Updated: Oct 2019

Specialty Summary

Inspects aerospace weapon systems components and support equipment for structural integrity using nondestructive inspection methods and performs fluid analysis.

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49 Days - Pensacola NAS, FL


Aircraft Structural Maintenance Technology

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Maintenance & Munitions Badge








Total: 738

For Entry Into This Specialty


Mechanical: 42


40 lbs

  • Normal color vision.
  • Minimum age is 18 years prior to entry into technical training.

Duties and Responsibilities

Determines test method, and prepares fluids and parts for nondestructive inspection. Interprets nondestructive inspection test results, and provides information about defects to repair center. Analyzes wear metal content on engine lubricating oil and other fluids, and recommends corrective action. Establishes radiation areas for radiographic operations. Computes and monitors personal exposure areas for radiographic operations, and monitors personnel exposure data.

Performs nondestructive inspection on structures, components, and systems. Detects flaws such as cracks, delaminations, voids, processing defects, and heat damage using penetrant, eddy current, magnetic particle, radiographic, optical, and ultrasonic test equipment. Determines metallurgical information of components according to alloy, temper, conductivity, and associated factors.

Operates, maintains, and inspects nondestructive equipment. Performs operator maintenance and service inspections on shop equipment and tools. Ensures lock out and tag out procedures are accomplished prior to maintenance on equipment. Performs silver recovery functions. Handles and disposes of hazardous waste and materials.

Specialty Qualifications

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: characteristics of metals identification; wear metals identification and content; metal discontinuity and flaw detection; operation and maintenance of nondestructive test and oil analysis equipment; safety codes and practices; radiological safety and radiation monitoring procedures; technical orders and directives; and proper handling, use, and disposal of hazardous waste and materials.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in mathematics, chemistry, industrial technology, physics, and shop is desirable. Also, completion of computer knowledge courses is desirable.

Training. For award of AFSC 2A732, completion of a basic nondestructive inspection course is mandatory.

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

  • 2A752. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A732. Also, experience flaw detection process controls, equipment calibration and maintenance, safety directives, and hazardous waste programs.
  • 2A772. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A752. Also, experience supervising functions such as those involved in a nondestructive inspection laboratory.

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