Updated: July 2018
Analyzes malfunctions, inspects, removes, maintains, and installs integrated avionics systems. Performs and supervises avionics maintenance and general aircraft servicing and handling
117 Days - Sheppard AFB
Avionics Systems Technology
For Entry Into This Specialty
- Normal color vision as defined.
- Specialty requires routine access to Secret material or similar environment.
Duties and Responsibilities
Operates and maintains communication/navigation/mission systems on SOF/PR C-130 variants, HH-60s, EC-130 Commando Solo, EC-130 Compass Call and CV-22s. Additionally, operates and maintains instrument and flight control systems on CV-22s. Analyzes equipment operating characteristics to isolate malfunctions in avionics systems, radar, integrated test systems built-in-test (BIT), multiplexed data bus systems, personnel locator systems, recording systems, fire control systems, video display systems, flight instruments, mission computer systems, electro-optical viewing systems (EVS), inertial navigation systems (INS), global positioning system, primary and secondary flight controls (CV-22), automatic flight control (CV-22), engine instrumentation (CV-22) , fuel management systems (CV-22), central air data systems (CV-22), sensors, communication, and navigation systems, transponders, aircraft indicating systems, meteorological systems, situational awareness systems, laser designators, and interrogator systems.
Removes, installs, checks, and repairs avionics systems and line replaceable units (LRU). Diagnoses malfunctions using technical orders, schematics, wiring diagrams, integrated test systems and other test equipment. Removes, replaces, and repairs faulty system wiring, electrical connectors, antennas, transmission lines, and multiconductor cables. Modifies avionics systems according to technical publications. Updates operational logs, inspection records, aircraft forms, and automated maintenance systems. Performs and supervises alignment, calibration, and boresight of avionics systems. Uploads ground maintenance and operational software. Performs off-equipment maintenance on selected avionics LRUs and maintains peculiar support equipment (SE).
Inspects and evaluates aircraft maintenance activities. Inspects and verifies operational status and configuration of avionics systems and software. Records and ensures validity of entries into maintenance data collection and inspection systems. Resolves and assists units in solving maintenance and supply problems. Interprets and recommends corrective action to inspection findings. Prepares aircraft for low altitude attack profiles, precision bombing, covert operations, and reconnaissance.
Plans, organizes and directs aircraft maintenance activities. Establishes methods and performance standards. Analyzes reports and maintenance plans. Directs operation and modification of standard operating procedures. Establishes priorities. Evaluates activities for compliance with directives. Supervises and assists in aircraft ground servicing, and launch/recovery operations. Reviews maintenance data collection summaries to determine trends and production effectiveness.
Knowledge. Knowledge of the following is mandatory: interpreting and applying mechanical, wiring, and electronic circuit diagrams; electronic, micro-processor, data bus, and mechanical principles theory and application; theory of flight; gyros, synchros, indicators, memory storage devices, antennas, servomechanisms, electromechanical, electro-hydraulic, and electro-optical devices; radar, radio frequency communication, surveillance radar and interrogator systems, pulse Doppler radar theory, dependent navigation aids, inertial and radar navigation, lasers, infrared/ultraviolet receivers; optics, instruments, multiplexing, fire control, video display, and digital computer systems working principles; subsystem tie-in between integrated avionics systems; using and interpreting testing and measuring devices; principles of motion and power transmission by fluid, mechanical and electrical means; and concepts and application of maintenance directives.
Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in physics, computers, and mathematics is desirable.
Training. For award of AFSC 2A231/31A, completion of the applicable basic avionics systems course is mandatory.
- For award of AFSC 2A271: Completion of the craftsman course is mandatory.
- Completion of Advanced Wiring Maintenance Course J4AMP3000 A48A PDS ZIZ per the MAJCOM Mandatory Course List (MMCL) (ANG/AFRC exempt). Not applicable to personnel assigned to locations where the course is not yet available at the local Field Training Detachment (FTD).
Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:
- 2A251/51A. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A231/31A. Also, experience isolating malfunctions, removing and installing LRUs, and use of test and ground SE.
- 2A271. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A251/51A. Also, experience performing or supervising functions such as analyzing and isolating integrated avionics systems malfunctions and using test equipment.