Help with Engineering Technician(Weapon engineering)

Shane555

Newbie
Hi, so I've thought about joining the navy for the past couple of weeks but need a little bit of help with this role.
When you become a weapon engineer does that mean you defend the ship from any possible threats meaning you will use weapons to defeat the enemy? Also what does the job in a whole involve
 

WannabeAdmiral

Lantern Swinger
Warfare Specialist is the one that operates weapons, if I'm not mistaken.

Weapons Engineering is about fixing and maintaining weapons.
 

Shane555

Newbie
Ah so the best option for me will be warfare specialist considering id like to be the one who operates the weapons?
 

WannabeAdmiral

Lantern Swinger
After consulting the career guide, it seems warfare specialists will aim the big weapons, like the 4.5" gun (or at least, tell the computer where to aim) whereas seaman specialists will actually fire the manually operated weapons like the machine guns.

@Ninja_Stoker will be able to give far better advice than me, but everything I've said has come from the career guide I was given - it should be right.
 

Sumo

War Hero
As a weapons engineer you would specialise and maintain, weapons, radar, communication's, sonar & fire control systems. Your knowledge of how to fire and operate the systems you specialise in will become second to non. In 4.5 guns the weapons engineers operated the turrets, as a submariner I was a fire control operator, when the Capt said fire I pressed the red button, all fire control operators on submarines were weapons engineers to qualify for this you had to pass a tactical weapons systems board, a very hard board to pass, so take a very good look at job roles, on submarines seaman operate sonar, comms etc weapons eng maintain and press the red button.
 
As a weapons engineer you would specialise and maintain, weapons, radar, communication's, sonar & fire control systems. Your knowledge of how to fire and operate the systems you specialise in will become second to non. In 4.5 guns the weapons engineers operated the turrets, as a submariner I was a fire control operator, when the Capt said fire I pressed the red button, all fire control operators on submarines were weapons engineers to qualify for this you had to pass a tactical weapons systems board, a very hard board to pass, so take a very good look at job roles, on submarines seaman operate sonar, comms etc weapons eng maintain and press the red button.
Sumo - do not forget the other weapon engineer branch in submarines, the fine men (and women) of the Strategic Weapons System. They are true operator maintainers with knowledge and expertise in navigation equipment, from gyro compasses to ESGN and GPS; Fire Control which has all the systems to target and prepare the missile for launch and Launcher which deals with the physical storage of the missiles and launching of. As a SWS tech you would work in all 3 areas. As an AB or LH you would be assigned to one of the sections. As per Sumo's post, the SWS has a very difficult watchkeeping board and you also have the pleasure of regular visits from the Nuclear Weapon Inspection team at stupid o'clock in the morning.
 

Sumo

War Hero
Sumo - do not forget the other weapon engineer branch in submarines, the fine men (and women) of the Strategic Weapons System. They are true operator maintainers with knowledge and expertise in navigation equipment, from gyro compasses to ESGN and GPS; Fire Control which has all the systems to target and prepare the missile for launch and Launcher which deals with the physical storage of the missiles and launching of. As a SWS tech you would work in all 3 areas. As an AB or LH you would be assigned to one of the sections. As per Sumo's post, the SWS has a very difficult watchkeeping board and you also have the pleasure of regular visits from the Nuclear Weapon Inspection team at stupid o'clock in the morning.
MCC so sorry I forgot all about the Queens, but a valid point, just goes to show how complex submarines are when they use maintainers to operate, and not dabbers.
 

BigD1980

Lantern Swinger
Sumo - do not forget the other weapon engineer branch in submarines, the fine men (and women) of the Strategic Weapons System. They are true operator maintainers with knowledge and expertise in navigation equipment, from gyro compasses to ESGN and GPS; Fire Control which has all the systems to target and prepare the missile for launch and Launcher which deals with the physical storage of the missiles and launching of. As a SWS tech you would work in all 3 areas. As an AB or LH you would be assigned to one of the sections. As per Sumo's post, the SWS has a very difficult watchkeeping board and you also have the pleasure of regular visits from the Nuclear Weapon Inspection team at stupid o'clock in the morning.
No early morning NWI visits anymore unfortunatley its agaist HSE.
 
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