Updated: ​Aug 2018

Specialty Summary

​Maintains aircraft, support equipment, forms and records. Performs and supervises flight chief, expediter, crew chief, repair and reclamation, quality assurance and maintenance support functions.

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Total: ​6199

For Entry Into This Specialty


​Mechanical: 47


​80 lbs

Shredout D: 70 lbs

  • Normal color vision
  • Specialty requires routine access to Secret material or similar environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Performs sortie generation, ground handling, and servicing operations. Performs aircraft inspections such as preflight, thru-flight, postflight, hourly postflight, special inspections, and isochronal inspections. Advises on problems, maintenance, servicing, and inspection of 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.

Inspects, troubleshoots, and maintains aircraft structures, engines, hydraulic, and other related systems, components, and equipment. Removes and installs aircraft and engine components. Conducts operational checks and repairs components and systems. Performs ground engine operation. Adjusts, aligns, and rigs aircraft systems. Accomplishes weight and balance functions. Supervises and performs aircraft jacking, lifting, and towing operations.

Supervises and performs aircraft, engine, and component inspections. Interprets inspection findings and determines adequacy of corrective actions. Inspects and checks components for clearances, tolerances, proper installation, and operation. Performs pre-use inspections and operates powered and non-powered 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 alternate mission equipment. Inventories and maintains aircraft equipment.

Coordinates maintenance plans and schedules to meet operational requirements. 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; flight theory; hydraulic principles; electrical theory; principles, 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 mandatory. Completion of related vocational courses is highly desirable.

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

  • For award of AFSC 2A571, completion of a craftsman aircraft maintenance course is mandatory.

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

  • 2A551X. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A531X.
  • 2A571. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A551X.


A             C-20/C-21/C-22/C-37

B             C-130/C-27J

C             C-5

D             C-17

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