Water well drillers (NOC 7373)

About this job

People in this occupation:

  • operate a variety of mobile water well drilling rigs and equipment to drill and monitor residential, commercial and industrial water wells
  • work for water well drilling contractors and governments
  • may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • driller, cable tool - water well drilling
  • driller, journeyman / journeywoman
  • operator, churn drill - water well
  • water pump installer


Water well drillers:

  • review client needs and proposed locations for water wells
  • operate water well drilling rigs and other equipment to drill, bore and dig for residential, commercial and industrial water wells or environmental assessment
  • install well screens, casings and other well fixtures
  • document geological formations that are found
  • clean and disinfect wells in preparation for use
  • do routine mechanical maintenance work on water well drilling rigs and equipment
  • install, test, maintain and repair water well pumps, piping systems and equipment and perform pumping tests to assess well performance
  • may provide other drilling services, such as repair or dismantling of existing water well structure, elevator shaft drilling and hydro pole drilling

Special duties

Water well drillers may specialize in a specific method of drilling, such as cable, rotary, auger, hammer or reverse circulation drilling.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place outdoors, so workers may be exposed to various weather conditions.
  • Working with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools may be a potential source of injury.
  • Loud noise in the workplace can affect hearing.
  • Work may involve heavy vibrations and back and forth motion of the body.
  • Work involves contact with water.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Movement is possible among the various well drilling operators in this group.

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources