FT Auger/Mud Rotary Drill Operator

South Plainfield, New Jersey


Seeking a Geotechnical Driller. The successful candidate will travel to different work sites, primarily NY and NJ, but will be willing to travel to surrounding states if needed to perform geotechnical drilling. The Driller will safely operate drill rigs and direct/supervise drilling helpers. The Driller will also assist as necessary in the mobilization and demobilization for projects in both the field and the shop.

This position will be primarily on a project out in the field and the Driller will be expected to perform work year round, in varying weather conditions that may be wet, cold or hot. The Driller will have to carry equipment and lift heavy objects. Depending on workload and client demand, this position may be required to work nights and weekends.


  • Safely operate and assist in maintaining the auger/mud rotary drill rig.
  • Supervise and train the drilling helper(s) assigned to the drill rig.
  • Verify positions of boring locations and the presence of underground obstructions/utilities before drilling to determine if it is safe to move forward with the process.
  • Check gauges, monitor drilling conditions, and pay close attention to equipment to decide if it needs to be altered or adjusted during drilling.
  • Use previous experience/knowledge of soil or rock conditions to determine which drilling technique or rig is appropriate for each job in order to maximize safety and productivity and reduce possible equipment damage.
  • Stop, start, and control machine drilling speed and alignment as well as position drills to stabilize machines during drilling.
  • Regulate downward pressure, rotary speed, and air pressure, depending on the type of material the drill is advancing through, changing procedures and settings for each individual job as needed.
  • Capable of performing split spoon sampling via automatic, donut, and/or safety hammer.
  • Complete all job-required paperwork including: tailboards, safety documentation, system startup and abandonment documentation, equipment condition documentation, etc.
  • Capable of performing rock coring via traditional or wire line methodologies.
  • Follow all protocol and standard operating procedures to guarantee safety and compliance on the job site and keep team members safe from injury.
  • Position and assemble casing pipes, augers, drill rods, and other drilling support equipment.
  • Perform drill rig inventory and alert the shop of materials needed to complete a project.
  • Effectively communicate with supervisor and coworkers.
  • General maintenance/upkeep of the drill rig and update the shop as to when the drill rig requires shop maintenance.
  • Follow specific instructions and carry out tasks in a safe manner.
  • Ability to safely assess MPT requirement and/or interpret on site MPT documents and enforce.
  • Monitor safety and regulatory compliance to ensure compliance with company safety policies and OSHA regulations. Develop a full understanding of MFS’ safety policies and procedures and promote our safety culture.
  • Maintain good housekeeping practices on field operations and shop area.
  • Perform pre-shift and post-shift safety inspections and complete daily equipment inspection reports.
  • Able to perform minor repairs and service to equipment.
  • Ability to read and interpret drawings pertaining to drill operation.

Physical Demands

  • Able to occasionally lift 75 pounds
  • Can expect to work with hand tools and some chemicals
  • Being on call and available to work at any time the customer requires
  • Able to load, unload, and move large equipment, materials and tools
  • Continuous walking, stair climbing, and lifting
  • Full range of physical motions associated with general labor work
  • Continual exposure to all outdoor weather conditions (extreme heat and cold); exposure to noise and fumes generated from motorized equipment


  • Previous 5-10 years of experience as a Driller
  • Holds NJ state drilling licenses
  • Minimum High School diploma, GED or equivalent
  • Class A or Class B CDL license
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Company background check
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Must be willing to travel within NJ, NY, and adjoining states
  • Motivated and excited to grow with a small firm and the potential to advance with the company
  • Ability to communicate effectively with managers, clients, and contractors


  • Knowledgeable with operating CME 45 type drill rigs
  • Mechanical skills and construction background
  • 40 hour HAZWOPER and OSHA 10/30 training
  • TWIC card

About The Company:

MFS is #24 best places to work in NJ. (NJ BIZ 2018)
MFS is #92 on the Top 100 Engineering firms in NYC. (ENR 2018)

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.