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Apprenticeship training course

Ordnance munitions and explosives specialist (integrated degree) (level 7)

Provide specialist expertise, advice and guidance and direction towards delivering complex scientific and technical OME solutions to directly evolve the UK OME defence and security capability in existing and emerging technologies.

Qualification level
Equivalent to master’s degree.
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Capability lead
  • Principal research scientist
  • Principal safety engineer (ome specialist)
  • Senior energetics materials scientist/engineer
  • Senior scientist portfolio manager
  • Senior technical specialist
  • Warhead engineer
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Compare a range of principles involved in OME, for example, production methods, formulation, detonation techniques, explosive effect.
  • Evaluate and predict the material science characteristics of OME.
  • Apply the correct Interpretation of legislation and associated documentation in the testing, approval and use of OME and their articles (e.g. AOP, STANAG, UN test Book).
  • Propose and evaluate design investigations which may lead to safer/economic/improved performance OME.
  • Construct a complex Risk Assessment involving the hazards of OME.
  • Assess and identify environmental impact (e.g. thermal cycling, ageing) issues surrounding OME.
  • Critically evaluate and make decisions on environmental grounds (e.g. soil contamination) balanced with operational capabilities and cost effectiveness over the whole life cycle of an OME product.
  • Critically appraise the facts, principles, concepts and theories relating to a specific area of OME.
  • Present scientific OME ideas in a clear and concise manner i.e. reports, slides and presentations.
  • Appraise the design and performance of OME for use as intended.
  • Analyse the performace of OME based on trials/test data; including modelling methods.
  • Evaluate published scientific literature to produce a coherent summary of one aspect of detonations, explosions and their initiation mechanisms.
  • Assess the accuracy, relevance, advantages and disadvantages of using computer modelling tools in OMEs.
  • Exploit research and development outputs to achieve operational goals and objectives.

Full information on Ordnance munitions and explosives specialist (integrated degree) (level 7) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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