Horizontal Directional Drilling Operator (HDD Operator) needed at IpNX Nigeria Limited

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Job title : Horizontal Directional Drilling Operator (HDD Operator)

Job Location : Lagos

Deadline : October 18, 2023

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Purpose of the Job (Brief)

  • As a Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) Drill Operator you will be responsible for operating and maintaining horizontal directional drilling equipment in all HDD operations for the organisation. Your expertise will play a crucial role in the successful execution of underground utility installation and infrastructure projects. You will collaborate closely with project teams, contractors, and local authorities to ensure safe and efficient drilling operations.

Deliverables (Maximum 5-6 key responsibilities)

Expected Key Results (Detailed KPIs) Key Activities 

  • Accurate Borehole Creation Skillfully operate HDD machinery to create precise and accurate boreholes for underground utility installation, ensuring alignment with project specifications and tolerances within the local community or region.
  • Maintenance & Troubleshooting Perform routine maintenance on drilling equipment to ensure its functionality and reliability.
  • Diagnose and resolve mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic issues that may arise during drilling operations.
  • Coordinate with maintenance teams to schedule repairs and replacements as needed.
  • Quality Control Monitor the quality of boreholes and ensure they meet project specifications and tolerances.
  • Collaborate with surveyors and project engineers to verify borehole accuracy and alignment.
  • Documentation & Reporting Maintain accurate records of drilling activities, equipment maintenance, and operational data.
  • Prepare daily progress reports, equipment logs, and any other required documentation.
  • Continuous Improvement Stay updated on industry trends, advancements, and best practices related to HDD drilling.
  • Suggest and implement improvements to drilling techniques, equipment, and processes to enhance efficiency and productivity.
  • Safety and Compliance Adhere to strict safety protocols and guidelines to prevent accidents and ensure a safe working environment for yourself, your colleagues, and other project personnel.
  • Identify potential hazards and implement appropriate safety measures during drilling operations.
  • Follow international drilling regulations and environmental standards to minimize the impact on the surroundings.

Demonstrate (Key competencies) 

Educational Qualifications & Functional Skills:


  • OND/HND or University Degree in Telecoms, Engineering, Applied Sciences or relevant field.

Functional Skills:

  • Proficiency in operating various HDD equipment models and manufacturers.
  • Strong mechanical aptitude and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of drilling fluid properties, soil types, and drilling techniques.
  • Ability to read and interpret project plans, blueprints, and technical drawings.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work in diverse and multicultural environments.
  • Willingness to work in locations across the nation and adapt to various work conditions and climates.
  • Relevant certifications and licenses for operating drilling equipment.
  • Physical fitness and ability to perform physically demanding tasks.

Work Experience:

  • 1-3 years of experience with directional drill rigs
  • Specific Knowledge of Civil Works planning applications with Nigerian Local Authorities.
  • Prior experience as an HDD Drill Operator is required.
  • Ability to work outside with variable hours in inclement weather conditions.
  • Verifiable heavy equipment training and operating experience.

Other Requirements:

  • Customer Focus
  • Tech savvy
  • Action orientation
  • Drive results 
  • Cultivate Innovation
  • Ability to optimize work processes.
  • Resilience
  • Self-Development
  • Nimble Learning
  • (Additional requirements for AMs and above)
  • Ensures Accountability
  • Develops Talent
  • Drives Engagement
  • Drives Vision & Purpose
  • Excellent Decision Quality 
  • Dimensions 
  • Financial Dimensions:


  • PO Approval: 
  • Other Dimensions:
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  • No. of direct reports:

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