Updated: Aug 2018
Maintains helicopter/tiltrotor aircraft, support equipment, forms and records. Performs and supervises flight chief, expediter, crew chief, quality assurance and maintenance support functions.
Avionics Systems Technology
For Entry Into This Specialty
- 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 phase 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, repairs, and services aircraft, systems, and related equipment. Inspects and functionally checks structures and systems. Checks installed components for proper operation. Adjusts, aligns, and calibrates aircraft systems. Rigs, tracks, and balances rotor systems to include in-flight balancing. Removes and installs aircraft and engine components. Prepares and maintains inspection and maintenance records. Inventories and inspects alternate mission equipment. Prepares, disassembles, and reassembles aircraft before and after shipment. Performs aircraft weight and balance.
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.
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.
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; technical order use; 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 2A532X, completion of a suffix specific basic aircraft maintenance course is mandatory.
- For award of AFSC 2A572, completion of a craftsman aircraft maintenance course is mandatory.
Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:
- 2A552X. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A532X
- 2A572. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A552X.