You must list your Class A “General” blaster’s license number and your Pennsylvania Commercial Driver’s License with hazardous materials “H” endorsement number on your Application for Employment, AND must submit a copy of your CDL showing an “H” endorsement.  (See “How To Apply.”)


NUMBER 2012-010

ISSUED  JUNE 13, 2012



Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission











Job Title



Pay Schedule

and Range


Blasting and Explosives Inspector






VETERANS:  Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs.  To learn more about employment preferences and opportunities for veterans, visit the Commission’s website; visit one of our offices; or call our veterans information line, (717) 787-6039.




You will perform a variety of inspection, investigation, and enforcement activities involving the Commonwealth's blasting and explosives program.  This involves conducting inspections at surface mines to determine compliance with Commonwealth laws and regulations, conducting investigations into public complaints involving the use of explosives, preparing technical reports, initiating enforcement activities to correct violations, and monitoring other applications of explosives, including trenching and construction sites, demolition sites, and seismic surveys.  You will review and recommend appropriate action on requests for blast plan approval and applications for blasting activity permits.




You will be tested before your qualifications are reviewed.  Your test results will count only if you meet all job requirements.  If after reading the requirements you are not sure you qualify, contact one of the Commission's offices listed at the end of this announcement.


You must be willing to travel.  Travel expenses will be paid.


You must be a Pennsylvania resident, of good moral character and able to perform the essential functions of the job.


These positions require possession of a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) supplemented by endorsements.  After you receive a conditional offer of employment for one of these positions, you must pass drug-screening tests.


Necessary Special Requirements

Possession of a Class A “General” blaster’s license issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Possession of a valid Pennsylvania Commercial Driver’s License with hazardous materials “H” endorsement.


Minimum Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in engineering or physical sciences; OR 4 years of experience in the handling and use of explosives, including a minimum of 2 years as a lead blaster, blasting foreman, or blasting operations supervisor.


Clarification of Requirements

You may substitute related education for the required experience or appropriate experience for the required education.  Unrelated experience or education will not be accepted.






There are currently 10 filled positions located in Cambria, Centre, Clarion, Schuylkill and Westmoreland Counties.  Four vacancies are anticipated within the next 2 years.


Additional opportunities may occur due to normal turnover from retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.


For the most recent information on job opportunities contact the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Human Resources, Rachel Carson State Office Building – 9th Floor, P.O. Box 2357, Harrisburg, PA  17105-2357; Telephone:  (717) 783-6220;




The test will be administered on a computer.  Information about computerized testing is available online at OR in paper form at any State Civil Service Commission office.


You will have a maximum of 2 1/2 hours to complete the test which will cover the following subject areas:


Subject Area

Number of Questions



Reading Comprehension


Interpersonal Relations


Effective Expression/Reports





The test will be administered in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh State Civil Service Commission offices, Monday through Friday.


The test also will be held approximately 10 days a month at additional test centers located in Erie, Johnstown, Lock Haven, and Scranton.  For further details on test dates, contact the Commission’s Information Services Unit; Telephone (Voice) (717) 787-7811, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 783-8896.


You must provide your Blaster’s License number and expiration date and your CDL with an “H” endorsement number and expiration date in the “Licenses or Certificates” section of your Application for Employment/Promotion. Also, you must submit a copy of your CDL showing an “H” endorsement.  Failure to do so may delay the processing of your application, or result in disqualification.


If you take the test and want to take it again, you may be retested after 6 months from the date of your test.  You must submit a new application to be retested.


If your name is on an eligible list for this job title and you take this test, your most recent examination result will be the only one counted.




Employment and promotion lists will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.


This list will replace any previous list.


This test and scoring procedure are different from previous tests for this job title.  If you have taken the test before, you may receive a different score on this test.




Apply online at or submit your completed paper application to:


State Civil Service Commission

ATTN:  Applications

P.O. Box 569

Harrisburg, PA  17108-0569


Online and paper applications both require submission of a copy of your CDL with an “H” endorsement at the time of application.  Write your Social Security Number at the top of the copy.  Send by e-mail to or fax to (717) 787-8650 or mail to the above address.


Applications and further information can be obtained from:



State Civil Service Commission:




Harrisburg:  2nd Level, Strawberry Sq. Complex, 320 Market St., P.O.


Box 569, Hbg., 17108-0569; Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058, Text


Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 772-2685




Philadelphia:  110 North 8th St., Suite 503, Phila., 19107; Telephone


(Voice) (215) 560-2253, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing


callers only) (215) 560-4367




Pittsburgh:  411 Seventh Ave., Room 410, Pgh., 15219; Telephone


(Voice) (412) 565-7666, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing


callers only) (412) 565-2484




PA CareerLink offices




The Human Resources office listed under the "JOB OPPORTUNITIES" section of this announcement


For further information on testing, assistance for persons with disabilities, veterans' preference and other items, refer to the instructions provided with the "Application for Employment/Promotion."