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Navy Enlisted Job Descriptions & Qualifications
Aviation Structural Mechanic - Structures AMS 
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General Info: The Aviation Structural Mechanic - Structures (AMS), is responsible for maintenance on the aircraft fuselage(mainframe), wings, airfoils, and associated fixed and moveable surfaces and flight controls. Aircrew volunteers from this rating perform inflight duties in various types of aircraft. Aircrew volunteers should volunteer under the Aircrew Recruiting Program.

What They Do: The duties performed by AMSs include: removing, repairing and replacing aircraft fuselage, wings, fixed and movable surfaces, airfoils, regular seats, wheels and tires, controls and mechanisms; removing, installing and rigging aircraft flight control surfaces; fabricating and assembling metal components and making minor repairs to aircraft skin; installing rivets and metal fasteners; painting aircraft; fabricating repairs for composite components; performing non-destructive dye penetrant inspections (NDI); performing daily, preflight, postflight and other periodic aircraft inspections.

Detailed List of Required Duties

ASVAB Score Requirements: VE+AR+MK+AS=210 or VE+AR+MK+MC=210

Other Requirements: Must have normal color perception. Must have normal hearing.

Notes: Normal hearing required. Frequencies: 3000hz 4000hz 5000hz 6000hz Average hearing threshold level in these four frequencies must be less than 30db, with no level greater than 45db in any one frequency. If hearing level exceeds these limits, the applicant is enlistment ineligible for the rating.

Technical Training Information: Enlistees are taught the fundamentals of this rating through on-the-job training or formal Navy schooling. Operational training is available in this rating during later stages of career development.

"A" School Pensacola, Fl. 6-8 weeks

Basic Aviation Structural Mechanic course, basic aviation theory course, and skills required for specialized AMS rating Group instruction, classroom and shop. After completion of Core "A" school, AMSs may attend an additional two week organizational maintenance training school. AMSs may be assigned to aviation squadrons, aircraft carriers or to other Navy ships carrying aircraft, to Naval Air Stations or other aviation shore facilities in the United States or overseas. You will have opportunities to attend formal schoolhouse advanced technical training throughout your career. During a 20-year period, AMSs spend about 50 percent of their time assigned to fleet units and 50 percent to shore stations.

Working Environment: Aviation Structural Mechanics may be assigned to sea or shore duty any place in the world, so their working environment varies considerably. They may work in hangars or hangar decks, or outside on flight decks or flight lines at air stations. A high noise level is a normal part of their work environment. AMHs work closely with others, do mostly physical work and require little supervision. AMHs may also serve as flight engineers aboard certain aircraft.

Opportunity Rating:

E-1 to E-4 E-5 E-6
2 2 2

1 = Currently undermanned
2 = Currently manned at desired levels
3 = Currently overmanned

Note: Levels are as of 10 December 2003. Subject to change without notice.

Special Note: Rate Conversions not authorized above E-5.

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Above Information Courtesy of United States Navy

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