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Rock Splitters, Quarry - 47-5051.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Separate blocks of rough dimension stone from quarry mass using jackhammers, wedges, or chop saws.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Driller
  • Quarry Worker
  • Rock Splitter
  • Splitter Operator
  • Stone Breaker
  • Stone Splitter

SOC Occupation Groups

47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations
47-5000 Extraction Workers
47-5050 Rock Splitters, Quarry
47-5051.00 Rock Splitters, Quarry

Related Occupations


  • Cut grooves along outlines, using chisels.
  • Cut slabs of stone into sheets that will be used for floors or counters.
  • Drill holes along outlines, using jackhammers.
  • Drill holes into sides of stones broken from masses, insert dogs or attach slings, and direct removal of stones.
  • Insert wedges and feathers into holes, and drive wedges with sledgehammers to split stone sections from masses.
  • Locate grain line patterns to determine how rocks will split when cut.
  • Mark dimensions or outlines on stone prior to cutting, using rules and chalk lines.
  • Remove pieces of stone from larger masses, using jackhammers, wedges, and other tools.
  • Set charges of explosives to split rock.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Break up rock, asphalt, or concrete.
  • Cut tile, stone, or other masonry materials.
  • Direct construction or extraction personnel.
  • Drill holes in earth or rock.
  • Examine physical characteristics of natural stone or stone products.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Operate detonation equipment.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Blaster (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Equipment Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Quarrying Specialist (RC) (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Quarry Plug-and-Feather Driller