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.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $47,310.00
Average Time to Fill 0 days
Typical Education High school equivalency
Typical Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 888
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 3.01 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Critical Thinking
Following Directions
Resource Management
Technology and Tool Usage
Work Ethic
Oral Communication
Written Communication
Math Application

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Performing General Physical Activities

Load/Unload containers, materials, or products
Move materials, equipment, or supplies
Stack containers, materials, or products
Operate jackhammer in accordance with safety regulations
Assemble temporary equipment or structures
Pour materials into or on designated areas
Install glass in windows, skylights, or other structural surfaces
Install storm, sanitation, or water piping systems above and below ground
Install prefabricated building components
Build structures in construction, repair, or manufacturing setting
Install siding or sheeting materials
Install drywall, plasterboard, or wallboard
Construct wooden frameworks or structures
Install construction support structures such as lathing, back up frames, or metal studs
Install shock-absorbing or acoustical paneling or tiles on wall or ceiling
Load/Unload materials or equipment
Dig holes or trenches
Erect supports and hangers for equipment and piping
Install wooden structural components such as sub flooring, rough framing, or partitions
Mark reference points or cutting lines on workpieces
Repair prefabricated wooden building components
Lay masonry material such as brick, block, paver, stone, or tile
Repair cracks, defects, or damage in installed building materials
Build masonry structures including kilns or furnaces
Install sheet metal assemblies in supportive framework
Install roofing materials such as shingles, tile, slate, or asphalt
Install environmental sustainability structural components, equipment, or systems
Erect scaffold on work site
Install interior wood fixtures such as doors, floors, window frames, trim, or stairs
Move heavy objects in construction, extraction, or mining settings
Apply plaster, stucco, or joint compound mixtures to walls or ceilings
Remodel residential or commercial structures
Perform concrete fabrication
Protect structures or surfaces near work areas to avoid damage
Repair wooden frameworks or structures
Finish concrete surfaces
Remove existing insulation such as asbestos
Anchor wooden structures, frameworks, or forms
Position construction forms or molds
Load shipments, belongings, or materials
Load/Unload materials used in construction or extraction
Erect machinery in marine or maritime setting
Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed
Load/Unload passenger luggage or cargo
Clean building walls or flooring
Decontaminate equipment or sites to remove hazardous or toxic substances
Clean surfaces in preparation for work activities
Clean work sites
Attach moisture barrier sheeting over construction surfaces
Place radioactive waste in disposal containers
Remove debris or damaged materials
Identify production related safety procedures
Remove worn, damaged, or outdated materials from work areas
Prepare work environment to assure proper ventilation and personal protection

Handling and Moving Objects

Prepare explosives for detonation
Drill holes in earth or rock for activities such as blasting
Package goods for shipment or storage
Prepare building surfaces for paint, finishes, wallpaper, or adhesives
Polish stone or concrete using a surfacing machine
Prepare sites or surfaces for concrete, masonry, or related construction work
Direct human or vehicle traffic
Don/Doff construction, extraction, or mining related Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Set-up production equipment or machinery
Set-up heavy construction equipment
Position safety or support equipment
Move goods in and out of inventory
Store items
Cut masonry material such as stone, tile, or brick
Cut construction material
Sand metal or plastic surfaces in construction settings
Level bedding or foundation made of sand, dirt, concrete, gravel, or crushed rock
Compact materials to create level bases
Spread aggregate mixtures such as concrete
Stock supplies or merchandise
Assemble electronic, electrical, or electromechanical equipment
Mix masonry materials such as mortar, grout, slurry, or concrete
Dismantle equipment or temporary structures
Assemble equipment or components
Set-up equipment for demonstrations or presentations
Position construction or extraction equipment
Align machines or equipment to ensure positioning and levelness for work
Position structural components
Drill holes in construction materials
Perform basic carpentry
Build construction forms or molds
Wrap products for preservation, protection, safety, and stability
Mix substances and compounds for general construction activities
Mix substances and compounds for painting or paperhanging
Position material handling equipment
Install building fixtures
Install/Remove finish hardware such as locks or hinges
Install attachments to machinery or related structures
Package materials for transport
Control traffic to increase traffic flow or increase safety
Operate pipe fitting equipment
Operate portable hand spray equipment
Adjust mechanical equipment
Apply adhesives, caulking, or sealants
Apply protective sealants or coatings
Install parts, assemblies, or attachments in transportation or material handling equipment
Perform basic plumbing
Install water or sewer treatment plant equipment
Construct electrical parts or fixtures
Apply material to fill gaps in surfaces

Monitoring and Controlling Resources

Maintain inventory of office supplies
Monitor inventories of products or materials
Maintain inventory records
Manage allocation or utilization of material resources
Inventory stock to ensure adequate supplies
Maintain inventory of office equipment or furniture
Manage inventories or supplies
Maintain parts or equipment inventory
Maintain product inventory
Inventory items to be reordered or returned
Manage inventories of organizational resources
Order supplies, materials, or equipment
Monitor currency, coin, or checks in cash drawer
Maintain escrow account
Requisition stock, materials, supplies, or equipment
Manage operational budgets
Track organizational funding using standard accounting practices
Maintain travel expense accounts
Process organizational financial transactions
Collect deposits, payments, funding, or fees
Develop operational budgets
Collect overdue bills
Acquire supplies or equipment
Administer educational, research, or work related grants
Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources
Manage program or project budgets
Issue supplies, materials, or equipment
Disburse funding for invoices, accounts payable, bills, and debts
Distribute sales proceeds or commissions

Documenting/Recording Information

Maintain personnel records
Record operational or environmental data
Maintain transportation records
Maintain operational records, files, or reports
Record production data
Maintain shipping records
Maintain record of expenses
Maintain file of job openings
Maintain job descriptions
Record shipping information
Maintain customer and account records
Record student progress
Document organizational or operational procedures
Maintain Health, Safety, or Environmental (HSE) records
Maintain financial records
Record geological data
Maintain educational records
Prepare financial reports
Prepare billing statements
Record details of deliveries or shipments
Prepare tax returns
Prepare records of customer charges
Prepare financial documents
Prepare reports detailing student activities or performance
Prepare documentation for contracts, transactions, or regulatory compliance
Write administrative procedures services manual
Prepare forms or applications
Prepare corporate minute books
Prepare investigation, accident, or incident reports

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Implement freight shipping or storage procedures
Detonate blasting charges for construction or extraction work
Charge blasting holes with explosives
Implement company or staff policies
Operate detonation equipment
Discharge workers using employee dismissal guidelines
Follow mining related safety procedures and regulations
Implement transportation changes to reduce environmental impact
Follow transportation, shipping, or material moving safety procedures and regulations
Terminate personnel or staff employment
Terminate contractor employment
Follow safety procedures and regulations in industrial, production, or manufacturing environments
Route freight shipments
Implement employee bargaining agreements
Follow construction related safety procedures and regulations
Follow safety procedures for vehicle operation
Terminate vendor relationships
Edit documents for completeness, accuracy, or conformance to standards
Execute employee bargaining agreements
Recommend personnel actions such as promotions, transfers, and dismissals
Resolve personnel problems
Implement organizational process or policy changes
Approve expenditures
Resolve operational shipping or transportation issues
Authorize construction activities
Identify best itinerary based on knowledge of routes
Determine project implementation methods and procedures
Solve workplace administrative problems
Determine administrative policies or standards

Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information

Measure layout for construction projects
Measure work site or construction dimensions
Estimate project labor requirements
Employ weighing or measuring devices in transportation
Measure items or parcels
Estimate project or production material requirements
Determine amount or kind of explosive needed to complete job
Perform extraction or mining related measurements
Determine locations, angles, and depths of blast holes or other related drill sites
Estimate delivery dates
Measure tile or masonry materials
Verify levelness or alignment of construction structures
Estimate project costs
Determine distances between two points
Determine work priorities and requirements
Calculate costs of goods or services
Calculate shipping costs
Measure wall covering material
Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly
Estimate demand for products or services
Determine resource needs
Determine project parameters or specifications
Prepare cost estimates
Weigh office, administrative, or clerical products or materials
Weigh products or materials to be moved or transported
Calculate grades and elevations
Bid work projects
Estimate travel rates or expenses

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

Direct material handling or moving activities
Oversee activities related to dispatching, routing, or tracking transportation vehicles
Oversee marine cargo handling
Direct passenger or freight transport activities
Manage waste removal and recycling programs
Manage individual and organizational contracts
Manage handling of hazardous, toxic, or non-compliant materials
Coordinate shipping activities with external parties
Supervise transportation, shipping, or material moving personnel
Coordinate operational activities
Direct construction or extraction personnel
Assign work to staff or employees
Generate work orders
Manage site preservation plan
Manage building maintenance projects
Manage interdepartmental programs or initiatives
Manage organizational or program policies
Oversee testing or construction of prototype
Prepare hazardous waste for processing or disposal
Direct construction activities
Supervise construction related personnel or contractors
Direct construction of mine shafts or tunnels
Direct natural resources extraction or mining projects
Supervise maintenance workers
Supervise student research or internship work
Direct scientific research or investigative studies

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Monitor transportation operations to ensure compliance with regulations or standards
Monitor loading processes to ensure procedural compliance
Ensure compliance with polices or regulations
Monitor performance of others
Monitor repairs or maintenance to enforce standards
Monitor construction operations
Monitor contract performance
Monitor regulatory compliance
Monitor activities of individuals to ensure safety or compliance with rules
Monitor drilling, mining, or other extraction operations
Monitor financial performance
Ensure conformance to building regulations
Measure internal and external transportation, delivery, or distribution performance
Monitor public transportation and transit systems operation
Examine financial records to ensure compliance with policies or regulations
Manage security for visitors or employees
Monitor credit extension decisions
Monitor project risk mitigation plan
Monitor project scope guidelines
Maintain safe work environment
Monitor financial information
Monitor work environment to ensure safety or adherence to specifications
Monitor student classroom activities
Monitor operation of drilling equipment
Track facility costs
Monitor organizational procedures for usefulness or potential updates
Monitor transportation or shipping related equipment operation to detect problems
Detect installation, maintenance, or repair concerns by listening for abnormalities

Training and Teaching Others

Prepare operational reports or presentations
Orient new employees
Train transportation or material moving personnel
Train construction or extraction personnel
Prepare educational reports or presentations
Develop educational presentations
Prepare tests
Develop instructional materials
Organize educational material or ideas
Demonstrate construction procedures to teach new skills
Prepare Health, Safety, or Environmental (HSE) reports
Train others in the use of transportation, shipping, or material moving equipment
Develop lesson, course, or training objectives
Develop educational and instructional programs
Train others in the use of construction or extraction related equipment
Prepare audio-visual teaching aids
Update instructional or educational curricula
Select method of instruction
Select teaching materials
Train installation, maintenance, or repair personnel
Evaluate student performance
Teach post-secondary courses
Evaluate students for needs, skills, or educational potential
Monitor student progress
Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress
Teach work related or interest-based courses
Guide class discussions
Adapt course of study to meet student needs
Update knowledge of formal and informal learning activities

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards

Inspect shipments or cargo against shipping papers
Compare shipment contents to records
Evaluate compliance of loaded cargo to regulations or specifications
Review records for accuracy and completeness
Verify completeness or accuracy of data
Verify bank or financial transactions
Verify signatures for financial transactions
Detect discrepancies in records or reports
Verify accuracy of financial or transactional data
Verify logistics information or specifications
Receive shipments
Proofread documents, records, or other files to ensure accuracy
Verify information for credit investigations
Verify accuracy of records
Examine permits or licenses to ensure compliance with requirements
Maintain prescribed safe radiation levels
Dispose of hazardous materials and waste

Getting Information

Review transportation, shipping, or material moving work orders
Review schedules to obtain cargo loading information
Review traffic routing or control plans
Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures
Review transportation related codes and specifications
Review construction, extraction, or mining related work orders
Review construction blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements
Read work orders to determine material or setup requirements
Interpret information from diagrams, blueprints, schematics, or technical drawings
Review maps to determine location or routes
Review office, administrative, or clerical work orders
Review switching or train orders
Review arrival or departure schedules
Read operating, service, or repair manuals
Review installation, maintenance, or repair codes and specifications
Search files, databases, or reference materials to obtain needed information
Request reports or records
Research topics for educational media productions
Collect education or training related data
Evaluate environmental impact of operational or development activities
Conduct geological surveys
Conduct atmospheric research
Survey land or properties
Investigate customer complaints

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