Aviation Ordnance Systems Technician

SSgt to Pvt - PMOS


Aviation ordnance equipment repair technicians perform duties incident to the accounting, stowage, breakout, testing, maintenance, assembly and transportation of airborne armament equipment, armament-handling equipment, air launched missiles, and conventional munitions. At the IMA level, aviation ordnance equipment repair technicians perform required inspections, tests, checks adjustments, preventive maintenance and repair on support equipment, missile launching equipment, multiple ejection/bomb racks, aircraft guns, turrets, aerial targets, and a wide variety of highly technical aircraft armament weapons systems in addition to performing quality assurance, safety, and maintenance management duties.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must have a GT score of 105 or higher.
  • Must have normal color perception.
  • Security requirement: Secret security clearance eligibility.
  • Must possess a valid state drivers license (Sgt to Pvt).
  • Must meet the medical requirements for Explosives Handlers and Explosives Vehicle Operators contained in Article 15-107 of NAVMED P-117.


  • Complete AO A1 Aviation Ordnance Course and the CNATT AO (C) Course at CNATT MARU, Cherry Point, NC.
  • Must obtain appropriate support equipment and/or material handling licensing upon initial unit assignment (Sgt to Pvt).
  • Marines who handle explosives must meet the criteria to be qualified and certified as per MCO 8023.3.
  • Must obtain Incidental Motor Vehicle Operator licensing for tactical vehicles up to 7-ton MTVR (or equivalent).
  • Complete Naval Motor Vehicle and Railcar Inspection Course (AMMO-51) (A403611).
  • Must complete Incidental Motor Vehicle Licensing for HMMWV Tactical Vehicle.


  • SSgt to Pvt:
    • Performs IMA level maintenance on armament weapons support equipment (AWSE).
    • Assembles and performs maintenance on air-launched missiles, and conventional munitions, as authorized.
    • Performs IMA level maintenance on aircraft armament equipment.
    • Identifies munitions by type, nomenclature, and explosive hazard. Identifies the hazard present and appropriate emergency response procedures for each type of munitions handled.
    • Transports explosives utilizing assigned handling and transportation equipment.
    • Employs appropriate safety precautions, security procedures, and record keeping practices for munitions.
    • Conducts ammunition inventories and maintains stock records of lots/serial numbers.
    • Performs operator tasks associated with Ordnance Information system (OIS) Ammunition Accounting and Management System.
    • Perform IMA level maintenance on aircraft guns.
    • Performs inventory management tasks associated with the Airborne Weapons Information System (AWIS) website.
    • Prepares, packages and certifies hazardous materiel for shipment.
    • Certifies vehicles for transport of hazardous materiels.
  • SSgt to Cpl:
    • Maintains records according to references (cu) and (cv) and distinguishes the different modifications on all models of missiles and conventional munitions assigned.
    • Utilizes available technical and supply publications to obtain accurate and complete data for supply purposes.
    • Perform inspections on the maintenance, storage, and shipment of explosives.
    • Using ammunition stock and allowance lists/publications, prepares and edits ammunition requisitions and takes requisition follow-up actions.
    • Makes ammunition issues, prepares invoices, and custody records.
    • Maintains files, prepares naval messages, and submits ammunition transactions.
    • Performs the System Administrator tasks associated with Ordnance Information System (OIS) Ammunition Accounting and Management System.
  • SSgt and Sgt:
    • Establishes a training program for aviation ordnance technicians.
    • Perform functions in the establishment operations of a conventional munitions storage area, advance base ammunition storage point, ready storage areas and Forward Arming and Refueling Points (FARP).
    • Prepares for Conventional/Ordnance Deficiency Reports, Explosive Event Reports, Explosive Mishap Reports, Technical Publication Deficiency reports, Product Quality Deficiency Reports, Missing Lost Stolen/Recovered Ammunition Reports, and Engineering Investigation Requests, when appropriate.
    • Perform Ammunition Stock Recording Section functions/tasks utilizing the Ordnance Information System (OIS).
    • Determine the serviceability of ammunition and perform ammunition sentencing functions.
    • Establish and supervise the operation of a Forward Arming and Refueling Points (FARP).
    • Supervise operations in an ammunition assembly area.
  • SSgt:
    • Utilizes aviation ordnance administrative procedures necessary to establish and operate an IMA.
    • Conducts administrative and material inspections of IMA activities.
    • Prepares naval messages, orders, instructions, SOPs, and safety precautions.
    • Manage the Ammunition Stock Recording System (ASRS).

Related SOC Classification/SOC Code:

  • Explosive Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters 47-5031.
  • Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 49-9042.

Related Military Skill:

  • Aircraft Ordnance Technician, 6531.