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Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters

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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.

Key Competencies
* Attention to Detail
* Dependability
* Integrity
* Self Control
* Stress Tolerance
* Adaptability/Flexibility
* Initiative
* Cooperation
* Analytical Thinking
* Leadership

Representative Tasks
* Examine blast areas to determine amounts and kinds of explosive charges needed and to ensure that safety laws are observed.
* Place explosive charges in holes or other spots; then detonate explosives to demolish structures or to loosen, remove, or displace earth, rock, or other materials.
* Insert, pack, and pour explosives, such as dynamite, ammonium nitrate, black powder, or slurries into blast holes; then shovel drill cuttings, admit water into boreholes, and tamp material to compact charges.

Industry
Government

Job Family
Construction and Extraction

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