Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, & Blasters
Also called: Blast Hole Driller, Blaster, Explosive Technician, Powderman
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Bringing down a building with the press of a button, or making a giant boulder disappear in a flash of light and sound, these controlled explosions may be sensational, but they can only go forward under the watchful eye of skilled explosives workers. They carefully plan and execute detonations to demolish structures or displace rock and other materials. Explosives workers examine a blast area to determine the amount and type of explosives to use, and to establish safety parameters. They prepare explosive materials, pack them into blast holes, and, after detonating, write detailed records to comply with local and federal laws regulating the use of explosives. Ordnance handlers move munitions and other explosive materials for storage or transportation, typically via rail car or airplane. Positions for these workers are located in construction companies, airlines and airplane manufacturers, rock and gravel quarries, the oil and gas industry, and the military. Explosives workers generally need a high school diploma or equivalent.
What they do: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.
On the job, you would:
- 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.
Safety and Government
- public safety and security
- law and government
Math and Science
- arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Engineering and Technology
- product and service development
- customer service
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Hand and Finger Use
- hold or move items with your hands
- keep your arm or hand steady
Ideas and Logic
- notice when problems happen
- make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
- listen and understand what people say
- communicate by speaking
- pay attention to something without being distracted
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Attention to Detail
- Self Control
- Stress Tolerance
You might use software like this on the job:
Analytical or scientific software
- Blaster's Tool and Supply Company Blaster's Calculator
- DetNet ViewShot
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