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Drillers, miners and shot firers

Drillers, miners and shot firers assemble, position and operate drilling rigs and mining plant, and detonate explosives to extract materials from the earth and demolish structures.

What is plant?

'Plant' is a general name for any machinery, equipment, appliance, implement or tool and any component, fitting or accessory. It can include things as diverse as presses in a foundry, underground drill jumbos in mining and photocopiers in an office.

What do drillers, miners and shot firers do?

  • dismantle, move and reassemble and monitor drilling rigs and plant
  • perform minor maintenance and repairs, lubricate, clean and operate surface and underground mining plant
  • development work such as opening up new shafts, drives, air vents, rises and crib rooms
  • connect wires, fuses and cords to explosive cartridges and detonators, and detonate explosives
  • take samples of ore, liquids and gases and package them
  • record performance details and information obtained from wells, and keep logs detailing operations


projected job openings


qualified full-time wage


employed full-time

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