Shot Firers assemble, position and detonate explosives at mining or demolition sites.

    You can work as a Shot Firer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in shotfirer training might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Positions explosives in bore holes and primes explosives using detonators and explosive cartridges.
    • Connects wires, fuses and detonating cords to explosive cartridges and detonators, and detonates explosives.

    More about Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers

    All Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers

    • $2,500 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Shot Firers

    • 1,900 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 95% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 66 hours Average full-time
    • 37 years Average age
    • 5% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Shot Firers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 1,900 in 2011 to 1,900 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Shot Firers work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia and Queensland have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Mining; Manufacturing; and Construction.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (95%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 66 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 5% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Mining79.0
    Manufacturing12.5
    Construction3.2
    Public Administration and Safety1.7
    Other Industries3.6

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateShot FirersAll Jobs Average
    NSW19.831.6
    VIC4.025.6
    QLD29.820.0
    SA5.07.0
    WA39.110.8
    TAS1.62.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT0.21.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketShot FirersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.2-5.05.0
    20-244.5-9.39.3
    25-3435.4-22.922.9
    35-4431.9-22.022.0
    45-5420.1-21.621.6
    55-595.1-9.09.0
    60-642.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.6-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationShot FirersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree2.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV44.0-21.121.1
    Year 1222.3-18.118.1
    Year 116.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below17.3-12.512.5

    You can work as a Shot Firer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in shotfirer training might be helpful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • dangerous goods security card
    • shotfiring licence
    • working at heights ticket
    • forklift licence
    • national police check
    • first aid certificate
    • medical test

    Thinking about study or training?

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    Employers look for Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers who are reliable, committed to the job and have a good work ethic.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Public Safety and Security

      67% Skill level

      Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

    2. Mathematics

      58% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    3. Law and Government

      57% Skill level

      How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

    4. Mechanical

      57% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    5. Engineering and Technology

      55% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

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    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      100% Important

      How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

    2. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      98% Important

      How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

    3. Exposed to Hazardous Conditions

      97% Important

      How often do you work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals?

    4. Face-to-Face Discussions

      96% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    5. Responsible for Others' Health and Safety

      93% Important

      How responsible are you for the health and safety of others?

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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-5031.00 - Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters.

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