Blasting Techniques Curriculum

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

Accepting Applications for May 2018

See curriculum for: September 2018
Credential: Ontario College Certificate ( 2 semesters )
Classes begin:
May 07, 2018
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
SBL
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
International:
$8,776.97 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.
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Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

GEOL 68
Units/ Hours: 30

This course introduces students to various applications, operating theories, and working principles of hydraulic rock drills, air compressors and jack hammers. Safe work habits, cleanliness, organization, documentation, effective communication, and personal protective equipment will be stressed.

APST 80
Units/ Hours: 30

This field camp gives students the opportunity for practical hands-on experience with blasting in a highly supervised environment. Students will work on basic blasting applications and problems utilizing their skills and knowledge during Semester 1 of the program. Students will assist in designing a blast, executing a blast and recording the blast results.

GEOL 49
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces students to the basics of blasting including the characteristics and types of explosives and blasting agents, principles of blasting and the use and maintenance of blasting equipment. This course also covers the curriculum from the International Society of Explosives Engineers Level 1 certifications. Students will have the opportunity during the field camp portion of this course to practice the correct methods of using blast equipment, and to plan and load blast holes.

GEOL 50
Units/ Hours: 30

This course covers the Common Core training for Surface Miner as mandated by the Ministry of Labour. The student will also receive general WHMIS training. This course is required to work in a pit or quarry and is also applicable to work on a construction site.

COMM 129
Units/ Hours: 30

This course, designed specifically for student in the Blasting Techniques program, focuses on the development of fundamental reading, writing, speaking, observational and research skills within the context of program and work needs in the blasting field. Students will prepare and respond to a variety of technical documents, some with links to their other program courses, and in the process learn to apply rules of usage in keeping with professional and program standards. Assessment strategies will be tied closely to other first semester courses.

MATH 136
Units/ Hours: 30

This course will enable students to apply specific mathematical concepts and acquire foundation skills important in Blasting. It is designed to complement and reinforce learning within other first semester courses and includes applied operations an emphasis on the mathematics and calculations used in the field of blasting.

GEOL 51
Units/ Hours: 15

This course covers the identifying of various explosive materials by type, marking, and applications. It also includes the safety procedures required to handle these materials when inserting them into blast holes and detonation.

MECH 50
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces students to the operating characteristics, maintenance schedules, and repair of the many types of gasoline and diesel engines, pumps and air compressors found on drilling and accessory equipment. Particular emphasis will be placed on safety when working around equipment, and the proper selection and safe use of hand tools. Documentation of labs is encouraged through the use of a daily log or notebook.

LAWS 174
Units/ Hours: 45

This course emphasizes safety regulations and accompanying legislation for the correct handling, storage, and procedures with blasting equipment, explosives and their components, and tools. Proper equipment selection is stressed. Students will also develop a thorough understanding of the consequences of their actions on blast sites including responsibility and liability.

NATR 8
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will enable students to develop a personal position and direct their career path within the context of the environmental and natural resource industry. An integrated, community based learning approach will be used to identify and apply a personal understanding of leadership, sustainability and community in the context of natural resource sciences.

Semester 2

APST 81
Units/ Hours: 30

This second field camp gives students more opportunity for practical hands-on experience with blasting in a highly supervised environment. Students will work on more advanced blasting applications and problems utilizing their skills and knowledge from Semester 1 and parts of Semester II of the program. Students will design a blast, execute a blast and record the blast results.

COMM 130
Units/ Hours: 30

This course, designed specifically for student in the Blasting Techniques program, further develops the fundamental communications skills covered in Communications I. The focus is on the development of workplace communication skills, both individually and in teams, including employment communications.

Pre-Requisites
GEOL 54
Units/ Hours: 45

This course covers basic blasting operations in a wide variety of work sites with a concentration on applications in Quarries and on Construction sites. The course includes skills in survey methods for rock face conditions, layout patterns, and identifying three types of blasting cuts, and demonstrating the blasting techniques used in construction and at quarries. Upon completion of the course the students will have met the requirements for certification for the International Society of Explosives Engineers Level II.

NATR 93
Units/ Hours: 30

This course concentrates on the environmental impact of blasting. Students will learn about the negative impacts of uncontrolled blasting and the possible environmental effects. Using correct methods, students will learn how to control and minimize unwanted environmental factors associated with blasting.

GEOL 53
Units/ Hours: 45

In this course, students will learn to design a blast, plan, prepare and initiate a blast procedure. Students will also evaluate blast performance documenting the results correctly for a post-blast performance debrief. Students will consider various environmental and geological conditions that may affect the blast as well as weather considerations and impacts.

MATH 137
Units/ Hours: 30

This course will enable students to apply specific mathematical concepts and build on the foundation skills used in the field of blasting. It is designed to reinforce learning and build on blasting applications covered in Math and Trade Calculations for Blasting I.

MECH 50
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces students to the operating characteristics, maintenance schedules, and repair of the many types of gasoline and diesel engines, pumps and air compressors found on drilling and accessory equipment. Particular emphasis will be placed on safety when working around equipment, and the proper selection and safe use of hand tools. Documentation of labs is encouraged through the use of a daily log or notebook.

GEOL 75
Units/ Hours: 45

Rock Studies course expands on the identification of rocks and minerals. Engineering properties of rock will be taught, along with their association with blasting and drilling. Students will be introduced to Construction Drilling, develop skills in the identification of rocks and minerals, cover the basic principles of surface and structural geology and how these properties affect drilling and blasting and how the driller or blaster may adapt to various geological conditions.

NATR 8
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will enable students to develop a personal position and direct their career path within the context of the environmental and natural resource industry. An integrated, community based learning approach will be used to identify and apply a personal understanding of leadership, sustainability and community in the context of natural resource sciences.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

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