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UXO Technicians

 

UXO Technicians will enjoy an exciting new career that will give them the opportunity of a life time. Technicians will have the opportunity to work either domestically or internationally. Every technician will have an in-depth understanding of all the different types of explosive devices, and will have the safety training necessary to help resolve these potential risks.

 

 

What do our graduates do?

A UXO Technician I is given assistance by UXO Sweep Personnel to provide assistance to senior personnel (UXO Tech II and above) in the following tasks:

  • The identification of all types of explosives and discarded military munitions, including fuses (type & condition).
  • Locate and extract any buried UXO or discarded military munitions.
  • Move and/or consolidate any UXO or discarded military munitions.
  • Prepare firing systems for demilitarization operations.UXO Demolition
  • The operation of personal decontamination stations.
  • Inspect material potentially presenting an explosive hazard
  • Transport demolition materials and/or UXO and discarded military munitions.

 

Career Possibilities

After graduating from the UT-RELYANT UXO Training Program, you will not only receive a UXO Technician I Certificate, but you will also receive a HAZWOPER Certification and a Heavy Machinery Certification. These certifications are essential to making you employable in this career. Upon entering in this field, you will already start at a commanding salary; however, there is plenty of room to exceed even further. The chart below list out the different career classifications.


Position Description

Training Required (Notes 1, 2, & 3)

Minimum Years of
EOD/UXO Experience
(Note 4)

Special Requirements

(Note 5)

Senior UXO Supervisor

1, 2 or 3

10 years

Significant experience in all aspects of munitions response actions or range clearance activities, as appropriate for the contracted operation. Five years experience in supervisory positions.

UXO Safety Officer

1, 2 or 3

8 years

Experience in all phases of munitions response actions or range clearance activities, as appropriate for the contracted operation, and applicable safety standards.

UXO Quality

Control Specialist

1, 2 or 3

8 years

Experience in all phases of munitions response actions or range clearance activities, as appropriate for the contracted operation, and the transportation, handling and storage of munitions and commercial explosives.

UXO Technician III

1, 2 or 3

8 years

Prior military EOD and/or commercial UXO experience in munitions response actions or range clearance activities, as appropriate for the contracted operation.

UXO Technician II

1 or 2

 

------or------

3

N/A

 

-------or------

3 years

Prior military EOD experience

--------------------------or-------------------------- Experience in response munitions response actions or range clearance activities, as appropriate for the contracted operation, plus specific project/explosives safety training.

UXO Technician I

3

o

Successfully completed formal course of instruction appropriate to this skill level

UXO-Sweep

Personnel

Equipment and site specific training

N/A

Safety equipment and site specific training. (Experience at this position is not required for UXO Technician 1 certification.)

 

 

UXO Technician’s Salary

 

UXO Tech I Annual Compensation: $40,000 - 65,000 per year

  • The base pay for a UXO Technician I typically starts out between $17 - $28 per hour.
  • The base pay for a Tech I is set on a per project basis, and there are several factors to go into setting the base pay (location, hazard pay, local cost of living index). This does not include the daily per diem and lodging allowance, which can reach $130 per day. There is also an additional 8% increase for hazard compensation. A technician should expect to work more than a traditional 40 hour work week. Overtime pay starts after the initial 40 hours per week.  

 

UXO Tech II Annual Compensation:

  • The Technician II will receive a higher wage because of the increased responsibility and for their experience. A Technician II is required to have three additional years of experience.

 

UXO Tech III Annual Compensation:

  • The Technician III has the highest pay grade.  Eight years as a UXO Technician is required.

 

 

UXO DemolitionJob Possibilities

UXO Technicians are in high demand around the world. Whether you prefer to work domestically or internationally, there is a job out there for you. Internationally, UXO are a significant threat in Germany, France, Belgium, Lebanon, United Kingdom, and Laos. There is also a significant threat domestically. According to the EPA there are 42 states that have active sites with UXO. The US alone has over 16,000 former ranges where explosive ordnance was tested. These site cleanups are being contracted out to various private companies around the world, and these companies are constantly looking for technicians to employ.

 

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