Shotfirer in the Mines - iMINCO Mining Training Information

Shotfirer in the Mines

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.


Shotfirer: $70,000 “Ē $115,000?Drill and Blast Engineer: $80,000 “Ē $115,000


The entry requirement for a Shotfirer is an AQF Certificate II or higher qualification or at least 1 years relevant experience

Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)

Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.

RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.

Find out more about RII Competencies here

You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.

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