Blast engineer

Blast engineer

Blast engineers clear the way for roads, construction and mining, blowing up rocks with perfectly planned explosions. Maths is really important for these engineers, helping them to demolish things safely.

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There’s more to being a blast engineer than just blowing stuff up (although creating explosions is definitely one of the most exciting things about this job!). Blast engineers are also problem solvers, thinking about what needs to be done on site and coming up with the ideal solution.

What's cool about being a blast engineer?

Helping architects and other engineers to build amazing structures like buildings and bridges

Overcoming tricky terrain with your epic problem solving skills

Explosions! Who wouldn’t want to blast things with dynamite for a living?

Subjects you'll need

As the job title suggests, blast engineers need engineering skills to suss out which type of blast will be best in a given scenario. Focus on maths at school to become an engineering expert, as well as chemistry and physics to gain practical knowledge of explosive materials.

Fun fact

In 2016, a massive controlled explosion was used to deal with rising flood waters in China, destroying a 3.7km dam with 27,000kg of dynamite. That’s roughly the same weight as five African elephants!

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