Drillers and blasters - surface mining, quarrying and construction

Drillers and blasters - surface mining, quarrying and construction

NOC
7372

Drillers bore blast holes in open-pit mines, quarries and building foundations. Blasters fill blast holes with explosives to detonate and dislodge coal, ore and rock or to demolish structures.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Undetermined
Undetermined

3 Year Job Openings

3
 

Median Hourly Wage

$29.00
$18.72
Low
$36.00
High

Median Salary

$49,548
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

43
 

% Working Full Time

100%
 

% Working Full Year

33%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Drillers 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.

Main Duties

Drillers in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Drive and operate tracked or truck-mounted rotary drilling, air-track or other drilling machines to bore large blast holes to specified depths at staked positions in open-pit mine or quarry
  • Operate drilling machines to drill blast holes in rock at road or other construction sites
  • Operate tracked or truck-mounted drill equipped with auger or other attachment to drill holes for building foundations or pilings
  • May measure location and stake out pattern of holes to be drilled, load blast holes with explosives and detonate explosives to dislodge coal, ore or rock.

Blasters in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Read instructions or diagrams, lay out drill pattern and determine depth and diameter of blast holes and conduct field tests to determine type and quantity of explosives required
  • Assemble or direct other workers to assemble primer charges using selected detonators, fuses, detonating cords and other materials
  • Load explosives in blast holes by hand or direct movement of bulk explosives trucks to load holes
  • Connect electrical wires, detonating cords or fuses into series and connect series to blasting machines; press handle or button to detonate charges
  • Handle, store and transport explosives and accessories in accordance with regulations and ensure that safety procedures are observed
  • May operate air-track, rotary, down-the-hole or other drilling machines to drill blast holes or may direct drilling of blast holes.

Also Known As

  • blaster - quarrying
  • blaster - surface mining
  • construction driller
  • driller - surface mine
  • open-pit blaster
  • rotary drilling machine operator
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • 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.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: No
  • Red Seal: No
Employment by Sex

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0.0%
Female
100.0%
Male
Employment by age

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15-24
40.0%
25-34
40.0%
35-44
0.0%
45-54
20.0%
55-64
0.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
62.5%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
0.0%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
37.5%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
0.0%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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60.0%
Construction
40.0%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
0.0%
N/A
0.0%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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0.00%
Northeast
37.50%
Southeast
37.50%
Southwest
25.00%
Central
0.00%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

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Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

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Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$49,548

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

N/A

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$49,548

Newfoundland

$60,641

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$32,307

Canada

$62,854
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

3
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

0
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

3
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

9
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

0
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

10