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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.
blaster – surface mining, blaster, construction, driller, construction, foundation drill operator, open-pit blaster, open-pit driller, rotary drilling machine operator.
- 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.
- 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.
Outlook & Prospects for Drillers and Blasters – Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction in Chaudière-Appalaches Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Chaudière-Appalaches Region||<Not assigned>||2012-11-21|
Compared to other occupations, this is a relatively small occupational group in the local area with few and infrequent job opportunities.
Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2013
- The Produits de Bâtiment Résidentiel plant in St-Lambert-de-Lauzon just closed its doors. Approximately 40 employees worked there. The company has decided to move production to its plants that have a greater production capacity. (available in French only)
- AG-Bio Centre, the Lévis-based business incubator, just received funding from the Government of Canada. The organization¿s project should enable the creation of approximately 15 business start-ups and the possible creation of 30 jobs. (available in French only)
- La Cache à Maxime, in Scott, will become a mini conference centre, with the capacity to accommodate up to 500 persons. Approximately 40 new jobs will be created over the next five years and the 80 existing positions will be consolidated. (available in French only)
- Fromagerie Victoria, in Victoriaville, has just opened a new store on Lagueux road in Saint-Nicolas near Qu¿bec City. The investment is valued at more than $4M and has created 45 jobs.
- Pr¿vost Car, of Ste-Claire, is receiving an order for 55 vehicles from Greyhound. This news mean a callback of 55 employees on the spare list in addition to approximately 15 welders who may need to be hired (available in French only)
- Thetford Mines-based Continental Conveyor just declared a lockout, affecting 85 employees. Approximately 30 layoffs also took place over the past weeks. (available in French only)
- Company Les Chocolats favoris will expand in the next few years. At its 4 current branches, it plans to add 3 more in 2014, with one in St-Nicolas (Lévis). Each time, between 30 and 40 jobs will be created. (available in French only)
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