Underground mine service and support workers perform a wide range of mining activities related to the operations of orepasses, chutes, and conveyor systems; the construction and support of underground structures, passages, and roadways; and the provision of materials/supplies. They operate bulldozers, graders, and diesel/electric track haulage equipment.
Oil and gas drilling workers operate and maintain drilling machinery and service rig machinery equipment such as drilling mud systems/pumps, diesel motors, transmissions, and other mechanical equipment as well as perform other activities as intermediate members of drilling rig crews.
Oil and gas well services operators drive trucks and operate specialized hydraulic pumping systems to place cement in wells and to treat wells with chemicals, sand mixtures, and gases to stimulate production.
1. Support activities for mining and oil and gas extraction - 56.0%
2. Mining (except oil and gas) - 15.0%
3. Oil and gas extraction - 13.0%
1. Required educational/training background will vary, depending on your area of work.
2. To be an underground mine service and support worker, you usually need a high school diploma, formal and on-the-job training as a helper or in a support occupation, and experience as a mine labourer.
3. You often need company licensing or certification. You may also obtain basic common core program certification in Ontario.
4. To be an oil and gas drilling worker or service operator, you need a high school diploma and first aid, hydrogen-sulphide awareness, blowout prevention or other safety certificates. You usually need industry experience as an assistant or labourer.
5. To be an oil and gas well services operator, you need training with experienced operators.
6. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.
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The average hourly wages for Mine Service Workers and Operators in Oil and Gas Drilling is $20.78/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the primary industry sector and are above average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.