Updated: Sep 2019

Specialty Summary

Analyzes malfunctions, inspects, removes, maintains, and installs integrated avionics systems. Performs and supervises avionics maintenance and general aircraft servicing and handling.

Tech School

46-117 Days - Sheppard AFB


Avionic Systems Technology

Duty Badge

Maintenance & Munitions Badge








Total: 1247

For Entry Into This Specialty


Electrical: 70


70 lbs

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

Duties and Responsibilities

Operates and maintains communication/navigation/mission systems on C-5, C-17, C-130, WC-130, C-12/21/27/32/37/38/39/40, KC-10, KC-135 and KC-46 aircraft. Analyzes equipment operating characteristics to isolate malfunctions in avionics systems, radar, integrated test systems built-in-test (BIT), multiplexed data bus systems, recording systems, video display systems, flight instruments, mission computer systems, inertial navigation systems (INS), global positioning system, traffic collision avoidance system, electronic warfare (EW) systems, sensors, communication, and navigation systems, transponders, aircraft indicating systems, flight formation 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 profiles, precision air drop.

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.

Specialty Qualifications

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: 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, and electro-optical devices; radar, radio frequency communication, surveillance radar systems, pulse Doppler radar theory, dependent navigation aids, inertial and radar navigation, electronic countermeasure transmitters and receivers; lasers, infrared/ultraviolet receivers; optics, instruments, multiplexing, video display, and digital computer systems working principles; subsystem tie-in between integrated avionics systems; using and interpreting testing and measuring devices; 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 2A831X, completion of the applicable basic avionics systems course is mandatory.

  • For award of AFSC 2A871X:
  • 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:

  • 2A851X. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A831X. Also, experience isolating malfunctions, removing and installing LRUs, and use of test and ground SE.
  • 2A871X. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A851X. Also, experience performing or supervising functions such as analyzing and isolating integrated avionics systems malfunctions and using test equipment.


A             C-5

B             C-17

C             C-130/WC-130

D             C-12/21/27/32/37/38/39/40

E              Cargo Comm/Counter/Nav Systems

F              KC-10

G             KC-135

H             KC-46

J               Tanker Comm/Counter/Nav Systems

NOTE: Suffixes A/B/C/D/F/G/H are applicable to the 1-, 3-, and 5-skill levels only. Suffixes E/J are applicable to the 7-skill level only.

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