Shotfirers assemble, position and detonate explosives to break or dislodge rock and soil or to demolish structures.
Duties & Tasks
Shotfirers may perform the following tasks:check blasting areas to make sure that safety regulations are metestablish safe exclusion to control movement of personnel, livestock and vehicles around and on the blast areaapply basic geology to assist in blast design, and interpret and apply blast design principalscut channels under working facescheck bore-hole depths and ensure that they are cleancalculate quantity of explosives required to achieve desired resultinsert detonators and charges into holesconnect and test or inspect the blasting circuitfire chargesinspect the area to make sure all explosives have been detonatedmanage explosives magazine stock controlcheck site safety after blasting (falling rock hazards, underground mine roof supports and harmful fumes, for example), and declare the area safe.
Shotfirers may be required to work in remote areas and in conditions which may be dusty, hot and noisy. They may be required to work shifts.
- enjoy practical and manual activities willing to adhere to safety requirements able to lead and supervise a team able to accept responsibility able to cope with the physical demands of the job able to pass a medical examination able to work in confined spaces, including underground basic skills in mathematics and science.