7372 Drillers and blasters - surface mining, quarrying and construction
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Lead statementDrillers in this unit group operate mobile drilling machines to bore blast holes in open-pit mines and quarries and to bore holes for blasting and for building foundations at construction sites. Blasters in this unit group fill blast holes with explosives and detonate explosives to dislodge coal, ore and rock or to demolish structures. They are employed by mining, quarrying and construction companies and by drilling and blasting contractors.
- rotary drilling machine operator
- open-pit blaster
- construction blaster
- construction driller
- driller – surface mine
- Completion of secondary school is usually required.
- On-the-job training is provided.
- Experience as a heavy equipment operator may be required for drillers.
- Experience as a blaster helper in surface mining and quarrying or construction may be required for blasters.
- Provincial blasting licence is usually required for blasters.
- Trade certification for blasters is compulsory in Nova Scotia.
- Drillers and blasters often perform both drilling and blasting activities.
- Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
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