Helpers--Extraction Workers

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About the Job

Help extraction craft workers, such as earth drillers, blasters and explosives workers, derrick operators, and mining machine operators, by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying equipment or cleaning work area.

It is also Called

  • Blaster
  • Blaster Helper
  • Blasting Helper
  • Boring Machine Operator Helper
  • Bottom Hole Pressure Recording Operator Helper
  • Churn Driller Helper
  • Clean Out Driller Helper
  • Clean-Out Driller Helper
  • Coal Miner
  • Continuous Miner Operator Helper
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What They Do

  • Repair and maintain automotive and drilling equipment, using hand tools.
  • Observe and monitor equipment operation during the extraction process to detect any problems.
  • Drive moving equipment to transport materials and parts to excavation sites.
  • Clean up work areas and remove debris after extraction activities are complete.
  • Organize materials to prepare for use.
  • Load materials into well holes or into equipment, using hand tools.
  • Signal workers to start geological material extraction or boring.
  • Provide assistance to extraction craft workers, such as earth drillers and derrick operators.
  • Clean and prepare sites for excavation or boring.
  • Dismantle extracting and boring equipment used for excavation, using hand tools.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Working Conditions and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2014, the average annual wage in Kansas City, MO-KS was $29,160 with most people making between $24,550 and $37,380

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 5 people in Kansas City, MO-KS. It is projected that there will be 7 employed in 2022.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 2 replacement openings for approximately 2 total annual openings.



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