Profession shotfirer

Shotfirers set up and safely detonate explosives at a site in order to blast and break up in situ material.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Explosives

    Behaviour of explosives, pyrotechnics and blasting techniques. Associated risks and legal requirements.

  • Electricity

    Understand the principles of electricity and electrical power circuits, as well as the associated risks.


  • Signal for explosion

    Set safety perimeter and safety signalisation around blast area; ensure that blast site is clear and safe before explosions.

  • Examine prospective blast area

    Thoroughly examine explosion areas; determine the appropriate amount of explosives required; ensure compliance to safety regulations.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Make independent operating decisions

    Make immediate operating decisions as necessary without reference to others, taking into account the circumstances and any relevant procedures and legislation. Determine alone which option is the best for a particular situation.

  • Manage explosives in accordance with legislation

    Manage explosives in accordance with explosives law, including tracking and control of the magazine.

  • Connect blasting circuit

    Connect, inspect and test the blasting circuit.

  • Insert charges into drill holes

    Transport explosives and safely load explosives into drill holes.

  • Follow health and safety procedures in construction

    Apply the relevant health and safety procedures in construction in order to prevent accidents, pollution and other risks.

  • Safely detonate explosives

    Follow procedures in safely detonating explosives for mining purposes.

  • Examine area after blast

    Control blast area to check whether all explosives were safely detonated; declare blast area safe.

  • Report misfires

    Report misfires to relevant parties, such as the mine shift coordinator, legal inspection personnel, and the explosives manufacturer.

  • Check borehole depth

    Check the depth of boreholes; make sure that they are clean.

Optional knowledge and skills

report outcome of blast health and safety hazards underground impact of geological factors on mining operations provide first aid