Aircraft Engine Mechanic

Department of Defense Andrews Air Force Base, MD
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This is an Air Reserve Technician (ART) position. ARTs are part of the regular career civil service and enjoy all the benefits granted to Federal employees in the competitive civil service. In addition, ARTs are required to maintain their active membership in the AF Reserve unit where assigned. ARTs receive on average one weekend of military training per month.

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* Performs troubleshooting on a variety of complete operational aircraft reciprocating or gas turbine engines in aircraft on the flight-line, or rebuilt or modified engines in test cells.

* Disassembles, repairs, and reassembles aircraft engines, their assemblies, and components. Diagnoses problems causing engine malfunction through the use of various test and measurement equipment.

* Uses a variety of test equipment, hand, and power tools. Uses measuring instruments common to the trade.

* Utilizes safety practices and procedures following established safety rules and regulations and maintains a safe and clean work area.

* Certifies work produced under the USAF Technical Order Program. Removes or installs entire propulsion systems from/on aircraft working as a member or leader of an engine change team.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

8602 Aircraft Engine Mechanic

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* U.S. Citizenship is required

* Must be a current member of the AF Reserve or willing/qualified to join

* A security clearance may be required

* PCS expenses are not authorized and will not be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations

* Males must be registered for Selective Service, see

* Total salary varies depending on location of position

* This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program

* Position is subject to random drug testing

* Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays

* Shift work and emergency overtime may be required

* Employee must maintain current certifications

* Disclosure of Political Appointments



Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C; for additional information click here. Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most trade and labor occupations, you must meet any screen-out element(s) listed, and show through experience and training that you possess the quality level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position at the level for which applying. Qualification requirements emphasis is on the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Knowledge of the installation, operation, and repair of gas turbine or reciprocating aircraft engines and accessory systems.

2. Knowledge of engine repair practices to identify and correctly choose between alternative methods and trade techniques, adapt accepted repair procedures to new or unfamiliar engines or accessory systems, to anticipate required tools and parts, and to set up the work area.

3. Knowledge of safety regulations, practices, and procedures. Knowledge of documentation procedures. Skill in the use of measuring instruments such as vibration analyzers, pyrometers, engine analyzers, engine diagnostic computer systems, data transfer sets, and test benches.

4. Skill in the interpretation and use of technical orders, manufacturers' manuals, engine records, maintenance bulletins, and other technical information.

5. Ability to troubleshoot engine malfunctions, interpret trouble reports or observed instrument readings, appearances, etc., make a tentative diagnosis; select needed tools and test equipment; and disassemble the engine or accessory system to locate the defect.

6.. Ability to repair and rework engine parts and components and replace accessories such as portions of electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems.

Knowledge of USAF Technical Order Program and its certification procedures.


The work requires moderate to strenuous effort. Must stand, stoop, bend, and reach. Frequently handles items weighing up to 10 pounds, and often lift and carry assemblies weighing up to 50 pounds. Hoists, hand trucks, lifts, and other employees are available to assist when handling heavy or awkward items. May be required to climb steps and ladders and stand on slippery or inclined surfaces.


Work is performed in clean, well lighted, and well ventilated production areas. May work outside or inside in areas that are drafty, cold, hot, and noisy, such as aircraft hangars. Stands on concrete or hard composition floors for long periods of time. Frequently exposed to grease and solvents, to noise from jet engines, drills and hammers, and to the possibility of cuts and abrasions from handling tools. Occasionally exposed to shop / flightline hazards.


1. May be required to work overtime, rotating shifts, uncommon tours, weekends, etc.

2. May be required to obtain special certification training (i.e., Red X, engine run, etc.) and security clearance. Incumbent may be required to travel in military or commercial aircraft when TDY is necessary and to support Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) contingencies.

3. May be required to performs other related duties and shop details, as assigned.

4. This is an Air Reserve Technician (ART) position. The incumbent is required to meet and maintain Air Force Reserve requirements. Work schedule will be aligned to allow incumbent to fully participate in unit training assemblies (UTA). The incumbent's regular assignments are ART duties; however, the incumbent may be assigned some non-ART duties, generally not to exceed 30 percent of total responsibilities. May be required to fly in commercial and military aircraft to perform temporary/permanent duty assignments.

5. This is a testing designated position (TDP). The employee is subject to random drug testing.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

This is an Air Reserve Technician (ART) position. ARTs are eligible for 15 days active duty tour each year for which military leave is granted with full civilian pay. Air Reserve units and members; are subject to immediate call to active duty in mobilization to meet a national emergency. For additional information regarding ART positions and/or military qualifications, please call 1-800-257-1212. Retired military are usually ineligible for membership in the AF Reserve. Retired military that have active AF Reserve assignments may apply provided they show assignment (position) on the application. A military service member's statement of service/certification will be accepted IF a terminal leave form or DD214 cannot be provided. The statement/certification should indicate member's separation from active duty is within 120 days of the closing date of this announcement. It must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.