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United States Air Force Commissioned Officer Job Descriptions

To become a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force, one must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree. In some fields, such as medical and civil engineering, specialized degrees are required.

One can obtain a commission in the United States Air Force by being selected for the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Program (ROTC), by attending the Air Force Academy, or by graduating from Officer Training School (OTS).

Below are the commissioned officer career fields (jobs) and basic qualification factors


11XX - PILOT FIELD

The Pilot Utilization Field encompasses all functions performed by rated pilot officers to conduct or directly support flying operations, including combat, combat support, and training missions. Inherently included are supervisory and staff functions such as inspection, contingency planning, and policy formulation.

Specific instruction on use of certain AFSCs:

Identify pilots with 11XX specialties appropriate to the type of missions and weapon system involved. Use the following prefixes to identify additional rated qualifications and experience, and unit manpower document positions that require these capabilities:

    B - Squadron Operations/Maintenance Officer.
    C - Commander.
    F - Aircraft Systems Flight Evaluation.
    G - Automated Systems Program Designer.
    H - Military Consultant to the Surgeon General.
    K - Instructor for weapon system designated by AFSC.
    L - Life Support.
    M - Medical Service Specialist (Physiological Training Instructor).
    P - Pilot Required.
    Q - Standardization or Flight Examiner for Weapon system designated by AFSC.
    S - Safety.
    T - Formal Training Instructor.
    V - Automated Functional Applications Analyst.
    W - Weapons and Tactics Instructor.
    Y - Analytical Studies Officer.

Identify pilots serving as instructor pilots in undergraduate pilot training and formal training units (FTU) with a T prefix.

Do not award a T prefix to instructor pilots in operational units. Prefix K identifies these instructors and authorizations.

In each fixed-wing major weapon system (MWS) specialty, use suffix R to identify pilots serving as Flight Screening Program instructors in the T-3 or T-4.

Use suffix S to identify pilots serving as Undergraduate Pilot Training Phase II instructors (T- 34/T-37). Use suffix T to identify pilots serving as Undergraduate Pilot Training Phase III instructors (T-1, T-38, or T-44). For classification purposes, Europe-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) and Pilot Instructor Training (PIT) duty is included in the S and T suffixes.

Pilots assigned to duty as Aerospace Physiology Instructors, after completion of formal training, may be identified by prefix M. The Chief, Flight Medicine, Air Force Medical Operations Agency, validates positions and awards the AFSC.

Identify requirements for staff officers above wing level with a staff AFSC (11X4). Award individuals possessing a qualified AFSC (11X3) or a staff AFSC (11X4) upon assignment to a position so identified.

Qualification level 3 designates a pilot qualified as an aircraft commander in the assigned specialty or credit. Level 2 identifies qualification as a copilot, if appropriate, for a specific system. Level 1 identifies rated pilots at the entry level for their specialty.

Current aeronautical rating and qualification for aviation service according to AFI 11-402, Aviation and Parachutist Service, Aeronautical Ratings and Badges are mandatory for award and retention of pilot AFSCs. See AFI 36-2101, Classifying Military Personnel (Officers and Airmen) for policy on retention or withdrawal of rated AFSCs for personnel disqualified from aviation service or placed in an inactive status. The following is a complete listing of AFSC for the Pilot Utilization Field.


12XX - NAVIGATOR FIELD

The Navigator Utilization Field encompasses all functions performed by rated navigator officers to conduct or directly support flying operations, including combat, combat support, and training missions. Inherently included are supervisory and staff functions such as inspection, contingency planning, and policy formulation.

Specific instruction on use of certain AFSCs:

Identify navigators by the 12XX specialties appropriate to the type of missions and weapon system involved. Use the following prefixes to identify additional rated qualifications and experience, and unit manpower document positions that require these capabilities:

    B - Squadron Operations/Maintenance Officer.
    C - Commander.
    F - Aircraft Systems Flight Evaluation.
    G - Automated Systems Program Designer.
    H - Military Consultant to the Surgeon General.
    K - Instructor for weapon system designated by AFSC.
    L - Life Support.
    M - Medical Service Specialist (Physiological Training Instructor).
    N - Navigator Required.
    Q - Standardization or Flight Examiner for Weapon system designated by AFSC.
    S - Safety.
    T - Formal Training Instructor.
    V - Automated Functional Applications Analyst.
    W - Weapons and Tactics Instructor.
    Y - Analytical Studies Officer.

Identify navigators serving as instructors in undergraduate navigator training and formal training units (FTU) with a T prefix.

Do not award the T prefix to instructor navigators in operational units. Prefix K identifies these instructors and authorizations.

In each major weapon system (MWS) specialty, use suffix T to identify navigators serving as Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training (SUNT) instructors. Only use suffix S to identify electronic warfare officers (EWO) serving as SUNT instructors.

Navigators assigned to duty as Aerospace Physiology Instructors, after completion of formal training, may be identified by prefix M. The office of the Chief, Flight Medicine, Air Force Medical Operations Agency validates positions and awards AFSCs.

Identify requirements for staff officers above wing level with a staff AFSC (12X4). Award individuals possessing a qualified AFSC (12X3) a staff AFSC (12X4) upon assignment to a position so identified.

Qualification level 3 designates a navigator qualified in the assigned specialty or shredout. Level 2 may be used to designate qualification at an intermediate level, if appropriate, for a specific shredout in AFSC 12BX. Level 1 identifies rated navigators at the entry level for their specialty.

Current aeronautical rating and qualification for aviation service according to AFI 11-402, Aviation and Parachutists Service are mandatory for award and retention of navigator AFSCs. See AFI 36-2101, Classifying Military Personnel (Officer and Airmen) for policy on retention or withdrawal of rated AFSCs for personnel disqualified from aviation service or placed in an inactive status. The following is a complete listing of AFSC for the Navigator Utilization Field.


13XX - SPACE, MISSILE, & COMMAND & CONTROL UTILIZATION FIELD

The Space, Missile, and C2 Utilization Field encompasses the major areas of astronauts, space and missile operations, air battle management, airfield operations, combat control, command posts, and airfield operations management .

The Astronaut specialty (AFSC 13AX) includes commanding space shuttle missions, piloting a space shuttle, mission specialists, accomplishing on-orbit duties, operating Department of Defense payloads, and providing manned space flight consultation .

The space and missile operations specialty (13SX) encompasses operating and managing systems involved in space surveillance, intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) launch, spacelift, ballistic space warning, and satellite command and control .

The Command and Control Operations specialties (AFSCs 13BX, 13DX, 13MX) includes:

Air Battle Manager (13BX) specialty encompasses command, management, and direction of air battle management operations, including weapons employment, data link operations, electronic protection and electronic attack, airspace management, TACP/ASOC operations, program formulation, policy planning, and inspection.

Control and Recovery (13DX) responsibilities include mission planning and managing day-to-day operations of personnel recovery (PR) activities and special tactics teams (STT) deploying to provide air traffic control support to airlift and transitory flight operations on assault zones within airhead areas. STTs initiate and issue clearances and instructions for air traffic separation, and ensure safe, orderly, and expeditious air traffic flow in and around assault zones.

Airfield Operations (13MX) functions encompassing policy planning, program formulation, direction, control evaluation, and coordination of airfield operations, including air traffic control, command, operation, administration, and inspection of these activities.

AFSCs 13X3/3X, and prefix C, will be used to identify individual unit commander authorizations and personnel below Group level.


Air Force Enlisted Job Descriptions

Air Force Specialty Codes

In the Army & Marines, an enlisted job is called an "MOS" (Military Occupation Specialty). In the Navy & Coast Guard, an enlisted job is called a "Rating." In the Air Force, and enlisted job is known as an "AFSC" (Air Force Specialty Code.

The 1st number in the AFSC is the career group. There are 9 Air Force Career Groups: 1-Operations; 2-Maintenance/Logistics; 3-Support; 4- Medical/Dental; 5-Legal/Chaplain; 6-Finance/Contracting; 7-Special Investigations; 8- Special Duty Assignments; 9-Special Reporting Identifiers.

The 2nd digit (letter) identifies the career field. The 3rd digit (numeral) indicates the career field subdivision (ie, job functional area). The 4th number in the AFSC indicates a person's skill-level. For example, someone with the AFSC "1A051" has a five-skill level.

An individual receives the "1" (helper) skill-level when they enter technical school for the AFSC. Upon graduation from technical school, they receive the "3" (apprentice) skill level. Individuals are normally awarded the "5" (journeyman) skill level after a period of on-the-job training (OJT) and correspondence courses (Called "CDCs"). Depending on the job, this process can last anywhere between 12 and 18 months. Upon promotion to Staff Sergeant, individuals enter training for the "7" (craftsman) Skill Level. "7" level training consists of more CDCs, more OJT, and (for some jobs) a 7-level technical school. Upon promotion to E-8, the person receives a "9" (superintendent) skill level.

The final digit (numeral) indicates further job division within the same functional area. Specific skills (such as type of aircraft) are designated by suffixes, such as "A" or "B."


MANNED AEROSPACE MAINTENANCE CAREER FIELD

The Manned Aerospace Maintenance Career Field includes:

Installing, maintaining, calibrating, and repairing avionics photographic and sensor equipment, integrated avionics equipment, and selected conventional avionics equipment; avionics guidance and control systems; communication and navigation systems; airborne communications, early warning radar, and electronic warfare equipment; and avionics support equipment.

Installing, removing, maintaining, and repairing aircrew egress, fuel, and pneudraulic systems including in-flight refueling systems; and maintaining aerospace ground equipment used in direct support of aircraft weapon systems.

Maintaining, repairing, and fabricating fabric and rubber equipment, protective covers, sound proofing, aircraft thermal radiation barriers, upholstery, fabric and rubberized protective clothing, life rafts, life preservers, and other fabric and rubber articles. Inspecting, maintaining, repairing, and packing personnel, deceleration, and cargo and aerial delivery parachutes; and nondestructive inspection of aerospace material parts, components, and pressurized systems. Maintaining, repairing, and modifying helicopters, turboprop aircraft, propeller aircraft, and jet aircraft.

Maintaining aircraft propellers and jet engines that includes installing, removing, maintaining, and repairing turbojet and ramjet engines when installed on missile systems, and maintaining small, fuel, air turbine auxiliary engines installed on aircraft weapon systems.

Installing, removing, maintaining, and repairing aircraft electrical systems, environmental systems, and other accessory systems installed in aircraft weapon systems. Accessory systems include oxygen, heating, cooling, fire extinguishing, pressurizing, and air turbine auxiliary test systems.

Fabricating, molding, shaping, cutting, and joining metals; repairing metal parts; aircraft structural repairs, metal heat treating, welding, plating, forging, and machining; installing, modifying, and forming plastic articles; and maintaining and repairing fiber-glass-covered aircraft control surfaces; inspecting and preserving aircraft parts and materials. It also includes corrosion control for missile, aircraft, and support systems.

Excluded from this career field are the corrosion control and sheet metal functions associated with civil engineering areas of responsibility. Also, excluded from this career field are those functions associated with maintaining skid-mounted cryogenic storage containers. The following is a complete listing of AFSCs for the Manned Aerospace Maintenance Career Field.


2A0X1 - AVIONICS TEST STATION AND COMPONENTS

Specialty Summary. Performs and manages avionics test station functions and activities. Operates, inspects, maintains, programs, and calibrates computer and manually operated avionics test equipment, support equipment (SE), and aircraft avionics systems components. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 198.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Analyzes performance and isolates malfunctions of avionics test equipment, SE, and aircraft components. Performs operational tests on test equipment, SE, and aircraft components to determine condition, analyze performance, and isolate malfunctions in the radar, sensors, communications, weapons control, electronic warfare (EW), and flight control and engine control systems. Traces logic, schematic, test flow, and wiring diagrams.

Uses self-test and software functions, computer and manually operated avionics test equipment, SE, and test measurement and diagnostic equipment to determine the scope of repair and adjustment required.

Inspects, maintains, programs, and calibrates avionics equipment, SE, and aircraft components. Removes and replaces assembly components using hand tools, soldering devices, and electronic instruments. Repairs EW systems and pods, sensor systems and components, wiring harnesses and interconnecting cables. Services, replaces, and cleans filtration and cooling components, and performs maintenance on test stations and avionics SE. Repairs amplifier and logic circuits; microwave equipment; servomechanisms; radio frequency circuits; video displays; and power supply circuits. Loads computer programs. Aligns, calibrates, and modifies avionics test equipment, SE, and aircraft components.

Manages integrated avionics activities and complies with directives, policies, and procedures. Complies with maintenance standards. Initiates deficiency reports, maintenance analysis documents, technical data changes, and equipment records. Interprets, establishes, and complies with training, security, and safety standards. Ensures compliance with directives governing handling, use, and disposal of hazardous waste and material. Records information on data collection forms and automated systems. Directs and controls maintenance, calibration, and inspection of integrated avionics test stations and aircraft components.

Plans and organizes integrated avionics activities. Plans and organizes integrated avionics equipment assembly, calibration, repair, modification, and maintenance activities. Plans physical layout of facilities, and ensures SE and spare parts availability.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: electrical theory and electronic fundamentals, including solid-state, binary, digital, octal, and hexadecimal numbering systems; metrology principles; Boolean algebra; computer logic, and programming principles and language; printed circuitry; microwave, radar, and electronic warfare principles; microminiature solid state devices; operating principles of avionics components supported by test stations; electrically actuated mechanical device theory; operating principles of basic measuring and testing devices; interpreting schematic, logic, data flow, and wiring diagrams; interpreting programming tables and technical publications; using, caring for, and applying special, standard, and common hand tools; interpreting testing, measuring, and referencing devices; concepts and application of applicable maintenance directives; Air Force supply procedures; and use and disposal of hazardous waste and material.

Education. Completion of high school is desirable with courses in physics, algebra, trigonometry, and computer principles.

Training. For award of AFSC 2A031X, completion of the applicable suffix basic avionics test station and components course is mandatory.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated: (Note: See Explanation of Air Force Specialty Codes).

    2A051X. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A031X. Also, experience in functions such as identifying performance and isolating malfunctions encountered with avionic components; using and repairing avionic electrical, electronic, and mechanical equipment; or aligning and calibrating avionic test stations and SE.

    2A071X. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A051X. Also, experience performing or supervising functions such as installing, inspecting, repairing, or overhauling avionic test stations and SE.


2A3X1 - A-10, F-15, AND U-2 AVIONICS SYSTEMS

Specialty Summary. Isolates malfunctions, and repairs and inspects A-10, F-15, and U-2 integrated avionics systems at organizational levels. Inspects, services and performs general aircraft handling procedures. Related DoD Occupational Sub- group: 198.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Identifies and isolates A-10, F-15, and U-2 integrated avionics systems malfunctions, and analyzes performance. Operates integrated avionics systems to determine operational condition. Interprets equipment operation to isolate malfunctions in systems such as attack control, instrument, flight control, communications, navigation, and penetration aids. Traces data flow and wiring diagrams. Uses built-in test functions, electronic measuring equipment, support aerospace ground equipment (AGE), and hand tools.

Monitors equipment performance and detects and analyzes malfunctions.

Removes, installs, aligns, and checks integrated avionics systems. Removes and installs line replaceable units, and aligns systems. Operationally checks externally mounted avionics equipment. Boresights systems. Performs intermediate or organizational maintenance level modifications.

Inspects integrated avionics systems, post entries, and maintain inspection and maintenance records. Inspects avionics systems and determines operational status. Interprets inspection findings, and determines corrective action adequacy. Reviews maintenance management publications and procedures to obtain avionics systems information. Recommends methods to improve equipment performance and maintenance procedures. Uses automated maintenance systems. Inputs, validates, and analyzes data processed to automated systems. Clears and closes out completed maintenance discrepancies in automated maintenance systems.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. is mandatory of: electronic, microelectronic, gyro, synchro, mechanical, and indicator princi ples, theory, and application; factors involved in transmitting and receiving within the radio frequency and radar frequency ranges; digital computer logic; using and interpreting testing and measuring devices; principles of aerodynamics and motion and power transmission by mechanical and electronic means; electronic combat principles; and concepts and application of maintenance directives.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in physics and mathematics is desirable.

Training. The following training is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

    2A331X. Completion of the applicable suffix basic avionics systems course.

    2A371. of the advanced A-10, F-15, and U-2 avionics systems course.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated: (Note: See Explanation of Air Force Specialty Codes).

    2A351X. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A331X. Also, experience in functions such as isolating malfunc tions, installing line replaceable units, and using AGE necessary to maintain avionics systems.

    2A371. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A351X. Also, experience performing or supervising functions such as installing, maintaining, or inspecting A-10, F-15, or U-2 avionics systems.


2A3X2 - F-16, F-117, RQ-1, AND CV-22 AVIONIC SYSTEMS

Specialty Summary: Maintains F-16, F-117, RQ-1, and CV-22 aircraft avionic systems at the organizational level. Performs and supervises general aircraft servicing and handling procedures. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 119800.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Operates avionic systems by using aircraft controls and displays to determine operational condition. Interprets equipment operating characteristics to isolate malfunctions in systems such as attack control, radar, infrared, laser, instruments, displays, flight control, communication, navigation, satellite communications, identification, defensive and offensive, and defensive or offensive electronic warfare systems. Uses technical data to trace wiring diagrams and signal data flow. Uses built-in test functions, support equipment, electronic measuring equipment, aerospace ground equipment (AGE), and hand tools.

Removes and installs system components.

Performs and supervises alignment, calibration, and boresight of avionic systems. Performs and supervises modifications. Uploads operational software into system components. Removes, installs, performs, and supervises operational checks of externally mounted electronic countermeasures equipment. Enters maintenance data into automated systems.

Inspects, analyzes and evaluates avionic systems to determine operational status. Interprets inspection findings and determines adequacy of corrective action. Reviews maintenance management publications and procedures. Recommends methods to improve equipment performance and maintenance procedures.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of electronics, microprocessors and mechanics; gyro, synchro, and servo principles; theory of flight; electromechanical and electro-optical devices working principles; subsystem tie-in between avionic systems; digital computer logic; aircraft electrical and hydraulic systems; use, care, and interpretation of test and measurement devices; principles of motion and power transmission by mechanical and electrical means; and concepts and application of maintenance directives.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in physics, mathematics, and computers is desirable.

Training.

For award of AFSC 2A332, completion of the basic avionic systems course is mandatory.

For award of AFSC 2A372, completion of the advanced avionic systems course is mandatory.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

2A352. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A332, also, experience in installing line replaceable units, practical use of system theory, and using AGE necessary to maintain avionic systems.

2A372. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A352, also, experience in isolating malfunctions, and performing or supervising functions such as malfunction analysis or installation of avionic systems.
 


2A3X3 - TACTICAL AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE

Specialty Summary: Maintains tactical aircraft, support equipment, and forms and records. Performs and supervises flight chief, expediter, crew chief, repair and reclamation, quality assurance, and maintenance support functions. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 600.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Services aircraft. Performs end-of-runway, postflight, preflight, thru-flight, and phase inspections. Performs integrated combat turns and hot pit refuels. Advises on problems maintaining, servicing, and inspecting aircraft and related aerospace equipment. Uses technical data to diagnose and solve maintenance problems on aircraft systems. Interprets and advises on maintenance procedures and policies to repair aircraft and related equipment.

Troubleshoots and maintains aircraft structures, systems, components, and related equipment.

Removes and installs aircraft components. Conducts functional tests of repaired components and systems. Adjusts, aligns, and rigs aircraft systems. Supervises and performs aircraft jacking, lifting, and towing operations.

Inspects aircraft structures, systems, components, and related systems. Supervises and performs aircraft and component inspections. Interprets inspection findings and determines adequacy of corrective actions. Inspects and checks components for clearances, tolerances, proper installation, and operation. Inspects and operates powered and nonpowered aerospace ground equipment. Inspects and identifies aircraft corrosion for prevention and repair. Reviews maintenance forms, aircraft records, automated maintenance data systems, and historical reports to ensure complete documentation. Inventories and maintains aircraft equipment.

Performs flight chief, production superintendent, expediter, crew chief, repair and reclamation, and maintenance support functions. Coordinates maintenance plans and schedules to meet operational commitments. Supervises and assists in launching and recovering aircraft. Reviews maintenance data collection summaries to determine trends and production effectiveness. Performs crash recovery duties. Performs staff and supervisory management functions.


Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: principles applying to aircraft systems; concepts and application of maintenance directives and data reporting; using technical data; Air Force supply and deficiency reporting procedures; and proper handling, use, and disposal of hazardous waste and materials.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school is desirable with courses in physics, pneudraulics, and electronics.

Training.

For award of AFSC 2A333X, completion of a suffix specific basic aircraft maintenance course is mandatory.

For award of AFSC 2A373X, completion of a suffix specific craftsman aircraft maintenance course is mandatory.


2A5X1 - AEROSPACE MAINTENANCE

Specialty Summary: Maintains aircraft, support equipment (SE), and forms and records. Performs production supervisor, flight chief, expediter, crew chief, support, aero repair, and maintenance functions. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 600.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Advises on problems maintaining, servicing, and inspecting aircraft and aerospace SE. Uses technical data to diagnose and solve maintenance problems on aircraft systems. Interprets and advises on maintenance procedures and policies to repair aircraft and SE.

Troubleshoots and maintains aircraft structures, systems, components, and SE. Tests repaired components using mockups and test equipment. Adjusts, aligns, rigs, and calibrates aircraft systems. Performs engine run-up.

Accomplishes weight and balance functions. Jacks, tows, and services aircraft.

Inspects aircraft structures, systems, components, and SE. Supervises and performs aircraft and component inspections. Interprets inspection findings and determines adequacy of corrective actions. Inspects and checks components for clearances, tolerances, proper installation, and operation. Inspects and operates powered and nonpowered aerospace ground equipment. Inspects and identifies aircraft corrosion for prevention and correction. Reviews maintenance forms, aircraft records, and reports to ensure complete documentation. Inventories and maintains alternate mission equipment.

Performs production supervisor, flight chief, expediter, crew chief, aero repair, support, and maintenance functions. Coordinates maintenance plans to meet operational commitments. Supervises and assists in launching and recovering aircraft. Reviews maintenance data collection summaries to determine trends and production effectiveness. Performs crash recovery duties. Performs staff and supervisory management functions.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: principles applying to aircraft systems; concepts and application of maintenance directives and data reporting; using technical data; Air Force supply procedures; and proper handling, use, and disposal of hazardous waste and materials.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in pneudraulics, physics, and electronics is desirable.

Training. For award of AFSC 2A531X, completion of a suffix specific basic aerospace maintenance course is mandatory.


2A551X. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A531X. Also, experience in functions such as repairing and maintaining aircraft or related installed equipment.

2A571. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A551X. Also, experience performing or supervising functions such as installing, repairing, inspecting, or overhauling aircraft structures, systems, and components.


2A5X2 - HELICOPTER MAINTENANCE

Specialty Summary: Performs and supervises helicopter maintenance functions and activities. Inspects, repairs, maintains, and services helicopters and support equipment (SE). Maintains aircraft forms and records. Performs crew chief functions. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 600.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Troubleshoots, inspects, repairs, and services helicopter aircraft, systems, and related equipment. Inspects and functionally checks helicopter structures and systems. Checks installed components for proper operation. Adjusts, aligns, and calibrates aircraft systems. Rigs, tracks, and balances rotor systems. Inspects for fuel leaks, corrosion, tire wear, skin damage, and cracks on aircraft. Accomplishes engine maintenance and ground handling tasks.

Prepares and maintains inspection and maintenance records. Operates, inspects, and checks serviceability of powered and nonpowered ground SE. Inventories and inspects alternate mission equipment.

Stores and prepares aircraft for shipment, and performs crash recovery. Prepares aircraft for movement to and from storage. Disassembles helicopters for shipment and reassembles. Removes disabled aircraft. Uses emergency recovery equipment.

Advises on problems maintaining helicopters and related SE. Uses technical orders to diagnose and solve maintenance problems on airframe and engine related systems. Interprets inspection findings and advises on maintenance procedures to repair aircraft and related equipment.

Performs staff and supervisory management functions. Coordinates and adjusts individual and unit daily maintenance plans. Supervises and assists in launching and recovering aircraft. Ensures compliance with maintenance management directives. Initiates technical order deficiency and product quality deficiency reports. Reviews maintenance data collection summaries to determine trends, production effectiveness, and areas requiring corrective action.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: supply procedures; electrical theory; mechanical principles applying to aircraft; flight theory; hydraulic principles; concepts and application of maintenance directives; maintenance data reporting; technical order use; and proper handling, use, and disposal of hazardous waste and materials.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school is desirable, with courses in mechanics, physics, hydraulics, and electronics.

Training. For award of AFSC 2A532X, completion of a suffix specific basic helicopter maintenance course is mandatory.
 


2A5X3 - INTEGRATED AVIONICS SYSTEMS

Specialty Summary: Analyzes malfunctions, inspects, removes, maintains, and installs integrated avionics systems. Performs and supervises avionics maintenance and general aircraft servicing and handling. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 198.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Operates and maintains avionics systems. Analyzes equipment operating characteristics to isolate malfunctions in avionics systems, radar, integrated test systems built-in-test (BIT), multiplexed data buss systems, recording systems, firee control systems, video display systems, flight instrumental, mission computer systems, electro-optical viewing systems (EVS), inertial navigation systems (INS), primary and secondary flight controls, automatic flight control, engine instrumentation, fuel management systems, central air data systems, electronic warfare (EW) systems, sensors, communication, and navigation systems, aircraft indicating systems, airborne warning and control systems (WACS), surveillance radar, joint surveillance target attack radar systems (JSTARS), and interrogator systems.

Removes, installs, checks, and repairs avionics systems and line replaceable units (LRU). Diagnoses malfunctions using technical orders, schematics, wiring diagrams, integrated test systems and other test equipment. Removes, replaces, and repairs faulty system wiring, electrical connectors, antennas, transmission lines, and multiconductor cables. Modifies avionics systems according to technical publications. Updates operational logs, inspection records, aircraft forms, and automated maintenance systems. Performs and supervises alignment, calibration, and boresight of avionics systems. Uploads ground maintenance and operational software. Performs off-equipment maintenance on selected avionics LRUs and maintains peculiar support equipment (SE).

Inspects and evaluates aircraft maintenance activities. Inspects and verifies operational status and configuration of avionics systems and software. Records and ensures validity of entries into maintenance data collection and inspection systems. Resolves and assists units in solving maintenance and supply problems. Interprets and recommends corrective action to inspection findings. Prepares aircraft for low altitude attack profiles, precision bombing, convert operations, and reconnaissance.

Plans, organizes and directs aircraft maintenance activities. Establishes methods and performance standards. Analyzes reports and maintenance plans. Directs operation and modification of standard operating procedures. Establishes priorities. Evaluates activities for compliance with directives.Supervises and assists in aircraft ground servicing, and launch/recovery operations. Reviews maintenance data collection summaries to determine trends and production effectiveness. May perform as aircraft Dedicated Crew Chief.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: interpreting and applying mechanical, wiring, and electronic circuit diagrams; electronic, micro-processor, data bus, and mechanical principles theory and application; theory of flight; gyros, synchros, indicators, memory storage devices, antennas, servomechanisms, electromechanical, electro-hydraulic, and electro-optical devices; radar, radio frequency communication, surveillance radar and interrogator systems, pulse Doppler radar theory, dependent navigation aides, inertial and radar navigation, electronic countermeasure transmitters and receivers; lasers, infrared/ultraviolet receivers; optics, automatic flight controls, instruments, multiplexing, fire control, vide display, and digital computer systems working principles; subsystem tie-in between integrated avionics systems; using and interpreting testing and measuring devices; principles of motion and power transmission by fluid, mechanical and electrical means; and concepts and application of maintenance directives.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in physics, computers, and mathematics is desirable.

Training.

For award of AFSC 2A533X, completion of the applicable suffix basic avionics systems course is mandatory.

For award of AFSC 2A573X, completion of the craftsman course is mandatory.

2A553X. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A533X. Also, experience isolating malfunctions, removing and installing LRUs, and use of test and ground SE.

2A573X. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A553X. Also, experience performing or supervising functions such as analyzing and isolating integrated avionics systems malfunctions and using test equipment


2A6X1 - AEROSPACE PROPULSION

Specialty Summary: Inspects, maintains, modifies, tests, and repairs propellers, turboprop and turboshaft engines, jet engines, small gas turbine engines, and engine ground support equipment (SE). Manages aerospace propulsion functions and activities. Related DOD Occupational Subgroup: 601.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Plans, organizes, and directs aerospace propulsion maintenance activities. Interprets and implements directives and publications pertaining to maintenance functions, including environmentally safe maintenance practices. Determines resource requirements, including facilities, equipment, and supplies. Inspects and evaluates maintenance activities.

Advises, performs troubleshooting, and determines repair procedures on aircraft engines.

Diagnoses and repairs malfunctions using technical publications. Solves maintenance problems by studying drawings, wiring and schematic diagrams, technical instructions, and analyzing operating characteristics of aircraft engines and propellers. Inspects, certifies, and approves completed maintenance actions.

Removes, installs, inspects, repairs, and modifies engines, engine modules and components, and propellers and propeller components. Disassembles and assembles engines and propellers adhering to prescribed procedures. Prepares engines and propellers for installation, storage, or transportation. Tests components using bench mockups and test equipment. Installs and removes engines on test stands, and operates, evaluates, and performs test stand functions on engines. Accomplishes operator maintenance on test stands. Inspects and maintains engine ground SE. Operates and performs operator inspections on related SE. Selects, uses, and cares for special tools, hand tools, and test equipment. Uses and disposes of hazardous waste and materials.

Analyzes, interprets, and recommends maintenance actions based on unscheduled engine removals and engine monitoring system data. Coordinates with the base engine manager to analyze scheduled engine removals; recommends forecast actions to the weekly or monthly maintenance schedules.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: mechanical, hydro mechanical, electrical, and pneudraulic principles applying to jet and turboprop engines, and propellers; oil analysis principles; wear metal criteria and guidelines; concepts and application of maintenance directives; using and interpreting diagrams and technical publications; and the proper handling, use, and disposal of hazardous waste and materials.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in general science, mechanics, or mathematics is desirable.

Training. For award of AFSC 2A631B/C/D or E, completion of a basic, suffix specific, aerospace propulsion maintenance course is mandatory.

    2A651A. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A631C, D, or E. Also, experience in functions such as installing, maintaining, or repairing aerospace aircraft jet engines.

    2A651B. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A631B. Also, experience in functions such as installing, maintaining, or repairing aircraft turboprop or turboshaft propulsion engines or propellers.

    2A671X. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A651X. Also, experience performing or supervising functions involving installation, repair, testing, or modification of engines or propellers.

    2A691. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A671X. Also, experience managing or directing repair activities for aerospace aircraft engines, propellers, and associated maintenance functions.

Other. For entry into this specialty, normal color vision as defined in AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards, is mandatory.

Specialty Shredouts:

Suffix Portion of AFS to Which Related

    A Jet Engines
    B Turboprop and Turboshaft Propulsion
    C TF33 CF6, F103, F108, F117, JT3D-3, TF33, TF34, TF39, PW 2020 Jet Engines
    D F100, F119 Jet Engines
    E F101, F110, F118, F404, J85 Jet Engines

NOTE: Shredout A is applicable to the 5- and 7-skill levels only. Shredout B is applicable to the 1-, 3-, 5-, and 7-skill levels. Shredouts C, D, and E are applicable at the 1- and 3-skill levels only. Shredouts C, D, and E merge to form shredout A at the 5-skill level.


2A6X2 - AEROSPACE GROUND EQUIPMENT

Specialty Summary: Maintains aerospace ground equipment (AGE) to support aircraft systems or subsystems. Manages AGE functions and activities. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 602.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Performs scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on AGE. Inspects, tests, and operates AGE to determine equipment serviceability and proper operation.

Diagnoses mechanical and electronic circuitry malfunctions using visual and auditory senses, test equipment, and technical publications. Removes, disassembles, repairs, cleans, treats for corrosion, assembles, and re-installs AGE accessories and component.

Stencils and marks AGE. Services equipment with fuel, oil, coolant, water, hydraulic fluid, and air. Operates, cleans, inspects, and services AGE towing vehicles.

Maintains vehicle forms. Provides dispatch service for AGE, including positioning equipment to support aircraft maintenance and flying operations.

Diagnoses malfunctions and repairs AGE. Advises and performs troubleshooting on AGE before assigning repair action. Inspects and approves completed maintenance actions. Prepares AGE for storage and mobility deployment. Solves repair problems by studying drawings, wiring diagrams and schematics, and technical publications. Uses automated maintenance system to monitor maintenance trends, analyze equipment requirements, maintain equipment records, and document maintenance actions. Analyzes and repairs ground support equipment using conventional and digital multimeters, voltmeters, ohmmeters, frequency counters, oscilloscopes, circuit card testers, transistor testers, and hand tools. Maintains external fuel and grounding systems. Stores, handles, uses, and disposes of hazardous material and waste according to environmental standards.

Plans and organizes AGE maintenance activities. Establishes production controls and standards. Interprets and implements policy directives and instructions pertaining to maintenance, including environmentally safe maintenance practices. Determines resource requirements, including facilities, training, equipment, and supplies. Inspects maintenance activities, evaluates resource use, and recommends corrective actions. Determines equipment serviceability criteria where it does not exist. Encourages quality Air Force activities.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge.

Knowledge is mandatory of: principles of electricity, electronics, general mechanics, heating, refrigeration, pneumatics, hydraulics, and reciprocating and turbine engines; troubleshooting, inspecting, repairing, and modifying equipment;5???; use of automated maintenance systems; application of maintenance management techniques; interpretation of maintenance directives, technical publications, drawings, wiring diagrams and schematics; and proper identification, handling, use, and disposal of hazardous waste materials.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in general science and industrial arts is desirable.

Training. For award of AFSC 2A632, completion of a basic AGE training course is mandatory.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated.

    2A652. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A632. Also, experience in functions such as inspecting, modifying, or repairing AGE.

    2A672. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A652. Also, experience performing or supervising functions such as inspecting, modifying, repairing, or troubleshooting AGE.

    2A692. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A672. Also, experience managing AGE functions and activities.

Other. For entry into this specialty, normal color vision as defined in AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards, is mandatory.


2A6X3 - AIRCREW EGRESS SYSTEMS

Specialty Summary: Maintains aircraft egress systems including ejection seats, canopies, hatches, and modules; explosive components; subsystems; and related support equipment (SE). Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 602

Duties and Responsibilities:

Advises on and solves installation, maintenance, and repair problems by studying schematic and technical publications. Diagnoses malfunctions and recommends corrective action. Implements maintenance and safety policies for egress systems.

Performs scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on egress systems. Removes and installs egress systems. Ensures egress explosive cartridge activated devices (CAD) and pressure activated devices (PAD) are safe and disarmed prior to performing maintenance. Performs operational and functional tests of egress systems, subsystems, and components using test equipment and test kits.

Applies corrosion control procedures to escape systems and related components. Operates and maintains related SE. Uses the automated maintenance system to monitor maintenance trends, analyze equipment requirements, maintain equipment records, document maintenance actions, and time change database.

Performs integrity inspections of the escape system. Inspects egress systems, subsystems, and components for safety, security, and serviceability. Inspects and determines serviceability of CAD and PAD devices based on shelf and service life limits. Uses and disposes of hazardous waste and materials according to environmental standards.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of mechanical, pneumatic, and electrical principles applying to aircrew egress systems; concepts and application of applicable maintenance directives; and using and interpreting schematic drawings, and technical publications.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in general science or mathematics is desirable.

Training. For award of AFSC 2A633, completion of a basic aircrew egress system maintenance course is mandatory.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated.

    2A653. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A633. Also, experience in functions such as removing, inspecting, installing, repairing, and modifying aircrew egress systems and components.

    2A673. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A653. Also, experience performing or supervising functions involved in maintaining and inspecting egress systems and subsystems.

Other. For entry into this specialty, normal color vision as defined in AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards, is mandatory.

Citizenship: Yes


2A6X4 - AIRCRAFT FUEL SYSTEMS

Specialty Summary: Removes, repairs, inspects, installs, and modifies aircraft fuel systems including integral fuel tanks, bladder cells, and external tanks. Maintains associated hardware and equipment. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 602.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Advises on aircraft fuel systems removal, repair, and installation maintenance procedures and policies. Diagnoses fuel system and component malfunctions. Recommends corrective actions and resolves problems using technical publications and analytic techniques.

Performs maintenance on aircraft fuel tanks and cells. Removes access panels, and depuddles, purges, repairs, and tests fuel tanks and cells. Performs entry and maintenance in confined spaces . Removes, repairs, and replaces malfunctioning components.

Prepares aircraft surfaces, and applies sealants, adhesives, and associated chemicals.

Supervises, inspects, and evaluates aircraft fuel systems maintenance activities. Cleans fuel cells and tanks, and inspects for foreign objects, corrosion, cell deterioration, and fungus. Stores, handles, uses, and disposes of hazardous material and waste. Initiates deficiency reports, maintenance analysis documents, technical data changes, and equipment records. Records information on data collection forms and automated systems.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: internal hardware such as valves, interconnects, lines, gauges, controls, pumps, and other attachments; sealing materials; sheet metal parts; rubber properties and organic sealing compound applications; layout drawing use; technical publications; concepts and applications of maintenance directives; work policies and procedures; and proper handling, use, and disposal of hazardous waste and material.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in general science or physics is desirable.

Training. The following training is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

2A634. Completion of a basic aircraft fuel systems maintenance course.

2A674. Completion of the advanced aircraft fuel systems course.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated.

    2A654. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A634. Also, experience in functions such as installing, repairing, or modifying aircraft fuel systems and related components.

    2A674. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A654. Also, experience supervising functions such as installing, repairing, or modifying aircraft fuel systems.

Other. For entry into this specialty, normal color vision as defined in AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards, is mandatory.


2A6X5 - AIRCRAFT HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS

Specialty Summary: Troubleshoots, removes, repairs, overhauls, inspects, and installs aircraft hydraulic systems and components, including support equipment (SE). Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 602.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Advises on problems maintaining aircraft hydraulic systems and SE. Determines maintenance procedures and performance characteristics using technical publications. Diagnoses malfunctions and recommends corrective action.

Performs maintenance on aircraft hydraulic systems. Troubleshoots, removes, repairs, overhauls, replaces, adjusts, and tests malfunctioning components.

Inspects aircraft hydraulic systems, components and SE. Performs system operational checks. Stores, handles, uses, and disposes of hazardous material and waste according to environmental standards.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge.

Knowledge is mandatory of: hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, and mechanical principles applying to aircraft and support equipment; hydraulic systems; concepts and applications of maintenance directives; using and interpreting schematics, wiring diagrams, and technical publications; and proper handling, use, and disposal of hazardous waste and materials.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in hydraulics or general science is desirable.

Training. The following training is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

2A635. Completion of a basic aircraft hydraulic systems maintenance course.

2A675. Completion the advanced aircraft hydraulic systems course.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated.

2A655. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A635. Also, experience in functions such as repairing hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical systems, components, and SE.

2A675. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A655. Also, experience performing or supervising maintenance functions in repair of aircraft hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical systems, components, and SE.

Other. For entry into this specialty, normal color vision as defined in AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards, is mandatory.


2A6X6 - AIRCRAFT ELECTRICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS

Specialty Summary: Performs and supervises aircraft electrical and environmental (E & E) functions and activities. Troubleshoots, inspects, removes, installs, repairs, modifies, overhauls, and operates aircraft E & E systems, components, and associated support equipment. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 602.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Inspects, troubleshoots, and maintains aircraft E & E systems, subsystems, components, and associated test equipment. E & E on-equipment systems include direct and alternating current; gas turbine compressors and auxiliary power units; landing gear, anti-skid, and nose wheel steering; electronic engine control, ignition, and starting; lighting; master caution and warning; take-off warning; flight control; cargo door and cargo delivery equipment; non-electro static application windows; anti-icing; fire and overheat warning; fire extinguishing and suppression; fuel control; liquid cooling; air conditioning, bleed air, cabin pressurization, and auxiliary pressurization; oxygen; and aircraft utility systems.

Performs off-equipment maintenance on E & E system components and associated test equipment.

Included are control, protection, caution, and warning panels; lighting equipment; frequency and load controls; anti-icing controllers; inverters; voltage regulators; nose wheel steering and anti-skid amplifiers; generators and integrated drive generators; actuators, relays, motors, and valves; lighting equipment; fire and overheat panels; fire extinguishing equipment; aircraft batteries; and special equipment testers. Performs cryogenic maintenance on mobile aircraft servicing units. Maintains electrical wiring and connectors. Uses electrical, electronic, pneumatic, and other test and support equipment. Maintains compressed gas equipment.

Inspects and evaluates aircraft E & E maintenance activities. Determines operational status of assigned assets. Interprets inspection findings and determines corrective actions. Ensures compliance with technical publications and directives.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: electrical, electronic, and mechanical principles relating to E & E systems; concepts and application of maintenance directives; meaning of symbols used in wiring diagrams, blueprints, and schematics; and proper handling, use, and disposal of hazardous waste and materials.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in basic electronics, mathematics, general science, and mechanics is desirable.

Training. The following training is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

2A636. Completion of a basic aircraft E & E systems maintenance course.

2A676. Completion of the advanced aircraft E & E systems maintenance course.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated.

2A656. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A636. Also, experience maintaining electrical, electronic, and environmental systems.

2A676. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A656. Also, experience performing or supervising
E & E maintenance.

Other. For entry into this specialty, normal color vision as defined in AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards, is mandatory.


2A7X1 - AIRCRAFT METALS TECHNOLOGY

Specialty Summary: Designs, welds, heat treats, fabricates, and machines precision tools, components, and assemblies for aerospace weapon systems and related support equipment (SE). Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 700.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Advises on metals machining, welding, designing, and production problems. Designs, manufactures, or modifies special precision tools, gauges, dies, and fixtures to facilitate metal working operations. Performs metals technology shop calculations such as determining cutting speeds and settings, welding processes, and preheat and postheat requirements. Welds, brazes, solders, and heat treats metals. Uses manual and computer numerical controlled (CNC) metal working machines, mills, and lathes to manufacture and repair cams, gears, slots, and keyways for aircraft components and SE.

Writes programs for CNC machines using manual and Computer Aided Design-Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD-CAM) methods. Checks completed components and determines serviceability in accordance with drawings and specifications.

Disassembles, assembles, and fits component parts using machine screws, bolts, rivets, press fits, and welding techniques. Uses metal working equipment, tools, and supplies to produce surface finishing specifications for components. Extracts broken or damaged hardware. Checks components for wear tolerances using precision measuring devices.

Maintains and inspects hand tools and metal working machinery. Performs operator maintenance and service inspections on shop equipment and tools. Ensures lock out and tag out procedures are accomplished prior to maintenance on all equipment. Uses and disposes of hazardous waste and materials according to environmental standards.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: metal repair and fabrication processes; composition of metals and machinable materials; weld specifications; metal tempering; forging; mechanical drawings; use of precision measuring devices and tools; metal fabricating by oxyacetylene, metallic arc, and inert gas shielded arc; operation and capacity of metal working and welding equipment; use and fabrication of layout and fixture devices; safety codes and practices regarding equipment and supplies; hazards of explosive gasses, hazardous rays, and fumes; and proper handling, use, and disposal of hazardous waste and materials.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in shop mathematics, metal working, or mechanical drawing is desirable.

Training.

For award of AFSC 2A731, completion of a basic aircraft metals technology course is mandatory.

For award of AFSC 2A771, completion of the craftsman aircraft metals technology course is mandatory.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated.

2A751. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A731. Also, experience in functions such as gas and electric welding, boring, milling, shaping, grinding metal, or using precision measuring devices.

2A771. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A751. Also, experience performing or supervising functions dealing with welding, using precision measuring devices, and machining.

Other. The following are mandatory as indicated:

For entry, award, and retention of AFSCs 2A711/31/51/71, normal depth perception as defined in AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards.


2A7X2 - NONDESTRUCTIVE INSPECTION

Specialty Summary: Inspects aerospace weapon systems components and support equipment for structural integrity using nondestructive inspection methods and performs fluid analysis. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 760.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Determines test method, and prepares fluids and parts for nondestructive inspection. Interprets nondestructive inspection test results, and provides information about defects to repair center. Analyzes wear metal content on engine lubricating oil and other fluids, and recommends corrective action. Establishes radiation areas for radiographic operations. Computes and monitors personal exposure areas for radiographic operations, and monitors personnel exposure data.

Performs nondestructive inspection on structures, components, and systems.

Detects flaws such as cracks, delaminations, voids, processing defects, and heat damage using penetrant, eddy current, magnetic particle, radiographic, optical, and ultrasonic test equipment. Determines metallurgical information of components according to alloy, temper, conductivity, and associated factors.

Operates, maintains, and inspects nondestructive equipment. Performs operator maintenance and service inspections on shop equipment and tools. Ensures lock out and tag out procedures are accomplished prior to maintenance on equipment. Performs silver recovery functions. Handles and disposes of hazardous waste and materials.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: characteristics of metals identification; wear metals identification and content; metal discontinuity and flaw detection; operation and maintenance of nondestructive test and oil analysis equipment; safety codes and practices; radiological safety and radiation monitoring procedures; technical orders and directives; and proper handling, use, and disposal of hazardous waste and materials.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in mathematics, chemistry, industrial technology, physics, and shop is desirable. Also, completion of computer knowledge courses is desirable.

Training. The following training is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

2A732. Completion of a basic nondestructive inspection course.

2A772. Completion of an advanced nondestructive inspection course.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated.

2A752. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A732. Also, experience flaw detection process controls, equipment calibration and maintenance, safety directives, and hazardous waste programs.

2A772. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A752. Also, experience supervising functions such as those involved in a nondestructive inspection laboratory.

Other. The following are mandatory as indicated:

For entry into this specialty, normal color vision as defined in AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards, is mandatory.

For duty in and award of this AFSC, minimum age is 18 years.


2A7X3 - AIRCRAFT STRUCTURAL MAINTENANCE

Specialty Summary: Designs, repairs, modifies and fabricates aircraft, metal, plastic, composite, advanced composite, low observables, and bonded structural parts and components. Applies preservative treatments to aircraft, missiles, and support equipment (SE). Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 603.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Assembles structural parts and components to meet requirements for preserving structural integrity and low observable qualities. Assesses damage to aircraft structural components and low observable coatings. Advises on structural and low observable repair, modification, and corrosion protection treatment with respect to original strength, weight, and contour to maintain structural and low observable integrity. Ensures aircraft component balance is maintained.

Assembles repairs using special fasteners and adhesives. Checks repairs for serviceability according to specifications and technical publications. Manufactures jigs, fixtures, forms, and molds.

Paints aircraft, missiles, and support equipment (SE). Identifies, removes, and treats corrosion using mechanical and chemical procedures. Applies corrosion protective and low observable coatings. Applies aircraft paint schemes and markings.

Uses metalworking equipment and tools to form, cut, bend, and fasten replacement or repair parts to damaged structures and components. Fabricates, repairs, and assembles tubing and cable assemblies for aerospace weapon systems and SE. Maintains and inspects tools and equipment. Performs operator maintenance and service inspections on shop equipment and tools. Ensures lockout and tagout procedures are accomplished prior to performing shop equipment maintenance. Stores, handles, and disposes of hazardous waste and materials according to environmental standards.

Inspects structures and components and determines operational status. Interprets inspection findings, and determines corrective action adequacy. Posts entries and maintains maintenance and inspection records. Recommends methods to improve equipment performance and maintenance procedures. Uses automated maintenance systems. Inputs, validates, and analyzes data processed to automated systems. Clears and closes out completed maintenance discrepancies in automated maintenance systems.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: aircraft construction features; identification and characteristics of aerospace materials; repair of metal, tubing, cable, plastic, fiberglass, bonded honeycomb, and composite structural components; shop drawing and sheetmetal layout techniques; shop mathematics; corrosion identification, removal, repair, and prevention; cleaning of metals; application of protective coatings, low observable materials, and markings; proper use, mixing, and storage of acids, solvents, alcohol, caustics, primers, and paints; and proper handling and disposal of hazardous waste and materials.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in mathematics, algebra, chemistry, physics, mechanical drawing, and metal working is desirable.

Training.

For award of AFSC 2A733, completion of a basic aircraft structural maintenance course is mandatory.

For award of AFSC 2A773, completion of a craftsman aircraft structural maintenance course is mandatory.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated.


2A753. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A733. Also, experience in functions such as fabricating, repairing, assembling, or installing aircraft metals, plastics, fiberglass, composites, or honeycomb parts; or corrosion identification, removal, and applying coatings and markings.

2A773. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A753. Also, experience supervising functions dealing with corrosion identification, prevention, and repair; applying protective coatings and markings; or fabricating, assembling, and repairing metal, fiberglass, composites, honeycomb, and plastics.

Other. For entry into this specialty, normal color vision as defined in AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards, is mandatory.


2A7X4 - SURVIVAL EQUIPMENT

Specialty Summary: Disassembles, assembles, inspects, fabricates, cleans, repairs, and packs aerospace weapon system components such as protective clothing, upholstery, thermal radiation barriers, protective covers, flotation equipment, emergency evacuation systems, and parachutes. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 760.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Plans and schedules parachute and fabric activities. Establishes performance standards, improves work methods, and advises on inspection, repair, and repack of aircrew survival equipment. Checks repaired and repacked survival equipment and determines serviceability based on required specifications and technical publications. Evaluates problems and determines feasibility of repair or replacement related to inspecting and repairing fabric, rubber equipment, and parachutes.

Evaluates work orders for local manufacturing, plans layout, and fabrication of new items.

Disassembles, assembles, inspects, cleans, fabricates, repairs, and packs fabric and rubber components, including protective clothing, upholstery, thermal radiation barriers, protective covers, flotation equipment, emergency evacuation systems, and parachutes such as deceleration, cargo, and personnel. Installs, removes, inspects, tests, and sets manual and automatic rip cord release opening devices. Stores, handles, and inspects pyrotechnic items.

Operates, maintains, and inspects survival equipment machinery, test equipment, and tools. Performs operator maintenance and service inspections on shop equipment. Stores, handles, uses, and disposes of hazardous waste and materials based on environmental standards.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: parachute construction; temperature and humidity affects on parachutes and other fabrics; characteristics of rubberized items; solvent, heat, and pressure affects on rubber; and proper handling, use, and disposal of hazardous waste, materials, and pyrotechnics.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in shop mechanics is desirable.

Training. The following training is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

2A734. Completion of a basic fabrication and parachute course.

2A774. Completion of the advanced fabrication and parachute course.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated.


2A754. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A734. Also, experience maintaining fabric and rubber items, flotation equipment, protective clothing, aircraft upholstery, and parachutes.

2A774. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A754. Also, experience performing or supervising functions such as maintaining fabric and rubber items, flotation devices, protective clothing, aircraft upholstery, and parachutes.

Other. Not used.


        

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