Blasting Seminars Offered in Partnership with Mining Industry

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Please Note: Blasting Level 1 and Level 2 seminars have been cancelled as per the MNR’s request due to the current fire situation in the Kirkland Lake area.

The new training dates are scheduled for:

Blasting Level One: September 17 – 21, 2012
Blasting Level Two: September 24 – 26, 2012

For more information or to register, please contact Glenna Johnston at 567-9291, extension 3624.

KIRKLAND LAKE, ON:In light of the increasing mining activity in the area, Northern College’s Apprenticeship, Community & Corporate Training Division and the Haileybury School of Mines are working to provide high-quality training for the industry.

In partnership with the Northern Prospectors Association, Queenston Mining and Nordex Explosives Ltd, two Blasting Techniques seminars are being offered to prospectors, construction companies and personnel involved with handling explosives. Both seminars will be delivered by Pat O’Connell, a well-known Master Blaster from Proconsul Mining Associates and will be held at the Northern College Kirkland Lake campus.

The Level 1 seminar will be taking place May 28th to June 1st and the Level 2 seminar will be held June 4th to 6th. The objectives of the Level 1 seminar are to provide training on the steps required to work safely with explosive materials and will also include a review of regulations surrounding the legal implications in today’s post 9/11 reality. It will familiarize participants with various types of explosives (electrical and non-electrical blasts) and introduce participants to the planning process of a blast site. This seminar will be offered in a 5-day format with 2.5 days of theory and 2.5 days of practical blasting techniques at the Queenston Mine property near Dobie.

The Level 2 seminar will review the basic principles demonstrated in Level 1. The main focus will involve electric millisecond delay detonators and various techniques in blast design and their calculations. The Level Two seminar will be held over 3 days with 1.5 days of field work at another site at the Queenston Mine property.

Pat O’Connell is a seasoned professional with an extensive mining background in management, production, training, and research and development. He has taught in South Africa, the United States of America, throughout Canada and is presently a consultant providing hands-on technical services to customers in North America, South Africa, Asia, Europe, Russia and Greenland.

For more information or to register, please contact Glenna Johnston at 567-9291, extension 3624.

Media Contact:
Rose-Lyne D’Aoust-Messier
Training Consultant
Northern College
705-567-9291 Ext. 3638