Crane Operators, Drillers and Blasters

In this group of occupations, tradespeople operate industrial equipment to aid in construction, mining, oil and gas. Crane and hoisting equipment operators operate boom trucks or mobile cranes and draglines to lift and place machinery and other large objects at worksites. Operators of mobile cranes greater than 15 tons (13.5 tonne) must be certified. Drillers operate mobile drilling machines to bore blast holes in open-pit mines and quarries and during the construction of building foundations. Blasters place explosives in blast holes and detonate explosives to dislodge coal, ore and rock and to demolish structures. Water well drillers operate mobile well drilling rigs/equipment to drill residential, commercial and industrial water wells.


  • High school diploma.
  • Some occupations require completion of an apprenticeship.
  • Drillers need a heavy equipment operatorís license and experience, and blasters usually need a blasting license and related experience.