Helpers--Extraction Workers

Description

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.

Tasks

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

Knowledge

Psychology
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Skills

Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Operations Analysis
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.

Abilities

Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Interests

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.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Analytical Thinking
Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

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
Core Drill Operator Helper
Core Driller Helper
Cutter Operator Helper
Cutting Machine Operator Helper
Derrick Hand
Derrick Helper
Derrickman Helper
Driller
Driller Helper
Dry-Placer Machine Operator
Gravity Prospecting Observer Helper
Hammerer Helper
Haul Truck Driver
Horizontal Earth Boring Machine Operator Helper
Jack Setter
Joy Operator Helper
Laborer
Loader Operator
Loading Machine Operator Helper
Longwall Headgate Operator
Longwall Machine Operator Helper
Machine Helper
Maintainer
Miner
Miner Assistant
Miner Helper
Mining Helper
Mining Technician
Placer Miner
Pneumatic Jack Operator
Powder Carrier
Pumper Helper
Rig Builder Helper
Roof Bolter Operator
Rotary Driller Helper
Roughneck
Salt Miner
Sandfill Operator
Seismic Prospecting Observer Helper
Seismograph Helper
Shaft Mechanic
Shale Planer Operator Helper
Shooter Helper
Shot Core Drill Operator Helper
Tailer
Test Borer Helper
Truck Driver
Tunnel Mucker
Undercutter Operator
Underground Miner
Wash Driller Helper

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$15.13 hourly, $31,460 annual.
Employment (2008):
25,840 employees