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Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters

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.   (O'Net 47-5031.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Aircraft Ordnance Technician, Ammunition and Explosives Handler, Blast Setter, Blaster, Blasting Clay Miner, Blasting Coal Miner, Blasting Contract Man, Blasting Contract Miner, Blasting Entry Specialist, Blasting Entryman, Blasting Gang Miner, Blasting Miner, Bomb Technician, Charger, Coal Shooter, Company Miner, Blasting, Copper Miner, Blasting, Demolition Expert, Demolition Worker, Demolitionist, Dobie Man, Dobie Worker, Driftman, Dynamite Shooter, Dynamiter, Efficiency Miner, Blasting, Explosive Expert, Explosive Man, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Manager, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, Explosive Ordnance Handler, Explosive Ordnance Manager, Explosive Ordnance Specialist, Explosive Ordnance Technician, Explosive Specialist, Explosive Technician, Explosives Detonator, Explosives Handler, Explosives Worker, Firer, Fuse Cutter, Gold Miner, Blasting, Gun Perforator, Gun Perforator Loader, Hard Rock Miner, Blasting, High Scaler, Hydraulic Miner, Blasting, Iron Miner, Blasting, Lead Miner, Blasting, Lode Miner, Blasting, Metal Miner, Blasting, Mica Miner, Blasting, Miner, Muck Miner, Blasting, Nitro Man, Nitro Worker, Oil Well Gun Perforator Operator, Oil Well Perforator Operator, Oil Well Shooter, Ordnance Artificer, Ordnance Handler, Ordnance Keeper, Ore Miner, Blasting, Perforator, Perforator Loader, Perforator Operator, Pillar Man, Pillar Worker, Powder Loader, Powder Worker, Powderman, Quartz Miner, Blasting, Robber, Sample Taker Operator, Seismograph Shooter, Shaft Sinker, Shale Miner, Blasting, Shooter, Shot Fireman, Shot Firer, Shot Hole Shooter, Shot Lighter, Shot Man, Shotblaster, Silver Miner, Blasting, Skip Miner, Blasting, Stump Blower, Stump Shooter, Tier and Detonator, Torpedo Man, Torpedo Shooter, Torpedo Worker, Tunnel Man, Tunnel Worker, Unexploded Ordnance Quality Control Officer, Unexploded Ordnance Quality Control Worker, Velocity Shooter, Well Blower, Well Shooter, Zinc Miner, Blasting
 
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    Wages
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    Employment Trends
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    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Mining (except oil and gas) 25.5%
    Federal government, all industries 19.4%
    Support activities for mining 19.0%
    Architectural, engineering, and related services 6.5%
    Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods 6.0%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters  updated June 2006
     


    Knowledge
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  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters  updated June 2006
     


    Skills
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
     
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to 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).
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters  updated June 2006
     


    Work Activities
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  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters  updated June 2006
     


    Interests
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters  updated June 2006
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Blaster/Explosives Vermont Department of Public Safety
    Attn: Explosive Licensing
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters  updated June 2006
     


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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Blasting/Blaster.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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