Blasting Techniques Curriculum

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

Accepting Applications for May 2024

See curriculum for: May 2023 September 2023
Credential: Ontario College Certificate ( 2 semesters )
Classes begin:
May 06, 2024
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$4,055.86 per semester*
$9,865.12 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Vocational Learning Outcomes

  • Assist in selecting the correct explosive materials and accessories appropriate for the design and purpose of the blast.
  • Identify and maintain a safe and secure blast site.
  • Protect self, co-workers and the environment through the safe use, storage and disposal of materials and operation of equipment.
  • Perform a pre-blast assessment including the geological, physical characteristics and other environmental considerations of the proposed site.
  • Plan, design, and initiate a blast based on a pre-blast assessment.
  • Evaluate post-blast results using correct post-blast procedures.
  • Attain an equivalent to the Level One requirements of the in-school curriculum for the Surface Blaster Apprenticeship (278-B).
  • Drill a blasthole according to a given set of standards provided by the blasting engineer.
  • Safely operate, maintain, and troubleshoot drilling and blasting equipment.
  • Adhere to the Federal, Provincial, Municipal and companies' policies and regulations with regard to the safe storage, transportation, and handling of explosives and other blasting and drilling equipment.
  • Complete, correctly and in an efficient manner, all documentation, notes/records and reports as required in compliance with industry and government regulations and established policies and procedures.
  • Work effectively as a team member in a variety of challenging blasting environments demonstrating effective interpersonal and communication skills.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

Units/ Hours: 30

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

Units/ Hours: 72

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.

APST 154
Units/ Hours: 30

This course is designed to equip students with the skills needed for their work search and to develop and enhance career planning skills. Students will learn how to write competitive job search documents, interview with confidence, and will develop and use their career portfolio as a tool to identify and incorporate career goals into the job search process.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Semester 2

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

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.

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.

Units/ Hours: 72

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.

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.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course is an introduction to the study of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) peoples in Canada. Students will explore the complex historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The course will also guide students to begin to understand the diversity and depth of Indigenous societies, worldviews, and knowledge through a multi-disciplinary lens.

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.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.