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 :
Basic Military Qualification
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 :
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 :
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.
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.
Available specialty training
Available advanced training
Ammunition Technicians may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including :
As they progress in their career, Ammunition Technicians who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered advanced training.
Available courses include :