Powder Loader

Load explosives into blastholes.
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Salary Range
$30,000 – $64,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Powder Loaders do?

Loads explosives into blastholes to prepare for blasting overburden in open pit copper mine, working as member of crew: Measures depth of blasthole, using weighted tape measure, and consults SUPERVISOR, BLASTING to determine amount of explosives needed. Cuts specified lengths of primacord and attaches primer to end of cord. Lowers cord into hole and ties upper end to stake. Signals EXPLOSIVES-TRUCK DRIVER to drive truck into position near blasthole. Positions hopper funnel over hole and admits specified amount of explosives. Shovels drill cuttings to fill and tamp hole. Places safety cones around blast area to alert other workers.

Should I be a Powder Loader?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Powderman, Powder Worker

    How to become a Powder Loader

    Most Powder Loaders have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9adaaa&chl=no+college+%2867%25%29|certificate+%2829%25%29|associate%27s+%284%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,67,67
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