Occupation Profile for Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, 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.


$39,890.00 Median Annual Wage 0 Average Job Openings Per Year
4.5 Average Unemployment Percentage 62.9 Percentage That Completed High School
5,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 33.9 Percentage That Had Some College
5,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 0.0 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

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Blast Setter
Blasting Entry Specialist
Bomb Technician
Clay Miner, Blasting
Coal Miner, Blasting
Coal Shooter
Company Miner, Blasting
Contract Man, Blasting
Contract Miner, Blasting
Copper Miner, Blasting
Demolition Expert
Demolition Worker
Dobie Man
Dobie Worker
Dynamite Shooter
Efficiency Miner, Blasting
Entryman, Blasting
Explosive Expert
Explosive Man
Explosive Ordnance Handler
Explosive Ordnance Specialist
Explosive Specialist
Explosive Technician
Explosives Detonator
Fuse Cutter
Gang Miner, Blasting
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
Manager, Explosive Ordnance
Manager, Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Metal Miner, Blasting
Mica Miner, Blasting
Miner, Blasting
Muck Miner, Blasting
Nitro Man
Nitro Worker
Oil Well Gun Perforator Operator
Oil Well Shooter
Ordnance Artificer
Ordnance Handler
Ordnance Keeper
Ore Miner, Blasting
Perforator Loader
Perforator Operator
Perforator Operator, Oil Well
Pillar Man
Pillar Worker
Powder Loader
Powder Worker
Quartz Miner, Blasting
Sample Taker Operator
Seismograph Shooter
Shaft Sinker
Shale Miner, Blasting
Shooter, Seismograph
Shot Fireman
Shot Firer
Shot Hole Shooter
Shot Lighter
Shot Man
Silver Miner, Blasting
Skip Miner, Blasting
Stump Blower
Stump Shooter
Technician, Aircraft Ordnance
Technician, Explosive Ordnance
Tier and Detonator
Torpedo Man
Torpedo Shooter
Torpedo Worker
Tunnel Man
Tunnel Worker
Unexploded Ordnance Quality Control Officer
Velocity Shooter
Well Blower
Well Shooter
Zinc Miner, Blasting

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  • Mathematics — 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.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Core — Repair and service blasting, shooting, and automotive equipment, and electrical wiring and instruments, using hand tools.
  • Core — Measure depths of drilled blast holes, using weighted tape measures.
  • Supplemental — Set up and operate short-wave radio or field telephone equipment to transmit and receive blast information.
  • Core — Connect electrical wire to primers, and cover charges or fill blast holes with clay, drill chips, sand, or other material.
  • Supplemental — Insert waterproof sealers, bullets, and/or powder charges into guns, and screw gun ports back into place.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
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