Missile and Space Facility Specialists in the Air Force are responsible for the maintenance and repair of missile and spacelift support systems and equipment. Specifically, they work on intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) weapon systems. These airmen keep ICBM launch facilities and all the related equipment ready for any needed operations.
This is highly technical work that is critical to the Air Force's space mission.
The Air Force categorizes this job with Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) 2M0X3.
Duties of Missile and Space Facility Specialists
These airmen install, operate, maintain and repair an array of space and missile systems, including power generation and distribution systems, environmental controls and associated support systems, and equipment for missile, spacelift, and research and development facilities.
The equipment they work on may include diesel generators, automatic switching units, battery systems, environmental control systems, and air conditioning units.
They're also responsible for analyzing any equipment malfunctions and determining whether the equipment is ready for operation. They may oversee the activities of contractors during space launch activity, test electrical circuits, security and fire warning systems, and perform inspections on special vehicles.
Qualifying as an Air Force Missile and Space Facility Specialist
These airmen need to have knowledge of electrical, mechanical, and pneumatic principles. They should know how to interpret technical orders, workflow diagrams, blueprints, and schematics.
Candidates for this job should have a high school diploma with courses in mathematics and physics. Once enlisted in the Air Force, you'll need to complete a specific basic 3 level missile and space facilities course.
Airmen in this job handle highly sensitive equipment and need to be able to qualify for a top-secret security clearance. This involves a check of finances and criminal activity, and a history of drug or alcohol abuse may be disqualifying. A history of emotional instability also may be disqualifying.
A score of 50 on the electronics (E) Air Force Qualifying Area of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) tests is required.
Missile and space facility specialists must be U.S. citizens. And if you have a fear of heights, this is not the job for you; it's a regular part of the job.
Training for AFSC 2M0X3
Following the standard 7 1/2 weeks in basic training and Airman's Week, airmen in this job will spend 73 days in technical school training at Vandenburg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara, California.