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Pile Drivers Earn Piles Of Cash Out On The Rigs

Working on an oil rig can be a tough job. You are miles away from land, from your loved ones, and from the hustle and bustle of city life. What you have is miles of wide open sea, as far as the eyes can see.

Pile drivers have a noisy job. They are required to drive piles, made from steel, wood, or concrete and steel mixes, up to 10 or 15 feet underground. These piles are the bases on which buildings, or this case, oil wells, are built.

These ‘piles’ need to be driven in precise locations to precise depths. If the driver is one inch of center the pile could be driven in at an angle, or perhaps be damaged.

The pile driver itself may be mounted on a platform, housed on a barge or attached to the oil well itself. Using levers, pedals and hydraulic valves, the operator raises and drops the heavy hammer to drive the pile deep into the earth.

On land, pile drivers assist in the building of retaining walls, bridges where they drive the piles that support the bridge into the rivers bank and for building construction.

Heavy equipment such as pile driving requires training and ATS Heavy Equipment Training Schools are the best prepared to train you for a career as a heavy equipment operator.

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