This series requires specialized training and experience to operate drilling equipment used for acquiring samples of rock, soil, and pavement and measuring ground water as part of subsurface explorations for geotechnical engineering purposes. These positions are classified only in the Geotechnical Engineering Bureau in Albany and the Regional Offices of the Department of Transportation.
ASSISTANT DRILL RIG OPERATOR: non-competitive jurisdictional class; entry level; appointment requires completion of a two-year traineeship or comparable experience; assists the Drill Rig Operator in field operations of the regional drill crew; responsible for the drill crew in the absence of the Drill Rig Operator; generally classified only in Regional Offices.
DRILL RIG OPERATOR: non-competitive jurisdictional class; first supervisory level; supervises and trains the Assistant Drill Rig Operators, Trainees and Laborers assigned to the Regional Drill Crew; responsible for field drilling operations and records.
DRILL SUPERVISOR: assigned to the Geotechnical Engineering Bureau in Albany; travels Statewide; assists the Supervisor Drilling Operations in managing the drilling program.
SUPERVISOR DRILLING OPERATIONS: one-position class; assigned to the Geotechnical Engineering Bureau in Albany; has overall responsibility for Statewide drilling operations, including both State and contractor drill crews.
Core Drill Operators operate core drill apparatus to take samples of finished concrete or bituminous pavement or cores from a concrete structure, label cores with appropriate markings, ship the samples to the Regional Office, maintain work activity reports, and maintain the drilling equipment.
ASSISTANT DRILL RIG OPERATOR: under the supervision of a Drill Rig Operator, obtains soil, rock, and pavement core samples; records sample blow counts during progression of the borehole; progresses borehole by means of hollow stem auger, mud rotary, drilled-in casing, driven casing, or rock coring; measures drill tools and measures and records depth to water and thickness of geological strata; prepares field drill log and maintains productivity and equipment records; drives drilling equipment and support vehicles to borehole site and sets up drilling equipment; manually drills hand auger holes, probes, and test pits; operates bulldozer, pumps, and grout mixers; sets up maintenance and traffic protection; performs traffic flagging; performs preventive maintenance and minor repairs on all drilling equipment; trains Laborers and Assistant Drill Rig Operator Trainees; supervises drill crew in the absence of the Drill Rig Operator; and performs routine tasks to assist in regional snow and ice control operations.
DRILL RIG OPERATOR: supervises a State drill crew; obtains soil and rock samples for engineering purposes; selects the drilling method suitable for the geologic conditions encountered during borehole progression; installs geotechnical instrumentation devices, such as slope indicators and open well piezometers; assembles a floating barge when drilling over water, including anchoring and stabilizing, to provide a safe working platform; reads engineering plans to identify boring locations; coordinates utility clearance for boreholes in accordance with Industrial Code 53; prepares vehicle reports; maintains detailed field logs for each boring; and trains Laborers, Assistant Drill Rig Operators, and Assistant Drill Rig Operator Trainees.
DRILL SUPERVISOR: under the direction of the Supervisor Drilling Operations, provides assistance and expertise to the regional drill crews; inspects and approves drilling equipment used by drilling contractors; provides technical support to drilling contractors' trains regional drill crews in new drilling methods; maintains a Statewide drill tool inventory; processes drill tool requests from regional drill crews; purchases replacement drill supplies, such as diamond bits and core barrels; revises and updates NYSDOT Drill Tool Catalogue; and assists in establishing standards for new drilling equipment.
SUPERVISOR DRILLING OPERATIONS: supervises the Main Office Drill Supervisors; advises and assists the regional drill crews about drilling in difficult and unique situations; inspects and approves equipment used in drilling contracts; provides technical support to drilling contractors; assists engineers and others in writing drilling contracts; plans ways to improve drilling methods for State drill crews; develops specifications for upgrading State drilling equipment; works with the Equipment Management Division in planning drill rig, barge, and support vehicle replacement patterns; and plans and implements training programs for State drilling personnel.
ASSISTANT DRILL RIG OPERATOR
Promotion: Satisfactory completion of the two-year Assistant Drill Rig Operator traineeship.
Non-competitive: Valid Class A Commercial driver's license; two years of experience working on a drill crew, bulldozer operation certification, and passage of medical examination demonstrating ability to perform heavy physical labor.
DRILL RIG OPERATOR
Promotion: One year of experience as an Assistant Drill Rig Operator.
Non-competitive: Valid Class A Commercial driver's license; two years of experience working on a drill crew including one year of experience supervising a geotechnical drill crew and passage of a medical examination demonstrating ability to perform heavy physical labor.
Open Competitive: Two years of experience supervising a geotechnical drill crew.
SUPERVISOR DRILLING OPERATIONS
Promotion: Two years of permanent service as a Drill Supervisor.