3D1X5, Radar AFSC is officially established on November 1, 2009. It was created by converting AFSC 2E0X1. Radar specialists install, maintain, and repair fixed or mobile air traffic control, weather, ground aircraft control and warning radar systems, related radar operator training devices, aircraft identification equipment, remoting systems, video mappers, computerized processors, and communications subsystems. They operate and relocate related support and communications equipment. They also use electronic test equipment.
Specific duties of this AFSC include:
Performs ground radar functions. Plans, organizes, and schedules work assignments, workloads, and maintenance procedures for ground radar activities. Establishes production controls and standards. Prepares reports on maintaining, installing, repairing, removing, and siting all types of ground radar systems. Ensures operations and maintenance economies by improving work methods and procedures. Designs and develops organizational structures, including manning, duty assignments, and workloads. Inspects and evaluates ground radar activities. Serves on or directs ground radar maintenance inspection teams organized to evaluate base or command maintenance programs. Performs ground radar research and development projects.
Evaluates and resolves problems encountered during siting, installing, repairing, and overhauling ground radar systems. Uses layout drawings, schematics, and pictorial diagrams to solve maintenance problems and analyzes construction and operating characteristics of equipment to determine source of malfunction. Plans, schedules, and implements installation of ground radar systems. Interprets maintenance and installation policy and procedures. Installs ground radar systems. Assembles, connects, modifies, and adjusts ground radar subassemblies such as antennas, transmitters, receivers, processors, indicator groups, and ancillary systems such as beacon equipment and video mappers. Conducts tests of installed equipment for proper component assembly and compliance with technical orders. Places in operation, calibrates, tunes, and aligns subassemblies according to approved technical data to maximize performance. Disassembles, relocates, assembles, and connects ground radar systems. Inspects and tests equipment for serviceability before and after relocation. Performs maintenance inspections on ground radar systems.
Repairs, overhauls, and modifies ground radar systems. Isolates malfunctions by prescribed systems checking procedures, visual inspections, voltage checks, and other tests using electronic test equipment. Repairs ground radar subassemblies, including antennas, transmitters, receivers, operator training devices, radar beacon systems, remoting systems, video mappers, display systems, and associated communications systems and related equipment. Conducts performance tests of repaired subassemblies using bench mockups and applicable test equipment. Accomplishes organizational and intermediate level equipment modifications according to time compliance technical orders or field directives. Assembles, installs, and repairs antenna systems, transmission lines, and waveguides. Performs corrosion control.
Initial Skills Training (Tech School): AF Technical School graduation results in the award of a 3-skill level (apprentice). Following Air Force Basic Training, airmen in this AFSC attend the following course(s):
- Course # E3ABR3D135 00AA, Apprentice Ground Radar Specialist course at Keesler AFB, MS - approximately 115 class days.
Certification Training: After tech school individuals report to their permanent duty assignment, where they are entered into 5-level (technician) upgrade training. This training is a combination of on-the-job task certification, and enrollment in a correspondance course called a Career Development Course (CDC). Once the airman's trainer(s) have certified that they are qualified to perform all tasks related to that assignment, and once they complete the CDC, including the final closed-book written test, they are upgraded to the 5-skill level, and are considered to be "certified" to perform their job with minimal supervision.
Advanced Training: Upon achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant, airmen are entered into 7-level (craftsman) training. A craftsman can expect to fill various supervisory and management positions such as shift leader, element NCOIC (Noncommissioned Officer in Charge), flight superintendent, and various staff positions. Upon promotion to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant, personnel convert to AFSC 3D190, Cyber Operations Superintendent. 3D190 personnel provide direct supervision and management to personnel in AFSCs 3D1X1, 3D1X2, 3D1X3, 3D1X4, 3D1X5, 3D1X6 and 3D0X7. A 9-level can expect to fill positions such as flight chief, superintendent, and various staff NCOIC jobs.
Assignment Locations: Virtually any Air Force Base with an airfield.
Average Promotion Times (Time in Service)
Airman (E-2): 6 months
Airman First Class (E-3): 16 months
Senior Airman (E-4): 3 years
Staff Sergeant (E-5): 4.85 years
Technical Sergeant (E-6): 10.88 years
Master Sergeant (E-7): 16.56 years
Senior Master Sergeant (E-8): 20.47 years
Chief Master Sergeant (E-9): 23.57 years
Required ASVAB Composite Score: E-70
Security Clearance Requirement: Secret
- Must be a US Citizen
- Completion of high school is mandatory.
- Additional courses in mathematics, physics, or information technologies is desirable.
- Normal color vision
- The ability to obtain a government license is mandatory.