The occupation of Drillers and Blasters is one of the newly added occupations under which a candidate can submit an application for immigration to Canada. This profession is mentioned in the list of 29 occupations which was freshly 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 explosion holes are filled with explosives by blasters. They also explode explosives for the intention of dislodging coal, rock and ore etc.
Qualifying Criteria of 7372 Drillers & Blasters – Surface Mining, Quarrying & Construction:
•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.
Skills & Responsibilities of 7372 Drillers & Blasters – Surface Mining, Quarrying & Construction:
The skills and responsibilities somewhat vary for drillers and blasters. A driller is likely to drive and operate truck mounted rotary drilling and other machines used for drilling. They may have to determine the location and come up with a prototype for the holes to be drilled, loading the blast holes with explosives in addition to detonating the explosives for dislodging coal and the like.
Conversely, a blaster is expected to outline the pattern for the drill, find out the diameter and the depth of the explosion holes in addition to read the instructions and diagrams cautiously. He has to attach wires, detonating cords into a series and attach them to the blasting machines, handling, storing in addition to transporting explosives and accessories with respect to the regulations and the like.