Artillery Mechanic

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous


The artillery mechanic is primarily responsible for supervising and performing maintenance and recovery operations of all self-propelled field artillery cannon weapon systems — including automotive, turret, fire control and chemical protection subsystems.

Job Duties

  • Perform unit maintenance and recovery of all self-propelled field artillery cannon weapon systems
  • Maintain diesel power plants/packs, compression ignition engines and engine fuel systems, air induction systems, exhaust systems, cooling systems, engine starting and charging systems, and track hull electrical
  • Diagnose malfunctions, troubleshoot and perform other unit maintenance on carriage-mounted armament, associated fire control and related systems and components on all self-propelled field artillery weapon systems
  • Requirements

    Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.


    Job training for an artillery mechanic requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 15 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Electronic and mechanical principles and concepts
  • Use of electronic, electrical and mechanical test equipment
  • Operation, testing and maintenance of specific types of weapons systems
  • Understanding schematics, drawings, blueprints and wiring diagrams
  • Operation and maintenance of fire control systems on ships
  • Helpful Skills

  • Proficiency in science and math
  • An interest in working with electronic or electrical equipment
  • Ability to do work requiring accuracy and attention to detail
  • Interest in working with weapons
  • Required ASVAB Score(s)

    Mechanical Maintenance (MM): 99
    Mechanical Maintenance (MM): 88, General Technical (GT): 88

    Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.


    Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

    Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

    You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

    Education Benefits

    In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

    Future Civilian Careers

    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career as an electronic mechanic, an avionics technician or a missile facility system mechanic with civilian firms that design, build and test weapons for the military.

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