Also known as: Mining Shotfirer, Tunelling Shotfirer.

Mining Shotfirers assemble, position and detonate explosives to break or dislodge rock and soil or to demolish structures. Due to the nature of this work, a shotfirer's licence is required to demonstrate knowledge in and practical application of the safe assembly of detonation and explosive materials.


  • Check blasting areas to make sure that safety regulations are met;
  • Decide quantity of explosives required;
  • Insert detonators and charges into holes;
  • Connect and test or inspect the blasting circuit;
  • Fire charges;
  • Inspect area to make sure all explosives have detonated;
  • Declare the area safe; and
  • Check site safety after blasting (e.g. falling rock hazards, underground mine roof supports and harmful fumes).

Skills Required

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities;
  • Willing to adhere to safety requirements;
  • Physically fit;
  • Able to pass a medical examination;
  • Able to work in confined spaces, including underground;
  • Basic skills in mathematics and science; and
  • Able to pass a police check.


$70,000 - $115,000