Explosives Range Technician

Contingent Quantico, Virginia


SNA International, LLC, is a vibrant, growing company based in Alexandria, VA, and a world leader in forensics, biometrics, and identity intelligence services. SNA's staff support high visibility forensic human identification operations, including staffing some of the US's largest federal forensic laboratories. 

SNA International seeks a bright, collaborative and innovative Explosives Range Technician (ERT) to work in the FBI Laboratory Division’s Quantico, Virginia location, who has a strong work ethic to join our team and work together in pursuit of the same cause: build a safe and just world by empowering organizations in the use of forensics, biometrics, and identity intelligence.


The Explosives Range Technician serves as the explosives Range Safety Officer (RSO) to ensure that safe test operations take place and that all scientists, technicians, and visitors are aware of range hazards and conduct themselves in a safe manner which is essential to the basic function of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) Improvised Explosives Detection and Synthesis (TIEDS) Center. The ERT shall serve as a support engineer and will be required to work as a member of a team employing well developed communication skills, discretion, and cooperation.


The following list is representative of the types of activities and responsibilities anticipated to be performed by the contractor, but are not limited to the following services:



  • Aid energetic material characterization efforts designed to understand explosives hazards and performance properties.
  • Develop and write safety plans, provide a range safety overview to new personnel and visitors, purchase and inventory test range equipment, prepare and maintain the explosives test range for experimentation, maintain the test range equipment, manage wastes, support and perform explosives production operations, support and perform explosives hazard and performance characterization.
  • Support operations at the Department of Homeland Security Detection Technology Center (DTC), by suppling IEs and IEDs, assisting with explosives and device handling, and retrieving the devices following detection analysis.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of policy and procedures related to waste generation, and waste disposal are essential.
  • Test fixture design and production according to drawings and schematics, experience with oscilloscopes, piezo pins, and high-speed videography.
  • Research, develop, and author whitepapers and information papers, as required.



Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Education: High School diploma.
  • Experience: At least three (3) years of experience working with explosives, pyrotechnics, propellants, explosive production / disposal and experience with blasting machines, initiators, firing units, and their maintenance.
  • Familiarity with a variety of detonation techniques.
  • Skills: Strong background in electrical engineering, welding, woodworking, and metalworking in order to assist with IED construction and lethality assessment.
  • Knowledge of chemistry, physics, materials science, and electrical engineering.
  • Familiarity with all aspects of range operation, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), and capability to clearly communicate with other EOD personnel as required.
  • Willingness to learn about chemical processes necessary to prepare energetic materials and the techniques used to characterize energetic materials and explosive formulations.
  • Competence with heavy equipment such as forklifts and tractors.
  • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Certifications: Ability to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).


Candidates must be US citizens and able to pass a background check, drug screening, and a polygraph (if required). 

Please submit your resume and a cover letter that outlines why you should be considered for this position and position level. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.


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SNA International is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.