Updated: Oct 2019

Specialty Summary

Services and maintains, or supervises these actions, on missiles, space lift boosters, payloads, research and development (R&D) systems, environmental blast doors and valves, associated subsystems, components, and support equipment (SE). Operates and maintains related equipment. Designs R&D systems. Performs acquisition and activation activities.

Tech School

70 Days - Vandenberg AFB


Missile and Space Systems Maintenance

Duty Badge

Maintenance & Munitions Badge

Missile Badge








Total: 544

For Entry Into This Specialty


Mechanical: 47


90 lbs

  • For entry into AFSCs 2M012/32, accessions must be screened for eligibility and meet requirements of the Personnel Reliability Program (PRP).
  • Normal color vision.
  • Freedom from fear of heights.
  • Specialty requires routine access to Top Secret material or similar environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Performs missile maintenance actions at flightline, railhead, support base, and launch, launch control, and storage facilities, and ensures compliance with international treaties. Inspects, repairs, adjusts, and replaces, or supervises these actions, on components and subcomponents. Mechanically and electrically connects or disconnects reentry systems, guidance and control sections, missile stages, propulsion systems, and secondary ordnance devices at the launch facility. Prepares missile and launch facility for simulated launch and follow-on test and evaluation. Performs preventive maintenance inspections and electrical tests on missiles; missile components; launch and launch control facilities; support vehicles; hydraulic, pneudraulic, and pneumatic systems; and SE. Initiates unsatisfactory reports, failure reports, or proposed modifications. Performs intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) coding activities.

Supervises transportation, assembly, and inspection of space lift booster and payload functions, their subsystems, and SE. Coordinates and oversees activities of contractor personnel during space launch activities. Supervises loading, transportation, unloading, inspection, assembly, and hoisting of space lift boosters, payloads, component parts, and satellites at space launch facilities; preparation of space launch complexes; and erection and mating of space lift booster sections, payloads, and SE. Supervises or performs preventive maintenance inspections. Practices and supervises safety procedures when handling nitrogen, liquid fuels, oxidizers, and ordnance devices. Evaluates malfunctions and recommends corrective action.

Performs and evaluates laboratory R&D activities. Assembles, installs, and tests R & D systems such as energetic materials, propulsion, high-powered microwave, and satellite. Designs, maintains, modifies, and operates support equipment, such as data acquisition devices, fiber optic, instrumentation. vacuum systems, test stands, high/low pressure gas, propellant mixing/molding, and exotic fuels storage systems. Supports and advises scientists and engineers during experiment design, setup, and execution. Troubleshoots and resolves anomalies associated with laboratory systems and experiments.

Specialty Qualifications

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of oxidizers and fuels properties and characteristics; basic hydraulics, pneudraulics, pneumatics, mechanics, and electricity; missile propulsion principles; and use of diagrams and schematics.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in mathematics and physics is desirable.

Training. For award of AFSC 2M032 completion of the basic 3 level missile and space systems maintenance course is mandatory.

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

  • 2M052. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2M032. Also, experience in functions such as missile, space launch, and R&D, launch control, or preparation of launch facilities.
  • 2M072. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2M052. Also, experience performing or supervising missile maintenance, space lift, or laboratory R & D activities.

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