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Readers Respond: Experiences in 3E0X2 - ELECTRICAL POWER PRODUCTION

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hey i love this job i just got here to my duty station if you like manual labor easy as fuck i have a ton of knowledge on engines and electricity and trouble shooting definitely nice if you like to work on cars, vehcle maintenance is good for that too but we work side by side everyone is mixed in the airforce
—Guest POWER PRO!!!

instructor power productionschool

instructor 66,67,68 taught blocks one and two as a airman second two stripes super time
—Guest wayne fitchett

instructor power productionschool

instructor 66,67,68 taught blocks one and two as a airman second two stripes super time
—Guest wayne fitchett


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

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