Marine Corps Enlisted Job Descriptions

MOS 6541 -- Aviation Ordnance Systems Technician

Type of MOS : PMOS

Rank Range: SSgt to Pvt

Job Description: Aviation ordnance equipment repair technicians perform the 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 lMA 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.

Job Requirements:

(1) Must be a U.S. citizen.

(2) Must have normal color perception.

(3) Must be a minimum height of 64 inches and a maximum height of 75 inches.

(4) Must be eligible for a secret security clearance.

(5) Must possess a GT score of 105 or higher.

(6) Must possess a valid state drivers license (Sgt to Pvt)

(7) Must meet the medical requirements for Explosives Handlers and Explosives Vehicle Operators contained in NAVMED P-117, Article 15-71B.

(8) Complete CNATT AO (C) Course at CNATT MARU, Cherry Point, NC.

(9) Must obtain appropriate support equipment and/or material handling licensing upon initial unit assignment (Sgt to Pvt) .

(10) Marines who handle explosives must meet the criteria to be qualified and certified as per MCO 8023.3.

(11) Must obtain Incidental Motor Vehicle Operator licensing for tactical vehicles up to 7-ton MTVR (or equivalent) .

(I2) Must obtain an explosive driver endorsement in conjunction with driver's license.


1. SSgt to Pvt:

(a) Performs operator and IMA level maintenance on armament weapons support/transporting equipment.

(b) Assembles and performs maintenance on air-launched missiles, and conventional munitions, as authorized.

(c) Performs IMA level maintenance on aircraft armament equipment.

(d) Identifies munitions by type, nomenclature, and explosive hazard.

Identifies the hazard present and appropriate emergency response procedures for each type of munitions handled.

(e) Transports explosives utilizing assigned handling and transportation equipment.

(f) Employs appropriate safety precautions, security procedures, and record keeping practices for munitions.

(g) Conducts ammunition inventories and maintains stock records of lots/serial numbers.

(h) Performs operator tasks associated with the Ordnance Information System (OIS) ammunition accounting and management system.

    2. SSgt to Cpl:

    (a) Maintains records and distinguishes the different modifications on all models of missiles and conventional munitions assigned.

    (b) Utilizes available technical and supply publications to obtain accurate and complete data for supply purposes.

    (c) Perform inspections on the maintenance, storage, and shipment of explosives.

    (d) using ammunition stock and allowance lists/publications, prepares and edits ammunition requisitions and takes requisition follow-up actions.

    (e) Makes ammunition issues, prepares invoices, and custody records.

    (f) Maintains files, prepares naval messages, and submits ammunition transactions.

    (g) Performs the System Administrator tasks associated with the Ordnance Information System (OIS) ammunition accounting and management system.

      3. SSgt and Sgt:

      (a) Establishes a training program for aviation ordnance technicians.

      (b) Perform functions in the establishment and operation of a conventional munitions storage areas, advance base ammunition storage points, ready storage areas and Forward Arming and Refueling Points (FARPs).

      (c) Prepares for Conventional/Ordnance Deficiency Reports, Explosive Mishap Reports, Technical Publication Deficiency reports, Product Quality Deficiency Reports, Missing Lost Stolen/Recovered Ammunition Reports, and Engineering Investigation Requests, when appropriate.

      (d) Operate Ammunition Stock Recording System (ASRS).

      (e) Determine the serviceability of ammunition and perform ammunition sentencing functions.

      (f) Establish and supervise the operation of a Forward Arming and Refueling Points (FARP).

      (g) Supervise operations in an ammunition assembly area.

        4. SSgt:

        (a) Utilizes aviation ordnance administrative procedures necessary to establish and operate an lMA.

        (b) Conducts administrative and material inspections of lMA activities.

        (c) Prepares naval messages, orders, instructions, SOPs, and safety precautions.

        (d) Manage the Ammunition Stock Recording System (ASRS).

          Related Department of Labor Occupation Codes :

          Aircraft Armament Mechanic 806.361-030.

          Related Marine Corps Jobs:

          Aviation Ordnance Equipment Repair Technician, 6541.

          Above information derived from MCBUL 1200, parts 2 and 3