1. Career Development in the Oil and Coal Drilling Industries

    March 9, 2015 by Rig Source Inc.
    Your Future in Drilling: Career Development Tracks in the Mining Industries


    If you’re considering a career in the coal mining, oil, or gas industries, you might not have a clear picture of how your career will progress. Your education, goals, and salary desires can all affect what path you might take in your mining industries career. Let’s drill down into what arcs your career path might make.

    Possible career paths for workers in the oil and coal drilling industries.


    First of all, it’s important to note that all entry level positions in the mining industries are paid hourly, meaning that the estimated salaries in this infographic are conservative, given that many in the industry work more than a 40-hour week. Jesse Whittaker, a Sales Rep at Rig Source who grew up in West Virginia and has been working in coal mining since the age of 16, knows the reason behind this: unpredictability.

    “There is no standard day on a drill rig,” says Jesse. “You could work 8 hours in a day and everything would be fine, or you could have an issue in the hole and be there for 18 hours.”

    Most high school graduates will begin as a miner or laborer, earning from $37,000-45,000/year for operating heavy mining machinery, drill blasting holes, transporting coal, and laying out and building underground mines, according to Indeed. Most miners fall between the ages of 20-45, according to WiseGeek; with that in mind, working in the drilling industry may be ideal for a young person without a family at home, since the job requires so much time away from the family.

    Miners or laborers can advance to an equipment operator miner, whose job duties include safely and efficiently operating mining equipment. The top rung of this career path is foreman, where one can earn $80,000-89,000/year for supervising miners, meeting quotas, and maintaining an efficient work environment.

    College graduates searching for a job in coal mining can explore careers as geologists or mechanical engineers, depending on their interests. A geologist researches formation dissolution and content of rock layers, and he may also study variation in rock formation and densities. A mechanical engineer, meanwhile, earns $73,000-89,000/year for designing machines and mechanical installations, evaluating machinery, and setting up work control systems.

    From there, an employee can advance to the role of mine manager, which comes with a significant salary increase and additional responsibilities of staffing management, performance evaluation, and promotion of a safe work environment. While a college degree isn’t necessary for a mine manager, only 17% have a high school diploma as their highest degree (for comparison’s sake, 43% hold a Bachelor’s Degree and 27% hold a Master’s Degree).

    Finally, a college graduate’s career in coal mining might culminate as an executive operations manager or mine engineer, both high-level roles earning around $100,000/year. A mine engineer is responsible for planning and designing mines for maximum structural stability, while the executive operations manager leads and managers operation teams.

    A crucial requisite to working in the oil and gas industries is being physically strong. In these career fields, you’re required to 100-150 pounds of equipment regularly. The physical nature of jobs on drilling rigs isn’t for everyone.

    A high school graduate will begin in the oil and gas drilling industries as a hand on an oil drilling rig, conducting inspection on oil drilling equipment, assisting the driller during operations, and ensuring the accuracy of fuel inventories for around $40,000/year. From there, he will advance to a driller, ensuring compliance with all regulating bodies and supervising drilling activities such as core drilling or exploration drilling. Eventually, he may become a tool pusher, supervising daily drilling rig operations

    A college graduate, on the other hand, may enter the oil and gas industries as a petroleum geologist, gaining valuable experience and knowledge in rock formations and mineral samples that could eventually pave the way towards becoming a CEO. The next rung on the ladder is drilling operations manager, managing daily operations and planning various drilling projects, such as exploration drilling, and revising them as necessary. Finally, a drilling operations manager may be promoted to a drilling/petroleum engineer, specializing in the production and placement of wells, earning around $104,000/year according to Salary.com.

    No matter which career path a budding worker in the mining, oil, and gas industries may choose, there’s one thing necessary for career success: autonomy. Being able to work well on your own and being self-directed is key to advancing in your career in the drilling industry.


  2. Hiring Now – Shop Manager & Sales Representatives

    September 24, 2014 by Rig Source Inc.

    Now Hiring - Shop Manager and Sales RepresentativeWhether you’re in search of a new career or just seeking advancement, the opportunities provided by Rig Source are truly endless – Just ask our existing team!

    Rig Source is a privately held company which provides sale & rental drill rigs & crawler carriers to a number of industries such as: geotechnical, environmental, exploration, pipeline and even general construction. Our company is growing rapidly, and we are seeking additional team members to assist with this growth.

    We are highly reputable among the customer’s we serve as well as the team we employ, and are in search of candidates that possess the skills necessary to ensure Rig Source is continually maintaining an unprecedented degree of support to our customers. For this reason, we’re seeking knowledgeable candidates with entrepreneurial spirits to join our shop and sales team.

    “Rig Source has been in business for over ten years, offers competitive pay, insurance and one of the best work environments around.” – Matt Slater, Director of Sales (more…)

  3. Drilling Rig Remount Services – Fast, Efficient & Customized

    August 13, 2014 by Rig Source Inc.
    Your heavy duty drilling equipment can only go as far as its mount will take it which is why Rig Source offers drilling rig remount services to broaden your range.

    Remounting drilling equipment is quite typical in the drilling industry, and drillers will often times remount the same drill rig numerous times throughout the course of its life. They do this to ensure accessibility and dependability of their rigs. No driller wants downtime, and by having their drill mounted to the most versatile vehicle will get them where they need to go will help eliminate downtime.

    Why Go Through The Hassle Of A Drilling Rig Remount?

    Wayne Nash, a contributing author for the National Driller wrote a piece on drill rig remounts called, “Considerations When Remounting a Drilling Rig.” In his article, Wayne came to the conclusion that drilling rigs need remounts throughout their lifetime for two main reasons.

    • Drill rig technology doesn’t change rapidly which means drill rigs usually outlast the trucks they’re mounted on.
    • Road or field conditions make use of trucks completely obsolete so alternative mounts such as tracks become a necessity.

    Both his points solidify the need for reoccurring remounts, but finding experienced individuals to complete the task successfully or sometimes just the time to get it done can be difficult.

    Rig Source Gets It Done

    Rig Source specializes in remounting and servicing drill rigs. In fact, providing drillers with custom drilling rig remounts has played a huge role in the company’s success. Since then, Rig Source has spent the last ten years perfecting how we can excel at meeting our customer’s needs by providing customer’s the drilling rig remounts they need and deserve. Below is two of the most recent drilling rig remounts executed in our shop.

    Boart Longyear LF90D Drilling Rig Remount CME Drill Remount
    Boart Longyear LF90 – In a hurry? We remounted this Boart Longyear LF90 in less than a day!

    CME Drill – Trading in your wheels for tracks? We supplied the Morooka MST 800 & completed the remount.

    Stuck in a bind or just looking to modernize your rig? Call Rig Source today at 630.365.1649 where we specialize in drilling rig remounts. There is no telling where your next drilling job will land you, but it is important to have versatile equipment to take you there, and reliable support to get you there.

  4. Save the Date – International Mining Technology Hall of Fame

    January 27, 2014 by Rig Source Inc.

    The inaugural inductions into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame are upon us. The nominees were announced in November’s issue of International Mining Magazine, and it didn’t take long for various other magazines to begin broadcasting. The Hall of Fame is significant because it is the first time global innovators of the mining industry will get recognition on an international level. The induction announcements are set to take place on February 22, 2014 at a gala dinner hosted by Grand American Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s just a few weeks away!

    How it Works

    Of the full list of nominees only fourteen will receive the honor of being inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame. The nominees were placed into fourteen categories based on the type of contributions they made to the mining industry. These categories include:

    • Safety
    • ExplorationLongyear for International Mining Technology Hall of Fame
    • Underground Development
    • Underground Production
    • Underground Load and Haul
    • Underground Support
    • Surface Mine Production
    • Surface Mine Load and Haul
    • Mining Software
    • Comminution
    • Concentration
    • Bulk  Handling
    • Tailings Management
    • Outstanding Innovator

    A Popular Man Among Nominees

    Edmund Longyear, the man associated with drilling the first diamond core hole seems to be a favorite candidate for the inductions judging the amount of coverage he has received since his nomination. Longyear was nominated for his influence in contract diamond drilling, geological services and shaft sinking in the early part of the 20th century. He also formed the E.J. Longyear Company that later became what we all know and love, the Boart Longyear Company. The Boart Longyear Company is responsible for revolutionizing exploration in the mid 1900’s with the development of the wireline retrieved Q core barrel which is still the standard today.

    Despite being a favorite, there are many more men and woman in all the categories that deserve tremendous recognition for the work that they do. An International Hall of Fame for Mining Technology is long overdue, and being the inaugural year, all nominees have a hundred plus years of competition that they are up against.

    A Tribute to All

    Here at Rig Source, we are proud of each contributor that has been nominated in the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame. The nomination itself is a prestigious honor that very few are privileged to receive. We are directly impacted by Edmund Longyear and his industry accomplishments. Rig Source is proud to offer Boart Longyear equipment as it is a popular choice for used core drill rig sales and rentals among our customers.

    What are your thoughts? Do you think Edmund Longyear will take the inaugural induction into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame for the exploration category?

  5. Don’t Miss the Boat – Opportunity Knocks for Geothermal Drilling

    December 6, 2013 by Rig Source Inc.

    2008 Boart Longyear DB430 for Geothermal DrillingI recently posted a Boart Longyear drill rig to our website, and couldn’t help but ask what it was used for. It’s not uncommon for me to pose this sort of question when I see something new making its way onto our website. However, this Boart Longyear drill rig was particularly interesting to me because of what it is used for – Geothermal drilling.

    You know that slogan, “Go Green” that is just about everywhere now a days? Well, geothermal drilling play’s a pretty strong role in the environmental philosophy behind the ever so popular slogan, and my curiosity just had to know how it worked. After all, I have the experts at my fingertips.

    Defining the “Go Green” Philosophy

    “Go Green,” serves as a catchy slogan created by environmentalists in an effort to conserve and improve the environment. It drives people to consciously choose to use and act in ways that will reduce harmful effects on the environment. Some of the most common methods are reducing waste, saving energy, eating smart, using less gas, and conserving water usage.

    How Geothermal Drilling Works

    Geothermal drilling ties into the saving energy aspect of going green because it’s the method of extracting energy in the form of heat from the Earth’s core. Geothermal energy is renewable, clean, available, inexpensive, and can be used directly. For these reasons, utilizing geothermal heating and cooling systems for homes and businesses has been increasing in popularity. In fact, making the switch to geothermal can actually earn you a hefty federal tax credit. The current offering is 30% for home owners and 10% for commercial businesses with no cap. Definitely something worth considering!

    How to Seize the Untapped Opportunity

    Like everything new, the startup costs of making the switch to geothermal can be slightly pricy in comparison to the alternative. However, the fact of the matter is, geothermal drilling is an industry that is flourishing which indicates money to be made.

    There are options out there to help reduce the cost of this startup for those looking to snag a piece of the profit from the latest go green trend. One of the simplest ways to do this is to start with a used geothermal drilling rig. Buying used can give you more bang for your buck by offering upgrades you might not otherwise have budgeted in, and can earn you higher tax write-offs. If you qualify for section 179 you would earn you a 100% taxable income reduction according to CPA, Jake Rockafellow.

    Getting Your Hands on the Right Rig

    The Boart Longyear drill rig that I recently listed and provoked all this thought is a perfect example of a used unit that would be exceptional for geothermal drilling startup and more. Rig Source’s Director of Sales, Matt Slater explains that the model DB430 Boart Longyear drill rig comes with a 10 ft. stroke and a large centrifugal pump for mud rotary drilling to depths far beyond other units in its class. It also has an upgraded drill head from the larger Boart Longyear drill rig model which gives this unit even more drilling capacity. Additionally, the DB430 offers a very small footprint for easy access in tight areas as well as a robust undercarriage for all-terrain work.

    The benefits behind geothermal energy and going green clearly exist, and it’s only a matter of time before entrepreneurs all over the world tap into the earning potential. Why not get ahead of the game and start now?

  6. Find Us At NWMA Expo: We Mount Core Drills

    November 28, 2012 by Rig Source Inc.

    Rig Source will make another appearance this year as an exhibitor at the Northwest Mining Association (NWMA) Expo in Spokane, WA – December 5-6, BOOTH #1119 and 1121. Get more information and check the availability of both new and used, Atlas Copco and Boart Longyear core drill rigs.  Also ask about our mounting options for your core drills!  Rig Source can mount any drill rig or other type of equipment or integrate a flat bed or dump bed, etc. to a Terramac RT9 crawler carrier for any rough terrain job. Crawler Carrier Mount Option for Core Drills NWMA is a regional association representing members interests throughout the United States and Canada, working closely with the National Mining Association.  NWMA is recognized as an innovative and proactive leader in addressing the needs of an increasingly global mining industry. Please feel free to give us a call at 630-365-1649 if you can’t make it to the NWMA Expo, but would like information on core drills or rubber track crawler carriers.

  7. Geosuelos Purchases a Boart Longyear LF70 Core Drilling Rig

    October 10, 2012 by Rig Source Inc.

    Boart Longyear LF70 Core Drilling Rig Loaded on TrailerGeosuelos in Ecuador, South America, just recently purchased a Boart Longyear LF70 core drilling rig to use for mineral exploration. The Boart Longyear LF70 is one of the most recognized small-format drills in the industry. This light weight rig has a depth capacity of 700 m and can be assembled in under an hour and easily broken down into 7 flyable modules. The Boart Longyear LF70 is an excellent solution for the remote locations Geosuelos will be drilling. For more information on new and used core drills Rig Source has for sale, email us or contact 630-365-1649.

  8. Boart Longyear LF70 for Sale!

    April 9, 2012 by Rig Source Inc.

    Boart Longyear LF70 for SaleWe’re excited to announce that we have a Boart Longyear LF70 for sale! As most drillers know, the LF70 is one of the most recognized small-format drills in the industry. It is a flyable rig with a depth capacity of 700 m that can be assembled in less than an hour. The Boart Longyear LF70 for sale is a lightweight exploration rig that is ideal for drilling in remote locations. Other features of Rig Source’s LF70: • Solid Structural design: a floating spindle allows simple rod start • Nitro-Chuck™ ensures fail safe operations via patented nitrogen gas spring jaws with hydraulic open/spring close functionality • 4-speed transmission delivers both high torque (ideal for RC drilling) and high speed (ideal for diamond drilling) • Easily breaks down into 7 flyable modules with a maximum weight of 554 kg Call us today at 630-365-1649 for info on the Boart Longyear LF70 for Sale. Rig Source sells and rents both new and used drilling equipment.  We also have crawler carriers for sale and for rent.

  9. Wanted: Drill Rig and Crawler Carrier Pictures

    September 21, 2011 by Rig Source Inc.

    Camera with Crawler Carrier PicturesThe Rig Source 2012 Calendar. – How exciting!  We are currently working very hard on the new 2012 Rig Source calendar and would love to showcase your equipment. If you have purchased any Rig Source drill rigs, equipment or crawler carriers or have used any of our custom fabrication and repair services, we want your pictures for our calendar. We’d love to see your Rig Source equipment in action out on the job site or doing something cool! If you are interested in submitting your drill rig or crawler carrier pictures to Rig Source, please call 630-365-1649. (Rig Source will consider all images sent in for print.)

  10. FOR SALE – Boart Longyear LF 70 on Morooka MST1100

    August 12, 2011 by Rig Source Inc.

    Just Added to the Rig Source Showroom. – Rig Source has added to its showroom a Boart Longyear LF 70 mounted on a Morooka MST1100. This unit includes a Cummins Diesel engine and has been completely refurbished, serviced and painted. Feel free to view our newly listed drill rigs in our online showrooms or call 630-365-1649 for additional information.

  11. FOR SALE – Boart Longyear LM55 and LM75 Units

    by Rig Source Inc.

    Boart Longyear LM55 and LM75 Units for SaleJust Added to the Rig Source Showroom. – Rig Source has added two Boart Longyear LM55 units and one Boart Longyear LM75 unit. Each are available for immediate sale. All three Boart Longyear underground core drills have been added to the online showroom and are available for viewing. Feel free to visit the full online listing or call 630-365-1649 for additional information.

  12. Rig Source Offers High Quality Restoration of Drilling Rigs

    July 7, 2011 by Rig Source Inc.

    Rig Source offers restoration services. We can transform various makes and models into like new drill rigs.  We have an expert team of mechanics and welders that can help make your vision a reality for any truck drill remount project or carrier mounted drill project.  Rig Source can also help with winch installations, beds, toolboxes, storage compartments and water tanks. Before & After Shots of Custom Fabrication for Drilling Rigs Rig Source can provide you a great refurbished machine with the best quality of craftsmanship service.  Our custom solutions service the environmental, geotechnical, core drilling and pipeline industries. We look forward the opportunity to help fit your precise requirements and provide you the best service and solutions. Feel free to contact at: 630-365-1649 with any specific needs or questions.