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Air Force Enlisted Job Descriptions



U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Rob Donnelly from the 380th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron conducts pre-flight checks on an EQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle before its first launch from an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Nov. 27, 2010. The EQ-4 carries the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN), which acts as a persistent gateway, bridging diverse tactical data links and voice communications to improve battlefield communications.
U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Eric Harris
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.


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.

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

2A353X. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A333X. Also, experience in functions such as repairing and maintaining aircraft or related installed equipment.

2A373X. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A353X. Also, experience performing or supervising functions such as installing, inspecting, repairing, or overhauling aircraft structures, systems, and components.

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

For award and retention of AFSCs 2A333X/53X/73X, eligibility for a Secret security clearance, according to AFI 31-501, Personnel Security Program Management.

*Specialty Shredouts:

Suffix Portion of AFS to Which Related

J. .....General (Except F-15/F-16)

NOTE: Shredouts A and B are applicable to the 1-, 3-, 5- skill levels. Shredouts E, F, G, and H are applicable to the 1- and 3-skill levels only, and merge to form shredout J at the 5-skill level. Shredout J is applicable only at the 5-skill levels.

Deployment Rate for this AFSC

Strength Req: L

Physical Profile: 333132

Citizenship: Yes

Required Appitude Score : M-44 (Changed to M-47, effective 1 Jul 04).

Technical Training:

Course #: J3AQR2A333A 002

Length (Days): 93

Location: S

Course #: J3ABP2A333A 002

Length (Days): 18

Location: S

Detailed Career and Training Information for This Job (2A3X3A)

Detailed Career and Training Information for This Job (2A3X3B)

Detailed Career and Training Information for This Job (2A3X3J)

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