Who do you need on your water well drilling team?
The water well drilling team is the core of any drilling operation. Working with a well-rounded team helps streamline projects and ensure both efficiency and quality. So, who do you need on your team?
As the leader of the jobsite, the foreman is specially trained in water well drilling and holds enough experience to be the expert on the project. Often, the foreman worked their way up through the other positions before taking on the lead role. Their responsibilities include taking charge of the project and keeping an eye on the big picture. Part of that big picture view includes ensuring that all materials on the packing list are prepared and ready to go.
The foreman plays an important role in both the preparation and drilling process, accepting the responsibility of filling out any required paperwork to ensure the project is completed according to government standards. They also take charge of assigning tasks to other crew members and work closely with the lead driller.
The Lead Driller
The next key role, the lead driller, reviews and analyzes drilling parameters to ensure the project is performed safely and successfully. They too boast extensive experience in water well drilling and understand how the individual tasks meld together for the success of the project. The lead driller provides training for the drilling crew and supervises the water well drilling operation, guiding the drilling team through the process and alleviating some of the pressure on the foreman.
The lead driller monitors the drilling mud and water circulation and gives the team forewarning to adjust water flow and the drilling mud viscosity before it becomes a bigger issue. With all this responsibility, the lead driller needs a right-hand person. That’s why every drill team requires an assistant driller.
The Assistant Driller
The assistant driller helps the lead driller with everything from setting up the equipment to maintaining safety standards. With training in running machinery and operating equipment, the assistant driller takes a hands-on support role during preparation and drilling.
The assistant driller’s main goal is to make the operation run as smoothly as possible. They help set up and organize the jobsite to the specifications of the lead driller and the foreman and jump in during difficulties.
The last position to fill on your drilling team is the helper. The helper takes careful note of directions from their teammates to make sure the drilling job is done correctly. Like the assistant driller, the helper is there to ensure the operation runs smoothly. With ample training in water well drilling, the helper holds enough knowledge to instruct local workers and volunteers throughout the drilling process. They supervise pit digging, water gathering, shoveling the cuttings and keeping the strainer clean. They focus almost exclusively on hands-on work and are a trusted member of the drilling team.
Why Gather the Team?
A full, well-trained drilling team ensures the water well drilling project goes off without a hitch and can help it be completed in a timely and safe manner. Lone Star Drills offers training options so your drilling team is familiar with the equipment and drilling process. Our half-day training sessions will show the sequence of procedures to get the drill and jobsite ready and teach how to properly set up and use the water well drill itself.
Does your drilling team have any questions about their drill rig? Contact Lone Star Drills today to learn more about our training options.