Weapon Systems Mechanic / Operator

OFO No: 671205

Other names for Weapon Systems Mechanic:

  • Armament Fitter
  • Battleship Weapon Fitter
  • Combat Weapons Fitter
  • Electronic Fitter (Weapons)
  • Electronic Fitter (Weapons) Ships
  • Electronic Fitter (Weapons) Submarines
  • Mechanical Fitter (Weapons) Ships
  • Mechanical Fitter (Weapons) Submarines
  • Weapons Specialist

What is a Weapon Systems Mechanic?

A Weapon Systems Mechanic often falls into the category of Electronics Engineering.

They are responsible for the building, installation, modification, service and repair of the electronic components and parts of weaponry systems.

Here are a few examples of systems they could work on:

  • missiles control instrumentation
  • test equipment
  • computer equipment
  • satellite equipment etc

What does a Weapon Systems Mechanic do?

  • lays out and builds instruments
  • troubleshoots and repairs – by either fixing broken part or replacing with new
  • modifies and updates existing equipment
  • makes minor adjustments using specialised hand tools
  • tests electronics to evaluate performance
  • reads diagrams and manuals
  • performs routine maintenance
  • keeps up to date with new technology and weaponry
  • keeps log books and writes reports
  • orders and procures (sources) specialised parts

Are you … ?

  • good with your hands?
  • good at mathematics?
  • a person with good reading and comprehension skills?
  • a problem solver?
  • a good time manager?
  • a good listener?
  • a good communicator?
  • responsible and reliable?
  • fit and healthy?

How do I become a Weapon Systems Mechanic?

The best way to become a Weapon Systems Mechanic is to study Electronics Engineering.

Another way is to join the SA Military. Here they will offer you free training as well as food and accommodation. 


Weapons Operator course:



Military Skills Development Systems:



Other routes to follow:


  • Apprenticeship
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – CNC Production Machining NQF Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Chemical Explosives Manufacturing Operator NQF Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Electro-mechanics Level 2
  • Learnership – Electro-mechanics (Enigineering and Technology) Level 3
  • Learnership – Electro-Mechanics (Manufacturing and Engineering) Level 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Millwright (Open Cast) NQF Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Firearms Maintenance NQF Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) for Artisans: CLICK HERE
  • If you have already been working a long time as a Weapon Systems Mechanic / Operator without qualifications, you may be able to get your qualification through RPL
  • Trade Test


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Armament Fitter … or … Bodyguard

Is becoming a Weapon Systems Mechanic the right career choice for me?