Shotfirers prepare, position and detonate explosives to dislodge rocks and soil. The work is predominantly outdoors and underground.
The job role suits someone who has strong concentration skills, excellent attention to detail and a good physical and medical fitness.
To become a shotfirer you usually have to obtain a license for the appropriate class of work, and demonstrate knowledge in and practical application of the safe assembly of detonation and explosive materials. Licenses are issued by the regulatory body in the State in which you reside. Training, work experience and supervision requirements may vary depending on the type of work you wish to carry out (for example, construction, mining or fireworks). To apply for a license to work with explosives, you must be at least 18 years of age, pass a National Police Check, and provide a medical report..