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Weapons Maintenance Technician ... (Military - Enlisted)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Maintains and repairs weapons used by combat forces.

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Security and Protective Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Repairs and maintains artillery, missile, multiple launch rocket systems, naval gun systems, and infantry weapons.
  • Cleans and lubricates gyroscopes, sights, and other electro-optical fire control components.
  • Repairs and maintains missile mounts, platforms, and launch mechanisms.
  • Performs field and sustainment level maintenance/repairs on the mechanisms/systems of tank turrets/weapons, fighting vehicles, towed/self propelled artillery and electronic, electrical and cryogenic assemblies.
  • Maintains, operates, services, and repairs weapons support systems such as power generation and distribution systems, environmental control, loading equipment, and associated interfaces.
  • Operates and maintains automated data processing equipment to perform munitions accounting, computations, and research.
  • Coordinates calibration and maintenance of associated missile systems test measurement diagnostic equipment.
  • Repairs unserviceable optical and infrared components by aligning, adjusting, removing and replacing defective modules and assemblies.
  • Maintains and/or repairs laser range finders, ballistic computers, laser observation devices, laser designators, thermal imaging systems.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Instrument Mechanic, Weapons System --