Weapons Maintenance Technician ... (Military - Enlisted)  What They Do

Just the Facts


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.

This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster National Security pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Performs routine equipment inspections and emergency operating procedures
  • Conducts component removal, repair, replacement procedures, often using special tools and test equipment
  • Supervises and performs unit maintenance and recovery of all self-propelled field artillery cannon weapon systems, including automotive, turret, carriage-mounted armament, associated fire control systems, and chemical protection subsystems
  • Prepares and maintains equipment logs, equipment modification and utilization records, exchange logs, and calibration data cards; completes maintenance and supply forms and records
  • Maintains, operates, and supervises maintenance on ground and air missiles, spacelift boosters, payloads, guidance and control systems, and subsystems
  • Troubleshoots, repairs, and services missile weapon systems, space lift and research and development (R&D) equipment, facilities, and support equipment (SE)
  • Loads and unloads nuclear and non-nuclear munitions, explosives, and propellant devices on aircraft
  • Inspects, assembles, disassembles, maintains, and modifies nuclear weapons, bombs, missiles, reentry vehicles and systems, launchers, pylons, penetration aids, and associated test and handling equipment
  • Performs preventive and corrective maintenance
  • Performs and manages maintenance, inspection, storage, handling, modification, accountability, custody, and repair of nuclear weapons, weapon components, associated equipment, and general or specialized test and handling equipment

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.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time

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