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Readers Respond: Experiences in 3E0X2 - ELECTRICAL POWER PRODUCTION

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Depends on what kind of unit you get assigned to. There are lots of mobile generators in combat units such as combat communications unit and ASOC - Air support Operations units. They have lots of mobility exercises setting up and tearing down encampments with mobile generators. You could be assigned to a Civil Engineering unit where you would maintain permanently installed geneators, automatic transfer switches, switchgear and associated equppment. you could be asgined to a unit that maintains large mobile power plant equipment (Harvest Bare) You could also be assigned to the Aircraft arresting Barrier shop where you maintain aircraft arresting systems - Very boring duty highlighted by a few butt puckering moments a year when a jet comes in with a problem...IFE In-Flight Emergency. I was in 20 yrs and did prety much all of it. Got good training and got a good job as a generator tech when I got out. Still livin' the dream. I know how get you power anywhere you want it.
—Guest guest



power pro

easy job with tons of downtime and lots of experience on generators which is great for jobs on the outside. probably one of the best jobs in the air force. the aircraft barrier side of power pro sucks though.
—Guest sss

Just got this job!!!

Hey everyone quick question, my recruiter called me Wednesday to let me know he had booked this job for me. It was my 3rd choice, but I was wondering what could I expect from this job. For instance what is it like on the job, and different peoples experiences who have been in this career field thank you.
—Guest Cody

Engineers lead the way!

This is one of the best jobs in the Air Force. Great hours, basically 9 hour work day, and the training is great. In my shop we have a laid back atmosphere; and since I am not a mechanically inclined person I have learned a lot through the amount of repetition that I have received. The great thing about this job is that you will learn about the mechanical and electrical aspects of the job. Furthermore, you will learn how to use barriers which catch the jets. Anyways, this job does open great opportunities in the civilian world as the bread and butter of this job is working with generators that supply the back up power towards the base. Tech school isn't long either, but make sure you talk to someone in this career field to make sure that this something you absolutely would like to do.
—Guest Terry

Do you want employment opportunities?

I was a power production troop for about 4 years. I just got hired as a railroad signal electrician (signalman) apprentice for a major U.S. commuter railroad. Before that job I worked at a nuclear power plant as an electrician's helper. My old colleagues have gotten jobs with electrician's unions, elevator mechanic's unions, power companies, oilfield service companies, railroad/transit agencies and construction equipment repair/maintenance companies. You can find gainful employment with this background and make a decent living.
—Guest Rr

Power Production

I wasn't mechnically inclined and was not as skilled as others, but I'm glad I was in the field - worked in generator plants, with mobile generators, and aircraft arresting barriers oversears - Germany
—Guest dd

Decent Job/Good job to re-class into II

Luckily after about a month of being on the generator crew - I was switched to barrier crew. We repaired and maintained those BAK-12’s and made sure that if any of those fa***t fighter pilots wanted to catch our cable - they could. We started work at 5 a.m. or sometimes earlier if there was a Red Flag going on. I know that if the aircraft arresting system maintenance job was a separate career field - I would not be the only one to choose this over being a CE generator technician. Airmen who worked in the aircraft maintenance field could only wish for our schedule. In fact, in our shop there were a handful of age nerds and crew chiefs who cross-trained into Power Pro in order to have more free time.
—Guest B

Decent Job / Good job to re-class into

This is usually a cushy mechanical job when stationed at your home base and compared to the aircraft maintenance field. In most Civil Engineering, Red Horse and Combat Comm/ASOS/Air Control Squadrons you will work 40 hours a week. With Comm, ACS and especially ASOS, you will spend a little more time in the field doing exercises and war games than regular CE. However, if you deploy to the desert with any unit you can kiss those 40 hour weeks goodbye. My first base was Nellis and the CE generator crew usually conducted periodic maintenance on 5kw to 500kw diesel generators (most were 60kw to 200kw), light carts and automatic transfer panels. Generators never really broke in the one year I was there. Whenever a generator did break, it was usually due to some sort of electrical/electronic fault and not something mechanical in nature. The work is not usually challenging but you do have to stay alert around moving machinery and electricity. Luckily after about a month of being on the gen
—Guest B

Awesome job

I'm a Sgt who did seven years in the army as a generator tech. Lots of. Fun and def learn alot of skills. Lots of hours and your on call twenty four seven in a deployment but its worth it when ur team squad company battalion have power because of you. I'm about to join the af guard and do the same job. In my civilian life I work on generators. Pays is good if you like to work with ur hands rebuild motors and work with electrical and be able to travel all over and go into any unit this is ur job.
—Guest Armyveteran03

Great job

23 years ret. If you an't power,you an't shit.I did mountain tops to death valley.Allways had power in my unit bluildings. Also hook up with cook's & supply people to make life great even in the shit'es places.MSGT
—Guest john magee

power production operator

i was station at montauk long island new york. we had 3 werthington diesels,6 cilinders, with a excider to convert dc elect to ac electric. what was the type of wiring was used in the excider? was it shunt type?
—Guest airmen 2nd class

Power Pro

Came in the USAF in May 2000 (at the age of 17)and seperated Aug 2010; was a great ride. as a generator mechanic you power up the world (hospitals, comm, missle silos, HQ bldgs, airfield and ect). traveled around the world multiple times including Egypt, S. Korea, Germany, Thailand, Kuwait, and Iraq...and stateside Hawaii, N. Carolina. You will meet and experience things and meet people who will have major positive impacts in your life, and will never be forgotten...you could run into someone 20 years from now and still be great friends like time stood still. The AF is VERY 'people-friendly'. and by that i mean that you, your family, and your career will be treated with respect and dignity. Power Pro is a job for the mechanically inclined. if you've always 'tinkered' with things, then this is the right place for you. innovation is encouraged (see IDEA program; get free money for inventing). SSgt M. David Karr, USAF Power Pro "Power Pro-We do it 'till it Hertz"
—Guest David Karr

E-4 Alaskan Air Command

After basic at Amarillo AFB Texas in 1968 I was sent directly to Sheppard AFB for an 18 week course in Electrical Power Production. This was some very intensive training. After graduation as I recall, the majority of Power Pro guys got orders for either South East Asia (Thailand or Viet Nam) or as in my case off to the DEW(Distant Early Warning) LINE.... Always someplace where there would be no electricity if not for your presence. Back in the day, seven day(or night in my case) work weeks were the norm.Now 40 years after my discharge the realization of how much responsibility was given to and expected of 19 year olds really hits home. I must disagree with the earlier contributor that you will meet dumb people in this field. you can't be dumb and operate a power plant by yourself..... Trust me on that. E-4 Alaskan Air Command
—Guest Peter Raynes

You will love the work!

After 19 years, I have met someone from almost everywhere. I have traveled the U.S., all of the Pacific, most of the Middle East and now working my way through Europe. I am not going to lie. This job can be very tasking at times with little reward up front, but when you turn the lights, heat or A/C for a small city and all you can hear are the cheers, it is all worth it. It may be the long hours making repairs to a system on the runway day in and day out without really seeing the purpose. Then one day you get the call for an in-flight emergency and you save a multi-million dollar aircraft from crashing on the runway. Everything you have done will have been worth the effort. This was not my first choice when I joined the Air Force, but I am glad I got it...I would not change a thing after 19 years; and I still have 5 to go.
—Guest Active E7

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