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Helpers--Extraction Workers - 47-5081.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Help extraction craft workers, such as earth drillers, blasters and explosives workers, derrick operators, and mining machine operators, by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying equipment or cleaning work area.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Continuous Miner Operator Helper
  • Driller Helper
  • Driller's Assistant
  • Longwall Machine Operator Helper
  • Miner Helper
  • Powderman
  • Salt Miner

SOC Occupation Groups

47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations
47-5000 Extraction Workers
47-5080 Helpers--Extraction Workers
47-5081.00 Helpers--Extraction Workers

Related Occupations


  • Clean and prepare sites for excavation or boring.
  • Clean up work areas and remove debris after extraction activities are complete.
  • Collect and examine geological matter, using hand tools and testing devices.
  • Dig trenches.
  • Dismantle extracting and boring equipment used for excavation, using hand tools.
  • Drive moving equipment to transport materials and parts to excavation sites.
  • Load materials into well holes or into equipment, using hand tools.
  • Observe and monitor equipment operation during the extraction process to detect any problems.
  • Organize materials to prepare for use.
  • Provide assistance to extraction craft workers, such as earth drillers and derrick operators.
  • Repair and maintain automotive and drilling equipment, using hand tools.
  • Set up and adjust equipment used to excavate geological materials.
  • Signal workers to start geological material extraction or boring.
  • Unload materials, devices, and machine parts, using hand tools.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Assist skilled construction or extraction personnel.
  • Clean work sites.
  • Collect geological samples.
  • Dig holes or trenches.
  • Dismantle equipment or temporary structures.
  • Drive trucks or truck-mounted equipment.
  • Load materials into construction equipment.
  • Load or unload materials used in construction or extraction.
  • Maintain drilling equipment.
  • Monitor extraction operations.
  • Operate mining equipment.
  • Prepare excavation or extraction sites for commissioning or decommissioning.
  • Select construction materials.
  • Signal equipment operators to indicate proper equipment positioning.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Blaster (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cannon Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Miner I (Mine & Quarry)

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Blaster Helper
  • Bottom-Hole-Pressure-Recording-Operator Helper
  • Clean-Out-Driller Helper
  • Driller Helper
  • Dry-Placer-Machine Operator
  • Jack Setter
  • Miner I
  • Miner, Placer
  • Observer Helper, Gravity Prospecting
  • Observer Helper, Seismic Prospecting
  • Pneumatic-Jack Operator
  • Rotary-Driller Helper
  • Sandfill Operator
  • Shaft Mechanic
  • Shale Planer Operator Helper
  • Tailer