How to become a Shotfirer

Shotfirers assemble, position and detonate explosives to break or dislodge rock and soil or to demolish structures.

Personal requirements of a Shotfirer

  • 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

Education & Training for a Shotfirer

To become a shotfirer you usually have to obtain a licence for the appropriate class of work. Training, work experience and supervision requirements may vary depending on the type of work you wish to carry out (construction, mining or fireworks, for example).

Additional Information
To be eligible to obtain a licence to work with explosives, you must be at least 18 years of age and pass a National Police Check.
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