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Bomb disposal technician

Bomb disposal technicians identify, defuse and destroy explosive devices.

Potential salary


Employment by 2024


Working hours


  • thinking and reasoning skills for making quick decisions
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • concentration skills and a steady hand
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others in a team
  • leadership skills
  • physical fitness and endurance
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

You'll identify, make safe or dispose of different kinds of explosive devices, including:

  • unexploded military ammunition, like grenades, shells or depth charges in water
  • landmines
  • improvised explosive devices, and makeshift explosives like pipe or car bombs
  • explosives used commercially, for example in quarrying, mining or demolition

Your duties may include:

  • working with the police to make sure dangerous areas have been evacuated
  • finding, identifying, defusing and destroying explosive devices using remote control robots and metal detectors
  • making sure your colleagues are safe in dangerous areas
  • working in ammunition storage - looking after and maintaining munitions and weapons or loading missiles onto fighter aircraft

You may need to wear a uniform and protective clothing.

You could work be based overseas, at a training centre, in a warzone, underwater or in a civilian area.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding and outdoors in all weathers.

With experience, you could move up the ranks in the armed forces.

On leaving active service, you could work as a private consultant for governments, environmental companies, non-governmental agencies, or organisations like the United Nations Mine Action Service, for example, on mine clearance programmes in ex-war zones.

You can get more details about working in bomb disposal through:Army Careers; Royal Air Force Careers; Royal Navy Careers; Institute of Explosives Engineers

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