7372 Drillers, Blasters, Surface Mining, Quarrying & Construction

The occupation of Drillers and Blasters is one of the recently added occupations under which an applicant can apply for immigrate to Canada. This occupation is mentioned in the list of 29 occupations which was recently introduced by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. All the mobile drilling machines which are used to bore blast holes in open-pit mines etc. are operated by drillers. All the blast holes are filled with explosives by blasters. They also detonate explosives for the purpose of dislodging coal, rock and ore etc.

Qualifying Criteria

  • The applicant must have completed high school or have a bachelor’s degree.
  • An applicant must have the relevant work experience of at least one year.
  • Overall, a person must have experience of around 2-4 years; actual number of years of experience to apply under this occupation is dependent on many factors such as whether the applicant is married and his English language skills.

Duties & Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities slightly vary for drillers and blasters. A driller is expected to drive and operate truck mounted rotary drilling and other machines used for drilling. They might have to measure the location and come up with a pattern for the holes to be drilled, loading the blast holes with explosives as well as detonating the explosives for dislodging coal etc.

On the other hand, a blaster is expected to lay out the pattern for the drill, find out the diameter and the depth of the blast holes as well as read the instructions and diagrams carefully. He has to connect wires, detonating cords into a series and connect them to the blasting machines, handling, storing as well as transporting explosives and accessories with respect to the regulations and so on.

Apart from the above, there are other chores that both the drillers and blasters might have to perform. Incase your occupation falls under this category and you qualify with the above eligibility criteria, contact us if you wish to immigrate to Canada. Write to us at [email protected] to start with your immigration process ASAP.

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