Blaster in Charge

APPRENTICESHIP - NO

$17.00/ hour - $33.33/ hour

TRAINING

FUTURE OUTLOOK

At a glance

As a Blaster in Charge, your duties may include the following:
  • Drilling blast holes
  • Loading explosives in blast holes by hand, or directing bulk explosives trucks to load holes
  • Connecting electrical wires, detonating cords or fuses into series and connecting the series to blasting machines
  • Detonating charges
  • Conducting field tests to determine the type and quantity of explosives required
  • Directing the drilling of blast holes and determining the depth and diameter of blast holes
  • Handling, storing and transporting explosives and accessories
  • Reading and interpreting instructions or diagrams

Possible Career Path for a Blaster


Source: Blaster in Training (BIT) Intro Module (MCSC)

CAREER VIDEO(S)

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Source: Blaster in Training Promo Video (MCSC)


Source: OSSGA (Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association)

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Work environment

A Blaster may be employed in the following areas:

  • mining
  • quarrying
  • construction companies
  • drilling and blasting contractors

Source: http://www23.statcan.gc.ca/imdb/p3VD.pl?Function=getVD&TVD=122372&CVD=122376&CPV=7372&CST=01012011&CLV=4&MLV=4

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then a career as a Blaster in Charge may be right for you!

  • Are you strong and fit?
  • Are you a self-motivated learner?
  • Are you ready for a challenge?
  • Do you like working independently and as part of a team?
  • Are you motivated, self-reliant, dependable and responsible?
  • Do you like solving problems?
  • Do you enjoy travel and working outdoors?
  • Do you like working with machines?
  • Are you computer literate?

Source: Blaster in Training (BIT) Intro Module (MCSC)

Wages

According to jobbank.gc.ca, and their Labour Market Information for Manitoba, they list low, medium, and high wages for Power Engineers as the following:

LOW WAGE MEDIUM WAGE HIGH WAGE
$17.00/ hour (average in MB) $26.49/ hour (average in MB) $33.33/ hour (average in MB)

Source: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/search_occupation-eng.do...

Training

If you are still in high school, here are some suggested subject areas to study that could help prepare you for further training in this field. Please check if these courses are available at your school and/or whether they will meet your graduation requirements. Some examples may include the following:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science, Physics, Chemistry
  • Computers, Electronics & Communications Technology
  • Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Source: www2.careercruising.com (Explosives Specialist)


In 2015, Austin Powder Ltd. an Hugh Munro Construction Ltd (HMCL) approached Manitoba Construction Sector Council (MCSC) to develop a blaster in training program. The 10 modules were designed as an independent study program for the blaster working in remote regions of the province.

Entrance requirements to become a Blaster-in-Training:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Clear driver’s abstract
  • Clear criminal record
  • Letter of “Authorization to handle high hazard explosives”
  • Must be able to pass a drug test
  • Construction experience preferred

How does the program work?

As a Blaster in Training (BIT), you will need to complete on-the-job/ training program to meet the requirements for a Blaster-in-Training. It is a mentorship program, designed

  • to teach on-the-job skills combined with theory and learning exercises to increase your knowledge of blasting fundamentals. As the trainee,
  • ensure you learn from a Blaster-in-Charge, who will act as your mentor.
  • complete 10 modules, each focusing on a particular aspect of blasting
  • to prepare you to complete and pass the Manitoba Blaster’s Certificate Exam
10 Modules
Module 1: Safety on the Shot
Module 2: Products and Loading Practices
Module 3: Initiation and Timing
Module 4: Blast Calculations
Module 5: Blast Design and Blast Layout + MIDPOINT PERFORMANCE REVIEW
Module 6: “Environmental Effects”
Module 7: Blasting Regulations
Module 8: “Blast Report”
Module 9: “Blast Planning”
Module 10: “Special Applications”
FINAL PERFORMANCE REVIEW +

TRAINEE EVALUATION

Next Steps...
You are now ready to take the Manitoba Blaster’s Certificate Exam.

For information regarding scheduling for this certificate, visit the Safe Work Manitoba website: http://safemanitoba.com/blasters-course-registrati...

Source: Blaster in Training (BIT) Intro Module (MCSC)

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