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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 Lanaudière 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|
|Lanaudière Region||<Not assigned>||2012-11-23|
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 18 - Nov 22, 2013
- Brandon Truck Equipment in Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon is investing more than $500,000 into the design and completion of a new dump body. This project will maintain current employment levels, accounting for 21 employees. (available in French only)
- The new daycare, La Chenille, will soon be opening its doors in Saint-C¿me. This new facility will create around 10 new jobs (available in French only)
- L'Assomption's appliance manufacturer, ¿lectrolux, announced that its plant closure layoffs will begin in April 2014. This will affect 150 employees. Between 100 and 300 layoffs will then follow in May. (available in French only)
- Sports facility manufacturer Agora, of Terrebonne, will be building the seats for Qu¿bec City's new amphitheatre. This $6.3M project will generate new temporary jobs for the term of the contract. Agora currently has more than 20 people on its payroll. (available in French only)
- Cryos Technologies, an orthotics manufacturer in Joliette, has just moved into its new, more spacious location following a $2.5M investment. This expansion has allowed it to double its workforce to 44 people. (available in French only)
- The city of Repentigny will be investing $2.4M in 2014 for the construction of 6 clay tennis courts and a clubhouse at Maurice Richard park in the city's east end (available in French only)
- O'Sole Mio is investing $55M into the construction of a plant in Boisbriand to replace the current one. This new facility will create nearly 100 new jobs, adding to the 100 jobs currently in place. (available in French only)
- The Franck Majeau pharmacy in Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare is investing $700,000 to expand its establishment and purchase an automatic bagger for pharmaceuticals. This expansion will create two new jobs, adding to the 37 already in place. (available in French only)
- Petro-Canada began construction of a new service station with two car wash bays in the east end of Repentigny. This 4,000-square-foot facility should open its doors in February 2014. (available in French only)
- A new residential condominium development is being built in Notre-Dame-des-Prairies. The completed project will include 11 buildings of 4 condominiums each, which represents a $13M investment. (available in French only)
- Agrigatte, a designer and manufacturer of snow-pushers for snow removal, is investing in the acquisition of better production equipment, which will allow the company to create six new jobs by 2016 (available in French only)
- Door plant Masonite of Berthierville has announced the gradual closure of its establishment as of January 2014. The full closure is scheduled for March 2014. Production is being transferred to Chile. (available in French only)
- Private medical clinic, Clinique Le Gardeur, has invested in recent months into the expansion of its facilities in Repentigny, which has allowed the company to create new jobs (available in French only)
- Construction works on the Larkétype urban space, a $7M project, are almost complete. This commercial building will consist of businesses, professional offices and condominiums. (available in French only)
- Commission scolaire des Samares announced the construction of a new multi-sport complex in Joliette in 2014. This $16M project, which will include three soccer fields, should open its doors in 2015. (available in French only)
- Construction on the Montcalm scientific, sports and educational complex, Centre J.C. Perreault, will start in March 2014 in Saint-Roch-de-l¿Achigan. The $15M project will include two ice rinks and a research centre for athletic performance. (available in French only)
- Following the renewal of the police officers¿ collective agreement and the projected population growth, the city of Mascouche is planning on hiring eight new police officers in 2014 (available in French only)
- The ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux of the Lanaudière region will be able to hire 27 new family doctors in 2014: 13 positions will be created in the south of the region, 10 in the north, and 4 are already filled. (available in French only)
- Halte Chemin du Roy, a new gas station and convenience store, recently opened its doors in Lavaltrie. This new place of business enabled the creation of 30 new jobs. (available in French only)
- Terrebonne-based Groupe Consertek LM, specializing in telecommunications networks, will be setting up a network of 8 towers that collect meteorological data in Saguenay. This project, worth more than $700,000, will enable 8 new jobs to be created. (available in French only)
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