How to Train for Shot Blasting

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How to Train for Shot Blasting
Shot blasting can turn this mess into a much smoother surface. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Shot blasting can be a very valuable resource for any construction project. Shot blasting is the process of controlling a machine that fires small steel balls at a concrete surface. The goal of shot blasting is to polish off any imperfections in the concrete so that it will be easier to bond things to the surface. Shot Blast Inc. has two different ways to shot blast. You can get a rider shot blaster to do the job or you can get one that is push controlled. Either one can be used in or outdoors. Like all powerful construction equipment though, you should make sure that you receive proper training before jumping in.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Safety helmet with face visor
  • Thick-soled boots
  • Ear plugs
  • Goggles

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    Get on the job training by jumping right in. Some construction companies will hire competent people that they believe can learn in a short time and on the job. This allows them to simultaneously train a new employee and get some work done. Taking this course you will probably be paired up with a mentor who will oversee your development as a shot blaster and decide when you are ready to begin on your own.

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    Take a training course. Many companies offer you the opportunity to not only get hands-on training, but to learn the ins and outs of the machine in a classroom setting.

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    Initiate your own training. With the economy the way it is, you won't always be able to get a job that will train you, or you may not be able to afford taking a course. Be aggressive. Offer to apprentice for free and get your training that way. Your chances of getting a job are going to be significantly better if you already have the skills necessary to do that job beforehand. It'll save the company money if they don't have to pay someone to receive training.

Tips and warnings

  • If you're receiving on the job training, make sure you wear the proper safety equipment. Keep in mind you're operating a machine that is firing minuscule steel balls at a very high velocity at a concrete floor. Things can go wrong.

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