Ammunition Technicians are responsible for all Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) ammunition, explosive stockpiles, as well as ammunition and explosives safety programs. They also perform technical inspections, tests, proofs, maintenance, modification and disposal of all CAF ammunition and explosives.
The primary responsibilities of Ammunition Technicians are to:
- Provide advice on all ammunition and explosive safety matters
- Manage the storage of ammunition and explosives
- Prepare and ship ammunition and explosives
- Maintain static facilities, field and deployed installations
- Perform render safe and disposal procedures on explosive ordnances
- Certify ammunition, explosive items, munitions and non-munitions scrap to different degrees of classification
- Conduct improvised explosive devices disposal operations
- Operate equipment in support of operations
Ammunition Technicians may work in a wide variety of locations and environmental conditions. Ammunition Technicians are initially posted to an ammunition facility to gain experience and knowledge. Once all training is complete, they may be posted within Canada or deployed on operations around the world.
Pay and career development
The starting salary for a fully trained Ammunition Technician is $49,400 per year; however, depending on previous experience and training the starting salary may be higher. The progression through the ranks is faster for Ammunition Technicians than other similar jobs in the CAF. Ammunition Technicians who demonstrate the required ability, dedication and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression, promotion and advanced training.
Related civilian occupations
- Engineering and regulatory inspectors
- Material handlers
- Civilian Ammunition Technician
- Civilian Explosive Ordnance Disposal Range Clearance Operator
Basic military qualification
The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course, or Basic Training, held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the CAF physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.
Basic military qualification – land course
After Basic Training, Army recruits go to a military training centre for the Basic Military Qualification – Land course for approximately one month, which covers the following topics:
- Army Physical Fitness
- Dismounted Offensive and Defensive Operations
- Reconnaissance Patrolling
- Individual Field Craft
Basic occupational qualification training
The Ammunition Technicians attend the Canadian Forces School of Administration and Logistics in Borden, Ontario, for approximately five months of training in the identification, characteristics, receipt, storage, inventory control, maintenance, issue and disposal of ammunition and explosives.
The next phase is three months of Explosive Ordnance Disposal training, which includes:
- Explosive ordnance disposal training in proper disposal techniques of dud, misfired, and stray ammunition
- Range clearance operations
- Investigation of ammunition defects and malfunctions
- Field and deployed operations
The last step is eight weeks of training on ammunition and explosive safety programs, technical services, ammunition serviceability verification, ammunition and explosives accident investigation, development and inspection of ammunition facilities, explosive disposal operations, range clearance operations and the performance of Service Representative Officer duties.
Ammunition Technicians may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including:
- Improvised Explosive Device Disposal
- Transportation of Dangerous Goods
- Disposal of Biological/Chemical munitions
- Marine Explosive Handling
After the initial five months of training, Ammunition Technicians then continue with 24 months of on-the-job training at an ammunition facility for practical exposure and hands-on experience in performing key tasks prior to commencement of the next phase of training.
As they progress in their career, Ammunition Technicians who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered advanced training. Available courses include:
- Conventional Munitions Disposal Advanced
The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Quebec. Foreign education may be accepted.
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