Profession ammunition assembler

Ammunition assemblers put together explosives and other ammunition components. They perform this work in mass production in ammunition factories. The production itself focuses on the manufacturing of cartridges or projectiles.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Materials of die

    This includes metal materials most often used for die such as magnesium, copper, and brass.

  • Types of propellants

    Field of information which distinguishes different types of propellants such as black gunpowder to forms of smokeless powder derived from nitrocellulose. These create an expanding gas which makes the bullet accelerate from the barrel. Other differences emerge from the expansion rate, size and shape of the powder.

  • Types of cartridges

    Field of information wich distinguishes different types of cartridges based on size, shape, ignition type and the propellant. An example is the change in the diameter of the bullet, or caliber.

  • Explosives

    Behaviour of explosives, pyrotechnics and blasting techniques. Associated risks and legal requirements.

  • Types of ammunition

    Types of small weapons, such as pistols and machine guns, their functionality, various types of ammunition and position on the market.

Skills

  • Extract products from moulds

    Remove finished products from moulds and examine them in detail for anomalies.

  • Finish shells

    Gauge finished shells by using acceptance jigs. Use a stamping press to record the shell data on the cartridge as well as on the projectile. Finalize the tubes by dipping them in molted parrafin and packing the tubes in crates.

  • Assemble ammunition

    Fabricate cartridges by greasing threads on fuses and inserting them in sockets. Place primers in cartridge cases and fill these with gunpowder propellants. Seal the cartridges by the use of adhesives.

  • Check quality of raw materials

    Check the quality of basic materials used for the production of semi-finished and finished goods by assessing some of its characteristics and, if needed, select samples to be analysed.

  • Operate bullet press

    Handle the machinery which presses bullets through a lead core according to a uniform size and weight. Manually check the bullets for visual and dimensional characteristics.

  • Assemble bombs

    Tighten pierced and threaded plugs into the base of aerial bombs. Slip metal sleeves around the projectile, and pack the product in metal containers together with additional identification data.

Optional knowledge and skills

electroplating metal materials maintenance of ammunition send faulty equipment back to assembly line recognise signs of corrosion replace die quality assurance procedures tend stamping press record production data for quality control operate explosives production equipment alloys of precious metals store produced pyrotechnics tend metal polishing machine heat metals legal requirements related to ammunition cold forging tend punch press