Ammunition Technician
Canadian Armed Forces
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
4d ago


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.

Work environment

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
  • 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 :

  • Explosive ordnance disposal training in proper disposal techniques of dud, misfired, and stray ammunition
  • Range clearance operations
  • Army Physical Fitness
  • Investigation of ammunition defects and malfunctions
  • Dismounted Offensive and Defensive Operations
  • Field and deployed operations
  • Reconnaissance Patrolling
  • Individual Field Craft
  • 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 :

  • Improvised Explosive Device Disposal
  • Conventional Munitions Disposal Advanced
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Disposal of Biological / Chemical munitions
  • Marine Explosive Handling
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