Tier and Detonator

Wire and detonate explosives in specified sequence.
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Salary Range
$30,000 – $64,000

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What do Tier and Detonators do?

Wires and detonates explosives in specified sequence to blast overburden in open pit copper mine: Lays main line of primacord between rows of charged blastholes and ties cord into main line to form blast pattern. Ties specified lengths of delaying fuses into pattern to time sequence of explosions. Connects blasting cap and flips switch on electronic blasting device to detonate charge upon signal from SUPERVISOR, BLASTING.


Should I be a Tier and Detonator?

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

  • How to become a Tier and Detonator

    Most Tier and Detonators 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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