It is the job of the ordnance officer to make sure that the Military’s weapons and ammunition supplies are safe and secure. These officers make decisions regarding the purchase, handling, storage, and transport of ordnance. They also oversee teams that maintain, modify, and dispose of ordnance.
This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster National Security pathway.
A person in this career:
- Directs or administers programs for procurement, receipt, storage, installation, distribution, maintenance, and overhaul of various types of weapons
- Establishes techniques and methods to safeguard property and personnel against explosive or industrial accidents
- Advises leadership on the technical aspects of ammunition, missiles, and other explosive items
- Participates in the research, development, test, evaluation, and acquisition of ground and/or air weapons systems
- Participates in product improvement and/or modifications of weapons systems or components
- Prepares technical publications providing information on minimum standards of calibration of special weapons, including mechanical, electrical and nuclear components, test equipment, special design equipment, and commercial equipment
- Directs scheduling, identification, dispatching, marking, loading, and unloading of outgoing and incoming ammunition of all types
- Supervises upkeep of magazines, shell houses, transfer depots, loading plants, and storehouses
- Supervises assembly, testing, reworking, repair, and alteration of mines, mine components, and mine assemblies
- Manages assembly procedures for electrical and electronic, mechanical, and nuclear components of special weapons