In Summary - Quarry Worker
The Work - Quarry Worker
Quarry workers are responsible for a number of jobs in quarries, where materials like limestone, sandstone, chalk, clay, sand and gravel are excavated. Duties include driving heavy plant machinery such as excavators and draglines or operating machinery for washing and grading. In stone quarries explosives are required for blasting and often machinery is used for crushing.
Some quarry firms are responsible for other activities, like coating stones for road building and maintenance, or producing lime, concrete products or ready-mixed cement. Quarry workers may supply and deliver materials to customers. Quarry workers may also be involved in the transportation of materials to building sites.
Quarries can be very noisy and dusty. Nearly all the work is outdoors.
Quarry workers can progress to become a Quarry Manager.
Quarry managers combine supervising staff with office based duties like personnel management, budget control, maintenance, and environmental planning. Managers also liaise with local authorities and community groups over planning permission applications.
Quarry managers are responsible for all the modern vehicles, plant and machinery used at quarries. They may plan and organise maintenance and overhauling programmes. Safety is very important in quarry work. Managers make sure that all their employees are aware of safety regulations and procedures.
They are responsible for examining materials produced to ensure a high quality of production is maintained. They must ensure that health and safety regulations are adhered. They are also responsible that the quarry's production level are maintained to schedule and provide information and statistics on performance to the owner company.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Locate grain line patterns to determine how rocks will split when cut.
- Remove pieces of stone from larger masses, using jackhammers, wedges, and other tools.
- Insert wedges and feathers into holes, and drive wedges with sledgehammers to split stone sections from masses.
- Mark dimensions or outlines on stone prior to cutting, using rules and chalk lines.
- Cut slabs of stone into sheets that will be used for floors or counters.
- Set charges of explosives to split rock.
- Drill holes along outlines, using jackhammers.
- Drill holes into sides of stones broken from masses, insert dogs or attach slings, and direct removal of stones.
- Cut grooves along outlines, using chisels.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Controlling Machines and Processes Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Interests - Quarry Worker
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
Quarry workers must be physically fit and active. Because quarries are potentially dangerous places in which to work, common sense and reliability are important. You must be able to work as part of a team and to follow instructions.
Entry Requirements - Quarry Worker
Pay & Salary - Quarry Worker
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 18k - 50k
Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.