • Permanent / Full Time
  • Drilling Cert II Traineeship career transition support
  • Relocation support available for those moving to WA
  • Top remuneration of $110,000 – $130,000 bonuses super
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  • Mining / Oil & Gas / Utilities
  • Exploration
  • Sydney
  • Permanent / Full Time
  • Drilling Cert II Traineeship career transition support
  • Relocation support available for those moving to WA
  • Top remuneration of $110,000 – $130,000 bonuses super
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  • Mining / Oil & Gas / Utilities
  • Exploration
  • Melbourne
  • Permanent / Full Time
  • Drilling Cert II Traineeship career transition support
  • Relocation support available for those moving to WA
  • Top remuneration of $110,000 – $130,000 bonuses super
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  • Mining / Oil & Gas / Utilities
  • Exploration
  • Brisbane
  • Permanent / Full Time
  • Drilling Cert II Traineeship career transition support
  • Relocation support available for those moving to WA
  • Top remuneration of $110,000 – $130,000 bonuses super
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  • Exploration
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  • Permanent / Full Time
  • Drilling Cert II Traineeship career transition support
  • Relocation support available for those moving to WA
  • Top remuneration of $110,000 – $130,000 bonuses super
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  • Mining / Oil & Gas / Utilities
  • Exploration
  • ACT
  • Permanent / Full Time
  • Drilling Cert II Traineeship career transition support
  • Relocation support available for those moving to WA
  • Top remuneration of $110,000 – $130,000 bonuses super
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  • Exploration
  • WA Other
  • Permanent / Full Time
  • Drilling Cert II Traineeship career transition support
  • Work with the biggest names in drilling and enjoy career longevity & stability
  • Top remuneration of $110,000 – $130,000 bonuses super
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  • National Police Clearance (within 6 months)
  • Senior First Aid (or willingness to obtain)
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