What does a Water Well Driller (605B) do?

Water Well Drillers operate various types of drilling equipment for the purpose of drilling and servicing water wells. They are required to perform service and maintenance of drilling equipment, select and change drilling tools, complete bore holes into a productive well, and disinfect and service completed wells and pumping equipment.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Completing well records and reports clearly, concisely, and on schedule
  • Knowing and applying correct safety procedures in the construction and operation of water wells
  • Gaining knowledge about geological formations to locate clean/safe water sources for drinking
  • Servicing and maintaining drilling equipment; safely using drilling and boring tools to drill wells
  • Communicating effectively with co-workers and other contractors and supervisors
  • Providing customer service through locating and estimating costs of new well construction or existing well restoration

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma with math, science, and English credits; those 16 years and older who have completed grade 10 can apply to OYAP to gain apprenticeship work hours
  • While not mandatory, completion of a 5,000-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training, is recommended

What's Your Future as a Water Well Driller (605B)?

  • Work primarily outdoors, often in remote locations
  • Hours can be unpredictable; required to stay on site until job is complete
  • Employers include residential building developers, building construction firms, and construction site maintenance firms

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers average $18.00 per hour and up, plus overtime.

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