The 3D1X3, RF Transmission Systems AFSC designation was officially established on November 1, 2009. It was created by converting AFSC 2E1X3. RF Transmission Systems personnel deploy, sustain, troubleshoot, and repair standard radio frequency wireless, line-of-sight, beyond line-of-sight, wideband, ground-based satellite, and encryption transmission devices and intrusion detection systems in a fixed and deployed environment. Included are multiple waveform systems operating across the spectrum, keying and signal devices; telemetry and instrumentation systems. They establish and maintain circuits, configures and manages system and network connectivity.
Specific duties of this AFSC include: Performs/supervises wireless radio and satellite systems and equipment maintenance activities. Oversees work in progress and reviews completed repairs for sound maintenance practices. Establishes requirements for maintenance equipment, support equipment, tools, and spare parts. Requisitions, accounts for, and turns in supplies and material. Interprets inspection findings and determines adequacy of corrective action.
Reviews and ensures compliance with maintenance management publications and procedures. Identifies maintenance problem areas and recommends corrective action. Recommends methods to improve equipment performance and maintenance procedures. Evaluates justification and practicability of proposed modifications. Develops and enforces safety standards for ground RF system maintenance activities.
Inspects wireless radio/satellite communications activities. Determines equipment operational status. Serves on teams to evaluate transmission systems activities. Interprets inspection findings submitted by other inspecting activities, and initiates corrective action. Determines adequacy of corrective action. Checks installed and repaired components for compliance with technical publications.
Resolves installation, repair, overhaul, and modification problems associated with communications equipment. Employs orbiting communication satellite, line-of-sight, and tropospheric scatter techniques. Conducts tests to restore and maintain systems. Uses anti-jam equipment and techniques to neutralize effects of communication jamming. Uses layout drawings, schematics, and pictorial diagrams to solve maintenance problems. Analyzes construction and operating characteristics of equipment to determine source of malfunction. Performs intricate alignment and calibration procedures to ensure maximum operating efficiency. Determines repair procedures necessary to correct defective equipment.
Installs ground radio, satellite, and telemetry communications equipment. Consults layout drawings to ensure equipment is properly positioned. Checks equipment for serviceability prior to installation. Assembles, connects, secures, and interconnects components such as transmitters, power supplies, and antenna assemblies. Tests installed equipment for proper assembly of components and compliance with technical orders. Places in operation and tunes, adjusts, and aligns components to obtain maximum operating efficiency. Identifies and locates Radio Frequency interference sources.
Initial Skills Training (Tech School): AF Technical School graduation results in the award of a 3-skill level (apprentice). Following Air Force Basic Training, airmen in this AFSC attend the following course(s):
- Course # E3ABR3D133 01AA, Apprentice RF Transmissions Systems Specialist course at Keesler AFB, MS - approximately 110 class days.
Certification Training: After tech school, individuals report to their permanent duty assignment, where they are entered into 5-level (technician) upgrade training. This training is a combination of on-the-job task certification, and enrollment in a correspondence course called a Career Development Course (CDC). Once the airman's trainer(s) have certified that they are qualified to perform all tasks related to that assignment, and once they complete the CDC, including the final closed-book written test, they are upgraded to the 5-skill level, and are considered to be "certified" to perform their job with minimal supervision.
Advanced Training: Upon achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant, airmen are entered into 7-level (craftsman) training. A craftsman can expect to fill various supervisory and management positions such as shift leader, element NCOIC (Noncommissioned Officer in Charge), flight superintendent, and various staff positions. Upon promotion to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant, personnel convert to AFSC 3D190, Cyber Operations Superintendent. 3D190 personnel provide direct supervision and management to personnel in AFSCs 3D1X1, 3D1X2, 3D1X3, 3D1X4, 3D1X5, 3D1X6, and 3D0X7. A 9-level can expect to fill positions such as flight chief, superintendent, and various staff NCOIC jobs.
Assignment Locations: Virtually any Air Force Base.
Average Promotion Times (Time in Service)
Airman (E-2): 6 months
Airman First Class (E-3): 16 months
Senior Airman (E-4): 3 years
Staff Sergeant (E-5): 4.85 years
Technical Sergeant (E-6): 10.88 years
Master Sergeant (E-7): 16.56 years
Senior Master Sergeant (E-8): 20.47 years
Chief Master Sergeant (E-9): 23.57 years
Required ASVAB Composite Score: E-70
Security Clearance Requirement: Secret
- Must be a US Citizen
- Normal color vision
- Completion of high school is mandatory.
- Additional courses in physics and mathematics is desirable.