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.
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.
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.