Quarry Rock Splitter  What They Do

Just the Facts


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

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Locates grain line patterns to determine how rocks will split when cut.
  • Removes pieces of stone from larger masses, using jackhammers, wedges, and other tools.
  • Inserts wedges and feathers into holes, and drives wedges with sledgehammers to split stone sections from masses.
  • Marks dimensions or outlines on stone prior to cutting, using rules and chalk lines.
  • Cuts slabs of stone into sheets that will be used for floors or counters.
  • Sets charges of explosives to split rock.
  • Drills holes along outlines, using jackhammers.
  • Drills holes into sides of stones broken from masses, inserts dogs or attaches slings, and directs removal of stones.
  • Cuts grooves along outlines, using chisels.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation involves kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or crawling more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of special protective items such as a breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suit, or radiation protection
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Whole body vibrations, such as when operating a jackhammer
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time
  • Work at heights above 8 feet more than once a month on structures such as ladders, poles, scaffolding, and catwalks

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Using muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Blaster --
  • Driller --
  • Quarry Worker --
  • Rock Splitter --
  • Splitter Operator --
  • Stone Breaker --
  • Stone Splitter --