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Horizontal Directional Drill Operator

Hybrid Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
MasTec North America, Inc.
O*Net Code
Rapids Code
Req. Hours
Jul 16, 2021
Jul 16, 2021

Time-Based Skills

4 skill sets | 19 total skills
Horizontal Directional Drill Pre-Job Briefing - 200 req. hrs
Identify and explain the job being performed.
Discuss specific job roles for each employee.
Identify and describe job-related safety issues.
Pre-drill actions (Includes operation of tools/equipment) - 360 req. hrs
Unload and set drill into place.
Connect hoses, check fluids (i.e.: pre-start check list).
Insert sonde and calibrate with locator.
Walk the bore path identifying any possible issues, i.e.: utility crossings, parallels, terrain/elevation changes, water crossings, inconsistencies, etc.
Drill operator (Includes operation of tools/equipment) - 924 req. hrs
Verify drill is in working order, i.e.: walk around machine, check all safeties, check drill stems and drill head, start machine, check gauges, listen, note for any maintenance, etc.
Check electronics and verify sonde is connected to computer.
Work with locator to properly align drill head.
Operate the Directional Drill Machine properly and safely.
Ensure drill pipe connections are adequately greased.
Pull drill stem and material back once completed. Maintain appropriate grease on drill stem during pullback.
Locator (Includes operation of tools/equipment) - 824 req. hrs
Verify sonde is active and connected to computer, this repetitive step will verify accuracy of connection.
Verify locator is working properly, this repetitive step will ensure that all computerized units of the locating system are synched.
Walk drill path and look for any possible issues, this continues to help maintain communication during the drill shot.
Continue communication with drill operator to assist in bore completion.
Instruct drill operator on proper direction and path of the bore. This will maintain the predetermined bore path and depth.
Connect material to drill head and assist drill operator on pull back.

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