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EXPLOSIVES WORKERS, ORDNANCE HANDLING EXPERTS, AND BLASTERS
 
Occupation Description:
 
  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. Excludes “Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas" (47-5021) who may also work with explosives.
 
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Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Examine blast areas to determine amounts and kinds of explosive charges needed and to ensure that safety laws are observed.
  • Tie specified lengths of delaying fuses into patterns in order to time sequences of explosions.
  • Place safety cones around blast areas to alert other workers of danger zones, and signal workers as necessary to ensure that they clear blast sites prior to explosions.
  • 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.
  • Mark patterns, locations, and depths of charge holes for drilling, and issue drilling instructions.
  • Compile and keep gun and explosives records in compliance with local and federal laws.
 
Skills:
 
 
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times..
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action..
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one..
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly..
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems..
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others..
 
Knowledge:
 
 
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions..
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process..
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications..
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services..
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction..
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources..
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits..
 
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Education & Training:
 
  Long-term on-the-job training (more than 12 months)
 
License Authority for Blaster (Explosives License):  (License details)
 
  Department of Public Safety
Office of State Fire Marshall
Bureau of Licensing and Permits
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, CT   006457 -09294
(860) 685-8470
email: dps.feedback@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/dcs/

 
License Authority for Explosives, Vehicle Operator:  (License details)
 
  Department of Public Safety
Office of State Fire Marshall
Bureau of Licensing and Permits
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, CT   006457 -09294
(860) 685-8470
email: dps.feedback@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/dcs/

 
License Authority for Fireworks Shooter:  (License details)
 
  Department of Public Safety
Office of State Fire Marshall
Bureau of Licensing and Permits
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, CT   006457 -09294
(860) 685-8470
email: dps.feedback@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/dcs/

 
License Authority for Special Effects Shooter:  (License details)
 
  Department of Public Safety
Office of State Fire Marshall
Bureau of Licensing and Permits
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, CT   006457 -09294
(860) 685-8470
email: dps.feedback@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/dcs/

 
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