Armorer Technician

Restore old weapons for display in museums.
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Salary Range
$24,000 – $68,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Armorer Technicians do?

Museum guests love to gawk at old guns, swords, and suits of armor. They may marvel at how the items were used in the past, or they may dream of using the pieces to vanquish their own enemies. But that’s only if the items look genuine and impressive, not rusty and dilapidated.

So before they’re put on display, they go through the hands of an Armorer Technician, who restores and repairs those items, first.

Curators buy the pieces, but they may come and visit you — the Armorer Technician — first so you can weigh in on the purchase. You determine if an item is overpriced, too hard to repair, or simply not a good deal. If the item is purchased, it becomes your best friend for a period of time, and you spend a significant amount of time making repairs and getting it back to its old glory.

To do this, you consult old paintings and drawings showing the piece as it was originally designed. Old books may describe it as well. Using these sources, you create replacements for broken pieces, and fix holes and tears. The items may be rusty and tarnished so you create special solutions to clean them without damaging them.

It may take you months to complete work on just one small artifact. Sometimes, you may get frustrated with the slow progress, and you may be tempted to break out the heavy-duty, fast-acting cures. You remind yourself, however, that accuracy trumps speed for an Armorer Technician, and people won’t buy tickets to see items covered in duct tape.

When your work is complete, you write a report detailing how the item looked when you got it and what you did to repair it. This report becomes part of the museum’s catalog, so you use your finest language and you proofread it twice before you hand it over to the Curator.


Should I be an Armorer Technician?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Armor Restorer

    How to become an Armorer Technician

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