Details Report for:
47-5031.00 - Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and 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.
Sample of reported job titles: Blaster, Explosive Technician, Powderman, Unexploded Ordnance Quality Control Officer
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings
Tools used in this occupation:
- Air compressors — Portable air compressors
- Ammeters — Digital ammeters
- Ammonium nitrate and fuel oil ANFO loading machinery — Ammonium nitrate fuel oil ANFO loaders
- Blaster tools — Blast hole tubing
- Blasting caps — Explosive blasting caps
- Cable reels — Wheeled wire dispensers
- Calibrated resistance measuring equipment — Resistance testers
- Calipers — Vernier calipers
- Capsule guns — Perforating capsule guns
- Cargo trucks — Stakebed trucks; Tractor-trailer trucks; Transport trucks
- Casing guns — Perforating casing guns
- Circuit tester — Electrical circuit testers; Fuse testers
- Completion bull plugs — Hole savers; Plastic plugs
- Compressed air gun — Avalaunchers
- Conduit benders — Conduit bending tools
- Core drills — Blasthole drills
- Cylinder gauge — Ring gauges
- Depth gauges — Depth measurement gauges
- Detonator box — Blasting machines; Remote blasting systems
- Detonators — Instantaneous electrical detonators; Remote firing devices; Shock tube detonators; Short period delay detonators (see all 6 examples)
- Dewatering pumps
- Dollies — Equipment dollies
- Ear plugs — Protective ear plugs
- End cut pliers — End cutting pliers
- Explosive initiators — Electronic shock tube initiators
- Explosive loading machinery spare parts or accessories — Loading poles
- Explosives fuses — Detonating cords; Safety fuses
- Fish tape — Wire loop pullers
- Flags or accessories — Stake flags
- Goggles — Safety goggles
- Grab hooks — Grappling hooks; Harpoon retrievers; Lowering hooks
- Hacksaw — Hacksaws
- Hard hats
- Hazardous materials cabinets — Day boxes
- Hoists — Hoisting equipment
- Industrial funnels — Explosives funnels
- Knife blades — Fixed blade knives
- Ladders — Extension ladders
- Levels — Torpedo levels
- Linemans pliers — Insulated pliers
- Longnose pliers
- Measuring rods — Surveyors leveling rods
- Mechanical balances — Balance scales
- Megohmmeters — Meggers
- Micrometers — Digital micrometers
- Multimeters — Digital multimeters
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Ohmmeters — Digital ohmmeters
- Open end wrenches — Crescent wrenches
- Pallet trucks — Pallet jacks
- Personal computers
- Phasemeters — Phase rotation meters
- Pick or place robots — Explosives handling robots
- Plumb bobs
- Pneumatic drill — Pneumatic drilling equipment
- Pneumatic hammer — Jackhammers
- Pocket knives — Folding knives
- Pressure indicators — Hydraulic pressure gauges
- Prisms — Right angle prisms
- Protective gloves — Coated gloves; Padded gloves
- Pull spring balances — Spring scales
- Radio frequency transmitters or receivers — Short-wave radios
- Rangefinders — Laser rangefinders
- Remote reading thermometers — Bore hole thermometers; Temperature data loggers
- Respirators — Protective respirators
- Rubber mallet — Rubber mallets
- Safety glasses — Protective safety glasses
- Safety harnesses or belts — Safety harnesses
- Scientific calculator — Digital calculators
- Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers
- Seismic recorders or seismographs — Seismic activity recorders
- Shears — Hand shears
- Signal generators — Portable signal generators
- Sirens — Warning sirens
- Special hoses — Discharge hoses
- Stonemason chisel — Hand chisels
- Stripping tools — Wire strippers
- Strobe or warning lights — Flashing warning lights
- Tampers — Tamping rods
- Tape measures — Weighted tape measures
- Tie down anchors — Tie-down equipment
- Time delay fuses — Explosives time delay fuses
- Tongue and groove pliers
- Track cranes — Overhead cranes
- Traffic cones or delineators — Safety cones
- Tweezers — Precision tweezers
- Two way radios — Mobile radios
- Utility knives — Electricians' knives
- Voltage or current meters — Digital voltmeters; Millivoltmeters; Non-contact voltage testers; Test lamps
- Wattmeters — Digital wattmeters
- Wedges — Wood wedges
- Wire brushes — Wire cleaning brushes
- Wire connectors — Surface connector blocks
- Wire cutters — Fuse cutters; Wire cutting tools
- Wire lug crimping tool — Blasting cap crimpers
- Workshop cranes — Portable cranes
Technology used in this occupation:
- Analytical or scientific software — Blaster's Tool and Supply Company Blaster's Calculator software; Datavis DBS Designer; DetNet ViewShot
- Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software
- Map creation software — ESRI ArcGIS software
- Mobile location based services software — Global Positioning System GPS software
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Drill holes in earth or rock.
- Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
- Prepare explosives for detonation.
- Direct construction or extraction personnel.
- Position safety or support equipment.
- Operate detonation equipment.
- Assemble products or production equipment.
- Load materials into construction equipment.
- Maintain extraction or excavation equipment.
- Pour materials into or on designated areas.
- Position construction or extraction equipment.
- Cut carpet, vinyl or other flexible materials.
- Mark reference points on construction materials.
- Clean equipment or facilities.
- Monitor extraction operations.
- Record operational or environmental data.
- Measure work site dimensions.
- Drive trucks or truck-mounted equipment.
- Signal equipment operators to indicate proper equipment positioning.
- Collect geological samples.
- Repair electrical equipment.
- Order construction or extraction materials or equipment.
|Title||Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed|
|Education||These occupations usually require a high school diploma.|
|Related 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.|
|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.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.|
|SVP Range||(4.0 to < 6.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|63||High school diploma or equivalent|
|8||Some college, no degree|
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
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Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2015)||$24.14 hourly, $50,210 annual|
|Employment (2014)||8,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Slower than average (2% to 4%)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||1,900|
|Top industries (2014)||
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction (45% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "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.