Ordnance, munitions and explosives technician apprenticeship

Prepare, test and evaluate explosives and explosive devices

An ordnance, munitions and explosives technician is involved in the design and operation of ordnance, munitions and explosives by preparing explosives and explosive devices. During the ordnance, munitions and explosives technician apprenticeship, you may also undertake explosives test and evaluation activities to ensure fitness for purpose. In doing so, you must work in a safe and environmentally sound manner, potentially within a hazardous environment, following approved safe systems of work. You may work with pyrotechnics in the film industry, explosives engineering in the construction/mining sectors, explosives/munitions in the armed forces, research and manufacture in the defence sector, or putting on a complex public fireworks display. It is very likely that you’ll work in secure premises in urban or rural areas, which could restrict your movements during the working day. Some roles will require you to work outdoors for much of their working time.


Duration: 30 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements for the ordnance, munitions and explosives technician apprenticeship: An A-level in either maths, physics or chemistry and three GCSEs in maths, English, physics or chemistry; or relevant industry experience on entry

Achievement upon completion: Level 4 (Higher)—equivalent to foundation degree

Potential salary upon completion: £25,000

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