Helicopter Maintenance (2A5X2) - AFSC Description

Air Force Enlisted Job Description

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Specialty Summary:

Performs and supervises helicopter maintenance functions and activities. Inspects, repairs, maintains, and services helicopters and support equipment (SE). Maintains aircraft forms and records. Performs crew chief functions. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 600.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Troubleshoots, inspects, repairs, and services helicopter aircraft, systems, and related equipment. Inspects and functionally checks helicopter structures and systems. Checks installed components for proper operation. Adjusts, aligns, and calibrates aircraft systems. Rigs, tracks, and balances rotor systems. Inspects for fuel leaks, corrosion, tire wear, skin damage, and cracks on aircraft. Accomplishes engine maintenance and ground handling tasks. Prepares and maintains inspection and maintenance records.

Operates, inspects, and checks serviceability of powered and nonpowered ground SE. Inventories and inspects alternate mission equipment.

Stores and prepares aircraft for shipment, and performs crash recovery. Prepares aircraft for movement to and from storage. Disassembles helicopters for shipment and reassembles. Removes disabled aircraft. Uses emergency recovery equipment.

Advises on problems maintaining helicopters and related SE. Uses technical orders to diagnose and solve maintenance problems on airframe and engine related systems.

Interprets inspection findings and advises on maintenance procedures to repair aircraft and related equipment.

Performs staff and supervisory management functions. Coordinates and adjusts individual and unit daily maintenance plans. Supervises and assists in launching and recovering aircraft. Ensures compliance with maintenance management directives. Initiates technical order deficiency and product quality deficiency reports. Reviews maintenance data collection summaries to determine trends, production effectiveness, and areas requiring corrective action.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: supply procedures; electrical theory; mechanical principles applying to aircraft; flight theory; hydraulic principles; concepts and application of maintenance directives; maintenance data reporting; technical order use; and proper handling, use, and disposal of hazardous waste and materials.

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

Training. For award of AFSC 2A532X, completion of a suffix specific basic helicopter maintenance course is mandatory.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated: (Note: See Explanation of Air Force Specialty Codes).

2A552. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A532X. Also, experience in functions such as repairing and maintaining helicopter aircraft and systems, and powered and nonpowered ground SE.

2A572. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A552. Also, experience performing or supervising functions such as installing, repairing, inspecting, maintaining, or overhauling helicopter aircraft and systems, and powered and nonpowered ground SE.

Other. For entry into this specialty, normal color vision as defined in AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards, is mandatory.

Specialty Shredouts:

Suffix Portion of AFS to Which Related

A... MH-53

B... H-60

C... H-1

Strength Req : N

Citizenship: Yes

Required Appitude Score : M-51 (Changed to M-56, effective 1 Jul 04).

Technical Training:

Course #: J3AQP2A532A 002

Length (Days): 92

Location: FE

Course #: J3ABP2A532A 002

Length (Days): 20

Location: Kir

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