$70,000 – $115,000



  • Shotfirer
  • Drill and Blast Engineer

Job profile

A Shotfirer in the minerals industry assembles, positions and detonates explosives at mining sites to dislodge rock or soil.

Shotfirers in the minerals industry may perform the following tasks:

  • Inspect blasting areas and ensures observance of safety regulations.
  • Cut channels under working faces.
  • Check bore-hole depths and clean holes.
  • Place explosives into position.
  • Assemble primers using detonators and explosive cartridges, and attaches wires, fuses or detonating cords.
  • Tests electrical circuits and repairs malfunctions.
  • Ensures all explosives are detonated and declares areas safe.

A Shotfirer would suit someone who:

  • Enjoys practical and manual activities.
  • Is willing to adhere to strict safety requirements.
  • Is physically fit.
  • Can pass a medical examination.
  • Is able to work in confined spaces, including underground.
  • Has basic skills in mathematics and science.
  • Can pass a police check.


The entry requirement for a Shotfirer is an AQF Certificate II or higher qualification or at least 1 years relevant experience. Registration or licensing may be required.

Education and training

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Mineral Tertiary Education Council (MTEC) Supported Institutions

The Minerals Tertiary Education Council (MTEC) was set up in 1999 by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) to build a world-class tertiary learning environment. Through MTEC, member companies of MCA support a number of university partners offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in mining industry related disciplines - earth science (minerals geoscience), mining engineering and metallurgy.

All Universities

Graduates from mining related subjects are some of the most highly sought after professionals in the country.

VET Courses

Do you have an interest or skill in a particular subject? Vocational education and training can be part of an apprenticeship or traineeship, secondary school studies, or as part of an employment program.