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Your job is to 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. Includes seismograph shooters.
Common job titles of Explosives Specialists include:
Experience and Education
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
62.5% said they needed a High School Diploma.
20.83% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
Connect electrical wire to primers, and cover charges or fill blast holes with clay, drill chips, sand, or other material.
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.
Mark patterns, locations, and depths of charge holes for drilling, and issue drilling instructions.
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.
Repair and service blasting, shooting, and automotive equipment, and electrical wiring and instruments, using hand tools.
Drive trucks to transport explosives and blasting equipment to blasting sites.
Move and store inventories of explosives, loaded perforating guns, and other materials, according to established safety procedures.
Examine blast areas to determine amounts and kinds of explosive charges needed and to ensure that safety laws are observed.
Assemble and position equipment, explosives, and blasting caps in holes at specified depths, or load perforating guns or torpedoes with explosives.
Measure depths of drilled blast holes, using weighted tape measures.
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.
Verify detonation of charges by observing control panels, or by listening for the sounds of blasts.
Compile and keep gun and explosives records in compliance with local and federal laws.
Light fuses, drop detonating devices into wells or boreholes, or activate firing devices with plungers, dials, or buttons, in order to set off single or multiple blasts.
Set up and operate equipment such as hoists, jackhammers, or drills, in order to bore charge holes.
Set up and operate short-wave radio or field telephone equipment to transmit and receive blast information.
Insert waterproof sealers, bullets, and/or powder charges into guns, and screw gun ports back into place.
Observe odometers, weight indicators, and instrument panels in trucks in order to position guns at predetermined points in wells.
Connect gun chambers to electric detonating devices, and operate controls at panelboards, in order to detonate charges in guns or to ignite chemical charges.
Maintain inventory levels, ordering new supplies as necessary.
Tie specified lengths of delaying fuses into patterns in order to time sequences of explosions.
Signal hoist operators to lower torpedoes or sample-taking guns into wells and to raise equipment for sampling from blast holes after detonation.
Insert powder charges into chambers of sidewall sample-taking cylinders, and assemble cylinders, using special wrenches.
Cut specified lengths of primacord and attach primers to cord ends.
Lay primacord between rows of charged blast holes, and tie cord into main lines to form blast patterns.
Repair electrical instruments, using electricians' hand tools.
Obtain samples of earth from sidewalls of well boreholes, using electrically exploding devices.
Lower perforating guns into wells, using hoists; then use measuring devices and instrument panels to position guns in correct positions for taking samples.
Clean, gauge, and lubricate gun ports.
Wire loop pullers
Wire cutting tools
Wire cleaning brushes
Wheeled wire dispensers
Weighted tape measuresAll Tools
Tongue and groove pliers
Temperature data loggers
Surveyors leveling rods
Surface connector blocks
Short period delay detonators
Shock tube detonators
Seismic activity recorders
Right angle prisms
Remote firing devices
Remote blasting systems
Protective safety glasses
Protective ear plugs
Portable signal generators
Portable air compressors
Pneumatic drilling equipment
Phillips head screwdrivers
Phase rotation meters
Perforating casing guns
Perforating capsule guns
Non-electric delay detonators
Non-contact voltage testers
Long period delay detonators
Instantaneous electrical detonators
Hydraulic pressure gauges
Flashing warning lights
Fixed blade knives
Explosives time delay fuses
Explosives handling robots
Explosive blasting caps
End cutting pliers
Electronic shock tube initiators
Electrical circuit testers
Depth measurement gauges
Conduit bending tools
Bore hole thermometers
Blasting cap crimpers
Blast hole tubing
Ammonium nitrate fuel oil ANFO loaders
ESRI ArcGIS software
Blaster’s Tool and Supply Company Blaster’s Calculator
Datavis DBS Designer
Global positioning system GPS software
Quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Fine Manipulative Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Manual Dexterity
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering
Quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Psychomotor Abilities › Reaction Time and Speed Abilities › Reaction Time
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.
Law and Government
Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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.
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.
Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.