Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, & Blasters

Explosives Worker

Explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters use explosives to blast through rock, earth, and other substances
Explosives Worker
Why Should You Consider This Career?

You get to blow things up for a living! You are responsible for the safe storage, handling, and disposal of explosives and ammunition

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Blast Hole Driller, Blaster, Explosive Technician, Powderman, Unexploded Ordnance Quality Control Officer

Place and detonate explosives to demolish structures or to loosen, remove, or displace earth, rock, or other materials. May perform specialized handling, storage, and accounting procedures.

At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Blast Hole Driller, Blaster, Explosive Technician, Powderman, Unexploded Ordnance Quality Control Officer
A Typical Day Icon

Your Typical Day:

  • Examine blast areas to determine amounts and kinds of explosive charges needed and to ensure that safety laws are observed.
  • Tie specified lengths of delaying fuses into patterns in order to time sequences of explosions.
  • Place safety cones around blast areas to alert other workers of danger zones, and signal workers as necessary to ensure that they clear blast sites prior to explosions.
  • Place explosive charges in holes or other spots; then detonate explosives to demolish structures or to loosen, remove, or displace earth, rock, or other materials.
  • Insert, pack, and pour explosives, such as dynamite, ammonium nitrate, black powder, or slurries into blast holes; then shovel drill cuttings, admit water into boreholes, and tamp material to compact charges.
  • Mark patterns, locations, and depths of charge holes for drilling, and issue drilling instructions.
  • Compile and keep gun and explosives records in compliance with local and federal laws.
  • Measure depths of drilled blast holes, using weighted tape measures.
  • Connect electrical wire to primers, and cover charges or fill blast holes with clay, drill chips, sand, or other material.
  • Lay primacord between rows of charged blast holes, and tie cord into main lines to form blast patterns.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Determine operational compliance with regulations or standards.
  • Select tools, equipment, or technologies for use in operations or projects.
  • Prepare explosives for detonation.
  • Direct construction or extraction personnel.
  • Position safety or support equipment.
  • Operate detonation equipment.
  • Pour materials into or on designated areas.
  • Record operational or environmental data.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Measure work site dimensions.
Your Knowledge Icon

Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 78/100

  • Law and Government

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. 74/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 68/100

  • Engineering and Technology

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. 58/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 54/100

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 54/100

  • Transportation

Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits. 54/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 52/100

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 50/100

  • Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. 50/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Detonators
  • Cargo trucks
  • Voltage or current meters
  • Remote reading thermometers
  • Core drills
  • Grab hooks
  • Wire cutters
  • Rotary drills
  • Hydraulic rock drills
  • Levels
  • Circuit tester
  • Explosives fuses
  • Completion bull plugs
  • Protective gloves
  • Detonator box
  • Stripping tools
  • Water pumps
  • Two way radios
  • Signal generators
  • Track cranes
  • Workshop cranes
  • Multimeters
  • Wattmeters
  • Capsule guns
  • Fish tape
  • Ammonium nitrate and fuel oil ANFO loading machinery
  • Submerged arc welding machine
  • Depth gauges
  • Knife blades
  • Ladders
  • Blaster tools
  • Micrometers
  • Diesel generators
  • Air compressors
  • Ammeters
  • Screwdrivers
  • Blasting caps
  • Tape measures
  • Grease guns
  • Slings
  • Calipers
  • Ohmmeters
  • Respirators
  • Casing guns
  • Pick or place robots
  • Measuring rods
  • Logging instruments for water wells
  • Hazardous materials cabinets
  • Compressed air gun
  • Prisms
  • Hoists
  • Phasemeters
  • Safety glasses
  • Plaster or mortar mixers
  • Industrial funnels
  • Viscosimeters
  • Cylinder gauge
  • Explosive loading machinery spare parts or accessories
  • Densitometers
  • Pressure indicators
  • Dollies
  • Mechanical balances
  • Utility knives
  • Notebook computers
  • Conduit benders
  • Forklifts
  • Hammer drills
  • Rangefinders
  • Depth indicators
  • Combination wrenches
  • Radio frequency transmitters or receivers
  • Mud mixers
  • Makeup tongs
  • Pull spring balances
  • Pocket knives
  • Drill collars
  • Pneumatic hammer
  • Wedges
  • Time delay fuses
  • Explosive initiators
  • Goggles
  • Laboratory bailers
  • Tweezers
  • Pallet trucks
  • Pneumatic drill
  • Ear plugs
  • Flags or accessories
  • Stonemason chisel
  • Conventional truck cranes
  • Cable reels
  • Calibrated resistance measuring equipment
  • Linemans pliers
  • Seismic recorders or seismographs
  • Safety harnesses or belts
  • Shears
  • Sirens
  • Open end wrenches
  • Strobe or warning lights
  • Well testing downhole tools
  • Sand control screens
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras
  • Special hoses
  • Water samplers
  • Tampers
  • Wire brushes
  • End cut pliers
  • Rubber mallet
  • Grouting pump
  • Tie down anchors
  • Trenching machines
  • Mud pumps
  • Traffic cones or delineators
  • Scientific calculator
  • Wire lug crimping tool
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver
  • Downhole fishing poles
  • Megohmmeters
  • Wire connectors
  • Backhoes
  • Soil core sampling apparatus
  • Water analyzers
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Hacksaw
  • Clinometers
  • Hard hats
  • Dewatering pumps
  • Tongue and groove pliers
  • Plumb bobs
  • Longnose pliers
  • Personal computers
  • Shale shakers
  • Tablet computers
  • Galvanometers
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