Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters
SOC: 47-5031.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
8,100 employed

Projected (2024):
8,400 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate 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


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    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.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job 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.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • Assemble and position equipment, explosives, and blasting caps in holes at specified depths, or load perforating guns or torpedoes with explosives.
  • Verify detonation of charges by observing control panels, or by listening for the sounds of blasts.
  • Move and store inventories of explosives, loaded perforating guns, and other materials, according to established safety procedures.
  • 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.
  • Drive trucks to transport explosives and blasting equipment to blasting sites.
  • Cut specified lengths of primacord and attach primers to cord ends.
  • Maintain inventory levels, ordering new supplies as necessary.
  • Set up and operate equipment such as hoists, jackhammers, or drills, in order to bore charge holes.
  • Repair and service blasting, shooting, and automotive equipment, and electrical wiring and instruments, using hand tools.
  • 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.
  • Clean, gauge, and lubricate gun ports.
  • Connect gun chambers to electric detonating devices, and operate controls at panelboards, in order to detonate charges in guns or to ignite chemical charges.
  • Lower perforating guns into wells, using hoists; then use measuring devices and instrument panels to position guns in correct positions for taking samples.
  • Insert powder charges into chambers of sidewall sample-taking cylinders, and assemble cylinders, using special wrenches.
  • Obtain samples of earth from sidewalls of well boreholes, using electrically exploding devices.
  • Signal hoist operators to lower torpedoes or sample-taking guns into wells and to raise equipment for sampling from blast holes after detonation.
  • Observe odometers, weight indicators, and instrument panels in trucks in order to position guns at predetermined points in wells.
  • Repair electrical instruments, using electricians' hand tools.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Ammonium nitrate fuel oil ANFO loaders
  • Avalaunchers
  • Balance scales
  • Blast hole tubing
  • Blasthole drills
  • Blasting cap crimpers
  • Blasting machines
  • Bore hole thermometers
  • Clinometers
  • Coated gloves
  • Conduit bending tools
  • Crescent wrenches
  • Day boxes
  • Depth measurement gauges
  • Detonating cords
  • Dewatering pumps
  • Digital ammeters
  • Digital calculators
  • Digital micrometers
  • Digital multimeters
  • Digital ohmmeters
  • Digital voltmeters
  • Digital wattmeters
  • Discharge hoses
  • Electrical circuit testers
  • Electricians' knives
  • Electronic shock tube initiators
  • End cutting pliers
  • Equipment dollies
  • Explosive blasting caps
  • Explosives funnels
  • Explosives handling robots
  • Explosives time delay fuses
  • Extension ladders
  • Fixed blade knives
  • Flashing warning lights
  • Folding knives
  • Forklifts
  • Fuse cutters
  • Fuse testers
  • Galvanometers
  • Grappling hooks
  • Hacksaws
  • Hand chisels
  • Hand shears
  • Hard hats
  • Harpoon retrievers
  • Hoisting equipment
  • Hole savers
  • Hydraulic pressure gauges
  • Instantaneous electrical detonators
  • Insulated pliers
  • Jackhammers
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser rangefinders
  • Loading poles
  • Long period delay detonators
  • Longnose pliers
  • Lowering hooks
  • Meggers
  • Millivoltmeters
  • Mobile radios
  • Non-contact voltage testers
  • Non-electric delay detonators
  • Overhead cranes
  • Padded gloves
  • Pallet jacks
  • Perforating capsule guns
  • Perforating casing guns
  • Personal computers
  • Phase rotation meters
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Plastic plugs
  • Plumb bobs
  • Pneumatic drilling equipment
  • Portable air compressors
  • Portable cranes
  • Portable signal generators
  • Precision tweezers
  • Protective ear plugs
  • Protective respirators
  • Protective safety glasses
  • Remote blasting systems
  • Remote firing devices
  • Resistance testers
  • Right angle prisms
  • Ring gauges
  • Rubber mallets
  • Safety cones
  • Safety fuses
  • Safety goggles
  • Safety harnesses
  • Seismic activity recorders
  • Shock tube detonators
  • Short period delay detonators
  • Short-wave radios
  • Spring scales
  • Stake flags
  • Stakebed trucks
  • Surface connector blocks
  • Surveyors leveling rods
  • Tamping rods
  • Temperature data loggers
  • Test lamps
  • Tie-down equipment
  • Tongue and groove pliers
  • Torpedo levels
  • Tractor-trailer trucks
  • Transport trucks
  • Vernier calipers
  • Warning sirens
  • Weighted tape measures
  • Wheeled wire dispensers
  • Wire cleaning brushes
  • Wire cutting tools
  • Wire loop pullers
  • Wire strippers
  • Wood wedges
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Blaster's Tool and Supply Company Blaster's Calculator software
  • Datavis DBS Designer
  • DetNet ViewShot
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Global Positioning System GPS software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word


  • construction and extraction


    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580