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Details for Helpers--Extraction Workers


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


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


  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.



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  • Roustabouts, Oil and Gas
  • Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders
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