Also known as an Explosive Ordnance Handler or Blast Setter, the main responsibility of a blaster is to place and detonate explosives. They usually work on building demolition projects, loosening rocks and other structures to displace them or dislodge minerals from them. Blasters work under potentially dangerous conditions and handle heavy equipment and machinery. You will test surfaces in quarries, underground mines, and buildings to examine their strength and determine the right amount and type of explosive to use on them. You will also mark target areas for the blast and drill holes to be packed with explosives. The blaster is in charge of compacting a charge, connecting wires to explosives, and detonating them.
To become a blaster, you need a high school diploma or GED. An apprenticeship program or on-site training is also needed to get the experience needed to perform the responsibilities of this role. Blasters must be highly knowledgeable in handling explosives and should be good at working safely with the mechanisms involved. Blasters earn an average hourly income of $17.23 per hour or $31,823 yearly.