Position Information

The Blaster position performs daily blasting activities in accordance with blasting plans to achieve anticipated production. This position supports the direction of the Blasting Supervisor to include assembly, installation, detonation of charges and the reporting of blasting results. 
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Performs assigned blasting activities.
  • Identifies blast site problems and resolves with Blasting Supervisor, if necessary.
  • Verifies that pre-blast inspections have been conducted prior to blasting.
  • Performs all necessary pre-blast tests and seismograph setup as needed.
  • Places supply and material requests through Blasting Supervisor as needed.
  • Monitors the relationship between blast pattern and type of digging and reports results to Blasting Supervisor.
  • Documents use of explosives and completes required inventory and documentation.
  • Transport explosives across state lines as needed.
  • Completes field accounting reports and required trip manifest forms as needed.
  • Understands and follows all Company safety policies and practices.
  • Attends company meetings as required.
  • Participates in daily heads-up safety meetings.
  • Examines mass, composition, structure, and location of objects to be blasted.
  • Estimates amount and determines the kind of explosive to be used.  Notes and marks location of charge holes for drilling.
  • Checks depth of drilled holes for proper depth with weighted tape measure.
  • Assembles primer (blasting cap, fuse and booster charge if necessary) and places primer with main charge in hole or ear object to be blasted.
  • Covers charge with stemming stone or other material and tamps firm to improve detonation and confine force of blast. 
  • Handles and transports explosives and accessories to jobsite.
  • Reads and interprets instructions and diagrams relating to jobsite and assigned blasting project.
Position: Blaster
Organization: Maine Drilling and Blasting
Location: Gardiner,  ME 
United States
Posting Start Date: 3/8/2022
Date Posted: 3/8/2022
  • Exceptional attention to detail and task orientation.
  • High degree of collaborative skills and teamwork.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to adapt with high capacity for flexibility.
  • Ability to listen to, understand, and follow directions.
  • Strong commitment to a “Safety First” attitude.
Supervisory responsibilities:
  • None.
Work environment:
  • Standard workweek, although generally Monday through Friday, may vary because some jobs must continue non-stop until completion and/or to meet accepted project timetable.
  • Primary work is of a physical, manual labor nature and is outdoors in varying degree of weather elements, both cold and hot temperatures, depending on the seasons of the year and job locations.
  • Work closely with other team members to coordinate responsibilities and communicate progress.
Physical demands:
  • Prolonged periods of standing and walking, reaching, pushing, and lifting.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds, 30 – 40 percent of the time.
  • Stooping and bending 30 – 40 percent of the time.
  • Manual dexterity as needed to operate a variety of power tools, equipment and machinery.
  • Work on uneven and loose surfaces in varying weather conditions and/or environments.
  • Must be able to tolerate exposure to excess noise under strenuous working conditions.
  •  Out of town and state travel to worksites required as necessary.
Required education and experience:
  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Valid and state driver’s license with CDL and hazmat endorsement and is a Company-qualified driver (able to transport explosives across state lines) and has a good driving record as defined by the Company insurance carrier.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience working with drills and explosives.
  • Must have completed Blaster I training and will be required to complete Blaster II training.
  • Possess a valid Blasting Certificate in states that require the certification.
  • Must successfully pass a criminal background check with ATF.
  • Proficient in all areas of drill operations.
  • Thorough understanding of blasting techniques including blast design, loading holes, select and operate electric and non-electric detonators, grade and elevation readings, secure blast site.
  • Must be able to read, write and follow instructions of a precise nature with manuals, technical papers and tape measures.
  • Must have technical knowledge of worksite blueprints.
Preferred education and experience:
  • Four (4) years plus of prior job experience in industry.
  • MSHA certified.
Status: This listing expires on: 3/8/2023
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Organization Information
Maine Drilling and Blasting
PO Box 1140

Gardiner,  ME 04345
United States
(615) 466-0246
Tera Moss