Underground Miners, Oil and Gas Drillers and Related Workers

During mining operations, underground production and development miners operate mining machinery, drill, blast and perform related duties to extract coal and ore in underground mines. They construct tunnels, passageways and shafts. Oil and gas well drillers and well servicers control the operation of drilling and hoisting equipment on drilling and service rigs and direct the activities of the rig crew under supervision of the rig manager.


  • High school diploma.
  • Specialized industry training.
  • A college diploma may be required.
  • On-the-job training.
  • Certification or licensing may be required and may include first aid, hydrogen sulphide awareness, blowout prevention, workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS) and transportation of dangerous goods (TDG).