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Geothermal and Well Drilling Operator

Published
Hybrid Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
International Union of Operating Engineers
Industries
O*Net Code
47-5023.00
Rapids Code
2006HY
Req. Hours
3848
State
DC
Created
Jun 04, 2021
Updated
Jun 04, 2021

Time-Based Skills

9 skill sets | 38 total skills
Drill Rig - 1980 req. hrs
Perform preventive maintenance, proper oils and greases, and minor adjustments.
Operate using the controls, their importance in proper operation, and movement of machine for safety of other employees, drilling around underground utilities, working the proper distance from overhead power lines, and other equipment working near machine.
Apply technical knowledge and assist during major overhauls while working with the operator, heavy duty repairperson, and welder.
Auguring: Both with solid flight augers and hollow stem augers.
“Direct” Mud Rotary: Using both polymer and bentonite based fluids, filtration control, and the use of additives to solve down hole problems.
Air Rotary: Using air, mist, foam, and “stiff foam” to overcome hole stabilization problems when using air in “non-cohesive” soils.
Reverse Rotary: Air lift and vacuum lift using both polymer and bentonite based fluids to stabilize the hole during “flooded hole drilling.”
Direct push: With the installation of monitoring wells and environmental procedures for collection and equipment decontamination.
Cable Tool: Advance holes and casing using drill stem percussion to break up and stir formation into a solution to be bailed out of the hole.
Sonic: Drill and sample holes using vibration of varying hertz imparted on a casing used as a drill stem to break up and liquefy the formation while the casing protects form formation collapse.
Dual rotary: Two rotary heads are employed to drill and case the hole at the same time. The top head drive is used to advance the drill rods and bit while the bottom drive advances the casing with the bit thru the overburden. Once the overburden is cased the top drive operates the same as on a conventional rig.
Backhoe - Wheel & Track - 330 req. hrs
Perform preventive maintenance, proper oils and greases, and minor adjustments.
Operate using the controls, their importance in proper operation, and movement of machine for safety of other employees, digging underground utilities, working the proper distance from overhead power lines, and other equipment working near machine.
Perform the movement of heavy drill collars, tooling, as well as digging mud pits and providing drainage to slurry pits.
Apply technical knowledge and assist during major overhauls while working with the operator, heavy duty repairperson, and welder.
Tractor-Type Skid Steers Loaders/Hi-Lifts - 330 req. hrs
Perform preventive maintenance, proper oils and greases, and minor adjustments.
Operate on the different types of work assigned the dozer from rough excavation to finish work.
Perform the movement of heavy drill collars, tooling, as well as digging mud pits and providing drainage to slurry pits.
Assist in making minor adjustments and repairs and work with the mechanic on major repairs.
Powered Industrial Trucks - 180 req. hrs
Perform preventive maintenance, proper oils and greases, and minor adjustments.
Operate on the different types of work assigned the dozer from rough excavation to finish work.
Perform the movement of heavy drill collars, tooling, as well as digging mud pits and providing drainage to slurry pits.
Assist in making minor adjustments and repairs and work with the mechanic on major repairs.
Bulldozer - 150 req. hrs
Perform preventive maintenance, proper oils and greases, and minor adjustments.
Operate on the different types of work assigned the dozer from pioneer and rough excavation to finish work.
Assist in making minor adjustments and repairs and work with the mechanic on major repairs.
Drill Rig Driver - 230 req. hrs
Drive a truck mounted drill.
Study the Federal Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) laws and obtain a CDL license.
Use of Grade Instruments and Plans - 296 req. hrs
Use instruments and read plans for making grades.
Read and set grade stakes as well as read plans and instructions.
Read boring plans for layout.
Material Sampling - 152 req. hrs
Perform proper description of soils and logging.
Principles and methods of soil collection.
Record geological
Miscellaneous Equipment - 200 req. hrs
Operate, service, and adjust all types of pumps.
Assist in installing, operating, and maintaining well-point systems.
Operate, service, and adjust all types of electric generating plants.
Operate, service, and adjust all other types of equipment.

Technical Instruction

Introduction - 20 req. hrs
Apprenticeship Rules and Regulations
Issue Books and Manuals
Drug & Alcohol presentation
Diversity
Safety - 10 req. hrs
Occupational Safety and Health Administration(O.S.H.A) Rules and Regulations
Commercial Drivers License Preparation - 8 req. hrs
Testing Requirements
Inspection Stipulations
Driving Course
Hazmat - 40 req. hrs
40 Hour Hazwoper Certification Course
Drilling Fundamentals - 18 req. hrs
Describe soils
Log procedures
Principles and fundamentals
Health - 8 req. hrs
Standard First Aid, CPR and AED
Basic Equipment Skills (technical training and seat time) - 80 req. hrs
Drill Rig
Skid steer loader
Forklift and Powered Industrial Truck Training
Support Equipment
Soil/Exploration - 60 req. hrs
Theory
Logs and data collection
Foundations and layout
Tooling
Boring
Rigging - 12 req. hrs
Chart Reading
Drill Set-Up
Cable Specification
Hazwoper Re-Certification - 8 req. hrs
8 Hour Refresher
Safety Review
Health - 8 req. hrs
Standard First Aid, CPR and AED
Basic Equipment Skills (technical training and seat time) - 56 req. hrs
Drill Rig
Skid steer loader
Dozer
Combination Backhoe Loader
Forklift and Powered Industrial Truck
Support Equipment
Geothermal and other well types - 60 req. hrs
Theory and components
Well construction
Grouting – Mud and Grout Awareness
Pump selection and installation
Practical application
Hazwoper Re-Certification - 8 req. hrs
8 Hour Refresher
Safety Review
Health - 8 req. hrs
Standard First Aid, CPR and AED
Use of Grade Instruments and Plans - 16 req. hrs
Transit and Hand Level
Theodolite
Leveling Rods
Measurement Instruments
Stakes
Print Reading
Mechanical System - 6 req. hrs
Basic Hydraulics
Basic Electrical
Fundamental Power Trains

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