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Sandblaster

Sandblasters operate high powered equipment to etch, clean, smooth or shape hard surfaces. For example, they may blast glass, rock or metal with fine abrasive particles.

  • Avg. Salary $44,799.00
  • Avg. Wage $21.17
  • Minimum Education At least Grade 10
  • Outlook avg
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Lower
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

63%
63%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Sandblaster is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Sandblasters
NOC code: 6662.4
OBJECTIVE

Interest in operating sandblasting, pressurized steam and hydroblasting equipment

METHODICAL

Interest in comparing to inspect surfaces for dust, dirt, grease and other deposits; and in cleaning building exteriors and other surfaces

directive

Interest in selecting appropriate sandblasting equipment and techniques

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Stone Forming and Finishing Workers
NOC code: 9414.4
OBJECTIVE

Interest in operating machines to grind and polish surfaces of stone blocks, slabs and other stone products to specific shapes and designs, and to produce smooth finishes; in finishing stone products with spray paint and in mounting plaques and installing concrete bases

METHODICAL

Interest in copying information to operate blade and wire saws to cut blocks of stone to specified dimensions, and to operate machines to drill holes in blocks and slabs of stone according to specifications

innovative

Interest in operating sandblasting equipment to cut inscriptions and decorative designs on monument stones

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Labourers in Metal Fabrication
NOC code: 9612
METHODICAL

Interest in comparing information to clean work areas and equipment; and in loading and unloading vehicles using hand carts and dollies

OBJECTIVE

Interest in operating metal-cleaning equipment such as wheelabrators, deburrers and shotblasters to remove excess welds, rust, scale and other material from surfaces of metal parts, castings and other metal products

innovative

Interest in sorting metal sheets and parts, scrap metal and other materials

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Duties
Updated Feb 28, 2017

Sandblasters may work in a variety of areas:

  • Stone forming and finishing workers grind and polish surfaces of stone blocks, slabs or other stone products to specific shapes or designs and to produce smooth finishes. They also cut inscriptions or decorative designs in stone monuments.
  • Labourers in metal fabrication operate metal cleaning equipment such as wheelabrators, deburrers and shotblasters to remove excess welds, rust, scale and other unwanted material from metal products such as parts and castings.
  • Specialized cleaners use sandblasting, pressurized steam or hydroblasting equipment to clean building exteriors, tanks, chimneys and industrial equipment.

There are various types of sandblasting equipment:

  • portable blast systems (blast pots)
  • blast pots fed from a silo
  • blast cabinets
  • blast rooms
  • large industrial blasters the size of a truck.

However, they all have the same basic design - a pressurized system attached to a hose with a nozzle that directs a flow of abrasive particles. Different types of abrasive particles (for example, silica sand, fine glass beads, crushed nut shells, steel, aluminium, pressurized steam) are used to achieve different finishes.

In general sandblasters:

  • add abrasive material to blast pots
  • operate equipment that introduces compressed air into a mixing chamber
  • skillfully guide the flow of particles across surfaces (mistakes can be very costly)
  • clean, repair and maintain hoses, nozzles, machines and air compressors
  • assist in erecting scaffolding or staging required for sandblasting operations such as cleaning building exteriors
  • order sand and other materials as needed
  • keep routine records.

When etching, sandblasters may:

  • cut stencils of letters or designs 
  • operate machines that automatically move the sandblasting nozzle back and forth over the stencilled stone
  • shape or carve designs into stone without the use of a stencil.
Working Conditions
Updated Feb 28, 2017

 

Sandblasters work primarily outdoors. They sometimes work indoors in blast rooms. Standing for extended periods, bending, crouching, kneeling and working at heights or in confined spaces may be required all while holding a pressurized hose.

Working conditions often are noisy, dusty and dirty. Occupational risks include exposure to hazardous dust, excessive noise and potentially explosive or flammable conditions created from using metallic abrasives as well as risk of injury if control of the nozzle is lost.

Sandblasters must follow safety procedures and wear personal protective equipment such as well padded clothing and gloves, steel-toed boots, eye and ear protection, blast hoods or helmets with appropriate air supply.

Lifting up to 20 kilograms is required. For example, holding a high pressure hose (180 pounds per square inch) for several hours.

 

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Feb 28, 2017

Sandblasters need the following characteristics:

  • a safety conscious attitude
  • strength and physical fitness
  • good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity
  • the ability to pay careful attention to detail
  • good organizational skills
  • the ability to work with others in a team.

Sandblasters should enjoy working outdoors, operating machinery and performing tasks that require precision.

Educational Requirements
Updated Feb 28, 2017

Most sandblasters are trained on the job. There are no standard education requirements for sandblasters but employers generally prefer to hire applicants who have a high school diploma or related experience, and one or more of the following:

  • WHMIS (Workplace Hazards Management Information System) training
  • H2S Alive training
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • confined space entry
  • fall arrest awareness
  • a valid driver's licence with a good driving record.

Industrial positions may require related safety training such as CSTS (Construction Safety Training System).

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Feb 28, 2017

Average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Sandblasters are employed by: 

  • sandblasting and spray coating companies
  • cemeteries
  • industrial cleaning companies
  • road surfacing companies.

With experience sandblasters may advance to supervisory positions.

In Alberta, sandblasters are part of three larger 2011 National Occupational Classifications, 6732: Specialized cleaners, 9414: Concrete, clay and stone forming operators and 9612: Labourers in metal fabrication.

79% of people in the Specialized cleaners group work in the following industries:

71% of people in the Concrete, clay and stone forming operators group work in the following industries:

78% of people in the Labourers in metal fabrication group work in the Manufacturing (PDF) industry

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 4,700 Albertans are employed in the Specialized cleaners occupational group. This group is expected to have an average annual growth of 1.7% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 80 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As sandblasters form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for sandblasters. 

Over 3,000 Albertans are employed in the Labourers in metal fabrication occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.3% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 39 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As sandblasters form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for sandblasters. 

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Feb 28, 2017
Concrete, clay and stone forming operators
NOC code: 9414

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Average Salary
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Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
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  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $18.00 $25.00 $22.75 $22.00
Overall $21.50 $28.00 $25.23 $26.00
Top $25.00 $32.00 $27.98 $27.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Manufacturing
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Construction

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

63%
63%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

64%
64%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

19%
19%

2015 Vacancy Rate

5%
Labourers in metal fabrication
NOC code: 9612

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $14.25 $22.00 $17.44 $18.00
Overall $18.00 $26.00 $21.17 $20.25
Top $20.40 $35.00 $25.52 $22.20

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Manufacturing

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

62%
62%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

30%
30%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

N/A

2015 Vacancy Rate

N/A
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Feb 28, 2017

Construction Sector Council website: www.csc-ca.org


 

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Updated Mar 01, 2012. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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