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 Government and Public Administration cluster National Security 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 --