U.S. Air Force Commissioned Officer Job

Developmental Engineer (62EX) Job Descriptions

AFSC 62E4, Staff
AFSC 62E3, Qualified
AFSC 62E1, Entry

Specialty Summary

Plans, organizes, manages, and implements systems engineering process to assure required capability over life cycle of Air Force systems. Included are accomplishing specialized engineering processes and subprocesses; formulating engineering policy and procedures; and coordinating and directing engineering and technical management activities and operations necessary for system conception, development, production, verification, deployment, sustainment, operations, support, training, and disposal. This includes technical management associated with the requirements definition, design, manufacturing and quality, test, support engineering and technologies, modifications, spares acquisition, technical orders, mission critical computer resources, support equipment, and specialized engineering.

Related DoD Occupational Group: 5L. (See individual suffixes for specific engineering occupational codes.)

Duties and Responsibilities

Accomplishes systems engineering processes and sub-processes. Performs systems planning activities associated with design, development, manufacturing, sustainment, and modification of systems to satisfy customer requirements. Identifies and transitions new technologies in systems and subsystems. Prepares, evaluates, and implements methods, processes, and techniques that support system design to improve performance, reliability, and maintainability for systems development and modification programs.

Conducts design studies and manages studies contracted to industries. Participates in formulating program documentation and progress assessments for all phases of the acquisition process. Provides technical consultation.

Coordinates engineering and technical management activities. Advises management and staff on operations, current and revised policies and procedures, and new business practices. Coordinates with other functional activities to accomplish advance planning and to ensure process integration is accomplished, accurate, and understood. Maintains engineering and technical management liaison with contractors, Air Force field organizations, Army, Navy, Foreign Military Sales, and other governmental agencies.

Formulates engineering and technical management policies and procedures. Continuously analyzes technical policies and procedures, products, and services to improve customer support. Establishes policies and procedures based on improved processes, methods, and sound business practices.

Plans, organizes, and directs engineering and technical management operations. Plans, schedules, and allocates work. Maintains work flow data to meet deadlines and established priorities. Analyzes Air Force requirements to determine if existing technical related infrastructure is capable of meeting customers needs. Directs personnel in performance of development and sustainment functions.

Specialty Qualifications

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of the Air Force systems engineering process, including development, test, and engineering policies, procedures, and management practices.

Education. The following education is mandatory for entry into the AFSC indicated: (Engineering degrees must be in a school that has at least one program accredited by a nationally recognized body in engineering. Currently, the national accrediting body is the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.)

62E1. Undergraduate academic specialization or advanced degree in engineering unless member possesses a fully qualified AFSC in a suffix of this specialty.

62E1X. Undergraduate engineering degree in the specialization identified by the suffix except shredouts F, and G.

62E1F. Undergraduate academic specialization in engineering, a physical science, or mathematics.

62E1G. Undergraduate academic specialization in engineering.


The following training is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

62E3X. Completion of the Defense Acquisition University Fundamentals of Systems Acquisition Management (ACQ 101) course or Acquisition Fundamentals Course (L30QR63A1).

62E3F. Completion of the Air Force Flight Test Engineer Course or comparable US Navy or foreign flight test engineer course.


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

62E3F. A minimum of 6 months of experience as a flight test engineer.

62E3X. A minimum of 24 months of experience is mandatory for upgrade to fully qualified in the specialty suffix. It is mandatory that experience include assignments in such activities as research, development, design, and technical writing in the suffix specialization. A master's degree in the specialization may be substituted for 12 of the required 24 months experience. A Doctor of Philosophy degree in the suffix specialization fulfills the 24 month requirement.

Other. None.

Specialty Shredouts

A....................Aeronautical (Occ code 4D)
B....................Astronautical (Occ code 4D)
C....................Computer Systems (Occ code 4B)
E.................... Electrical/Electronic (Occ code 4B)
F .................... Flight Test (Occ code 2D)
G....................Project (Occ code 5L)
H....................Mechanical (Occ code 4D)