Rock Splitters, Quarry
SOC: 47-5051.00

Description:

Separate blocks of rough dimension stone from quarry mass using jackhammer and wedges.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
3,700 employed

Projected (2024):
3,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Blaster
  • Driller
  • Ledge Man
  • Quarry Plug and Feather Driller
  • Quarry Worker
  • Quarryman
  • Rock Breaker
  • Rock Picker
  • Rock Splitter
  • Rockman
  • Sandstone Splitter
  • Saw Operator
  • Splitter Operator
  • Stone Breaker
  • Stone Splitter


  • Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.

    Education:

    Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • 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.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Aerial personnel lifts
  • Air hammers
  • Cape chisels
  • Chain slings
  • Chainsaws
  • Chalk lines
  • Chipping hammers
  • Concrete saws
  • Core drills
  • Crushing machines
  • Derrick cranes
  • Diamond wall saws
  • Dust suppression systems
  • Field forklifts
  • Flat wedges
  • Floor saws
  • Four-wheel drive front end loaders
  • Grinding dogs
  • Heavy dump trucks
  • Hydraulic breakers
  • Hydraulic jacks
  • Hydraulic rock drills
  • Hydraulic wedges
  • Jackhammers
  • Mason's hammers
  • Materials conveyors
  • Personal computers
  • Pneumatic hammer drills
  • Pneumatic quarry drills
  • Portable air compressors
  • Quarry hammers
  • Quarry scales
  • Rock chisels
  • Rock saws
  • Rock splitters
  • Skid steer machines
  • Sledgehammers
  • Spot welding tools
  • Star drills
  • Stationary wire saws
  • Tracked bulldozers
  • Tracked excavators
  • Data entry software
  • Maintenance reporting software
  • Time reporting software


  • construction and extraction


    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580