Military Weapons Maintenance Technicians

Military Career

General Information

Description

Weapons maintenance technicians are responsible for servicing and maintaining the Military’s weapons. They ensure these assets are fully operational at all times. These experts plan, organize, and perform every service necessary to keep these systems in pristine working condition so they are ready when needed.

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Work Environment

Weapons maintenance technicians work in workshops when testing and repairing electronic components. They may work outdoors while inspecting and repairing combat vehicles, ships, artillery, aircraft, and missile silos.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Weapons Maintenance Technicians in the Military

127,347

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Salary

Average Salary

$53,417

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 39%
  • Some college 25%
  • Post-secondary certificate 21%
  • Associate's degree 10%
  • Less than high school 3%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Weapons maintenance technicians in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Electronic and mechanical principles and conceptsUse and understanding of schematics, drawings, blueprints, and wiring diagramsOperation, testing, and maintenance of weapons systems and fire control systemsOperation, use, and maintenance of electronic, electrical, and mechanical test equipmentPrinciples and concepts of electronics and mechanicsEquipment repair

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Building and Construction
  • Design

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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