Duties and Responsibilities:
Identifies, maintains surveillance, and assists in controlling aerospace objects. Operates aerospace control and warning systems equipment, and simulation equipment. Interprets and reacts to radarscope presentation and to generated console displays. Compares and reports track positions based on flight data or data base files. Assists in weapons control and performs surveillance, data link, identification, and data management functions in aerospace systems. Tears down, loads, unloads, and erects equipment and components. Performs as crew member of operational unit in functions of air weapons control. Responsible for safety of flight for air operations being controlled.
Gathers, displays, records, and distributes operational information. Coordinates with and exchanges air movement and identification information among air defense and air control, range control, and air traffic control agencies on matters pertaining to aircraft operations. Operates data link equipment and other automated data exchange devices to gather and relay operation information. Reports emergency signals, and ECM observations. Maintains logs, forms, and data base files. Evaluates radar detection and performance. Maintains liaison with air defense artillery, and surface and naval fire units to ensure safe passage of friendly air traffic.
Performs ECCM functions. Maintains maximum radar sensitivity using ECCM techniques to eliminate degradation caused by electronic warfare (EW) activities or other influences. Monitors operation of radar inputs and counter-measure consoles, anti-jamming displays, and radar sensors to enhance radar presentations. Recommends procedures and techniques to improve effectiveness of ECM and ECCM activities.
Performs training, planning, standardization and evaluation, and other staff duty functions. Performs staff assistance visits to subordinate units. Test and evaluates capabilities of new equipment and propriety of new procedures.
Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: characteristics and limitations of aerospace surveillance and reporting systems; aircraft and weather detection and tracking; communication equipment capabilities and limitations; radar console and data link equipment presentations; receiving, recording and relaying system information; radar and radio capabilities and limitations; fixed and mobile command and control system characteristic; aircraft control procedures and techniques; aircraft performance characteristics and armament; and meteorology concerning air weapons control operations.
Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school or general educational development (GED) equivalency is mandatory. Also, completion of high school level courses in algebra and geometry is desirable.
Training. The following training is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:
1C531. Completion of a basis aerospace control and warning systems course.
1C551D. Completion of undergraduate air weapons controller training.
Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated: (Note: See Explanation of Air Force Specialty Codes).
1C551. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1C531. Also experience performing operational functions or aerospace control and warning systems activities; operations of data display and computer input equipment or radar indicator equipment; interpretation of computer generated displays and printouts or radar console presentations of environmental systems operational procedures and techniques.
1C571. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1C551. Also, experience performing or supervising functions such as aerospace surveillance and control systems, or ECM and ECCM activities.
1C571D. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1C551D. Also, experience performing or supervising radar control and monitoring of air weapons.
Other. The following are mandatory as indicated: