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Ordnance munitions and explosives specialist (degree)



K1: The advanced concepts in specialist areas of OME, such as chemistry, materials science, engineering, detonics, explosive effect, ballistics, manufacturing, safety, test and evaluation. Back to Duty

K2: The processes involved in undertaking technical reviews, including legal and technical aspects relating to OME. Back to Duty

K3: The techniques, tools and methodologies used in the design, realisation, verification and testing of OME, such as specialist methods used for the manufacture of OME devices, or the totality of design for OME safety. Back to Duty

K4: How to recognise the applicability of various risk assessments methods and the appropriateness of “Tolerable” and “As Low As Reasonably Practicable” (ALARP) statements as applied to accidents involving OME. Back to Duty

K5: The environmental (e.g. accelerated ageing, thermal cycling) principles and mitigations which impact upon OME. Back to Duty

K6: How and why OME lifecycle and environmental protection should be compatible with safety and environmental protection standards. Back to Duty

K7: The use of a range of methods used to conceptually demonstrate the meaning of “scanning the horizon” in an OME context Back to Duty

K8: The intentional and unintentional effects from OME upon the target environment, e.g. blast effect, smoke effect, toxicity. Back to Duty

K9: Systems design principles appropriate for OME, e.g. explosive train, design for safety. Back to Duty

K10: The operational features and principles of a wide variety of OME used within their business, underpinned by a detailed knowledge of their sub-systems and design methodology. Back to Duty


S1: Compare a range of principles involved in OME, for example, production methods, formulation, detonation techniques, explosive effect. Back to Duty

S2: Evaluate and predict the material science characteristics of OME. Back to Duty

S3: 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). Back to Duty

S4: Propose and evaluate design investigations which may lead to safer/economic/improved performance OME. Back to Duty

S5: Construct a complex Risk Assessment involving the hazards of OME. Back to Duty

S6: Assess and identify environmental impact (e.g. thermal cycling, ageing) issues surrounding OME. Back to Duty

S7: 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. Back to Duty

S8: Critically appraise the facts, principles, concepts and theories relating to a specific area of OME. Back to Duty

S9: Present scientific OME ideas in a clear and concise manner i.e. reports, slides and presentations. Back to Duty

S10: Appraise the design and performance of OME for use as intended. Back to Duty

S11: Analyse the performace of OME based on trials/test data; including modelling methods. Back to Duty

S12: Evaluate published scientific literature to produce a coherent summary of one aspect of detonations, explosions and their initiation mechanisms. Back to Duty

S13: Assess the accuracy, relevance, advantages and disadvantages of using computer modelling tools in OMEs. Back to Duty

S14: Exploit research and development outputs to achieve operational goals and objectives. Back to Duty


B1: Takes responsibility for their own and others professional development by seeking out opportunities that enhance their knowledge, skills and experience and understanding of emerging technologies within OME. Back to Duty

B2: Able to take responsibility for their actions, demonstrates resilience and acts with integrity by demonstrating a duty of care for others and for their own safety. Back to Duty

B3: Able to communicate using a range of styles and methods with fellow professionals, stakeholders (internal/external) and others from a range of backgrounds. Back to Duty

B4: Demonstrate a commitment to society, their profession and the environment, adopting a set of values and behaviours that will maintain and enhance the reputation of the profession as well as their organisation. Back to Duty

B5: Reliable and consistent and willing to challenge areas of concern and promotes best practice. Back to Duty

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