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Aerospace Maintenance

Specialty Summary. Maintains aircraft, support equipment (SE), and forms and records. Performs production supervisor, flight chief, expediter, crew chief, support, aero repair, and maintenance functions. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Advises on problems maintaining, servicing, and inspecting aircraft and aerospace SE. Uses technical data to diagnose and solve maintenance problems on aircraft systems. Interprets and advises on maintenance procedures and policies to repair aircraft and SE. 

Troubleshoots and maintains aircraft structures, systems, components, and SE. Tests repaired components using mockups and test equipment. Adjusts, aligns, rigs, and calibrates aircraft systems. Performs engine run-up. Accomplishes weight and balance functions. Jacks, tows, and services aircraft. 

Inspects aircraft structures, systems, components, and SE. 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 correction. Reviews maintenance forms, aircraft records, and reports to ensure complete documentation. Inventories and maintains alternate mission equipment. 

Performs production supervisor, flight chief, expediter, crew chief, aero repair, support, and maintenance functions. Coordinates maintenance plans 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 procedures; and proper handling, use, and disposal of hazardous waste and materials. 

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in pneudraulics, physics, and electronics is desirable. 

Training. For award of AFSC 2A531X, completion of a suffix specific basic aerospace maintenance course is mandatory. 

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of AFSC indicated: 

2A551. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A531X. Also, experience in functions such as repairing and maintaining aircraft or related installed equipment. 

2A571. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A551. Also, experience performing or supervising functions such as installing, repairing, inspecting, or overhauling aircraft structures, systems, and components. 

Other. The following are mandatory as indicated: 

For entry into this specialty: 

Normal color vision as defined in AFI 48-123, Medical Examinations and Standards. 

Specialty requires routine access to Secret material or similar environment. For award and retention of AFSCs 2A5X1X, completion of a current National Agency Check, Local Agency Checks and Credit (NACLC) according to AFI 31 501, Personnel Security Program Management. 

NOTE: Award of the 3-skill level without a completed NACLC is authorized provided an interim Secret security clearance has been granted according to AFI 31-501.


*Specialty Shredouts:

Suffix Portion of AFS to Which Related

A C-9/C-20/C-21/C-22/T-39/T-43
B C-12/C-26/C-27/C-130
C C-5
D C-17
E B-1/B-2
F B-52
G C-18/C-135/E-3/VC-25/VC-137
H KC-10/E-4

NOTE: Shredouts A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H are applicable to the 1- and 3-skill levels only. There are no shredouts at the 5- and 7-skill level.

For specific information regarding opportunities in the Aerospace Maintenance career field in the Illinois Air National Guard, please contact a recruiter at 1-877-412-6279.
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