Aircraft Survival And Flight Equipment Repairer

Department of Defense Homestead, FL
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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.

The primary purpose of this position is: as an Air Reserve Technician (ART), to serve as Section Small Shop Chief no more than 25% of the time over journey level Aircrew Flight Equipment technicians. To provide training to reservists in the accomplishment of tasks set forth herein.

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Performs administrative supervisory duties over the journey level repairers in the section no more than 25 percent of the time.

Responsible for directing the activities and operations of a small shop which inspects, tests, troubleshoots, maintains, disassembles, repairs, installs, modifies, stores, issues, fits, and adjusts aircrew flight equipment and chemical/biological defense equipment.

Disassembles, assembles, inspects, fabricates, modifies, alters, cleans, repairs, and packs aerospace components such as protective clothing and covers, upholstery, thermal radiation barriers, flotation equipment, emergency evacuation systems, and parachutes.

As an instructor-qualified Aircrew Flight Equipment technician, instructs aircrews on equipment use, operation, and capabilities.

Performs documentation and Quality Control Inspections (QCI) tasks. Conducts security, safety, and occupational health education to minimize minor violations and to avoid major violations due to employee error or negligence.


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

4818 Aircraft Survival Flight Equipment Repair

* 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 if authorized will 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 may be 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

* The work may require the employee to drive a motor vehicle. An appropriate, valid driver's license may be required.

* May be required to fly in commercial and/or military aircraft to perform temporary duty (TDY) assignments.

* This position is covered by the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Amendment (30 Sep 96) of the Gun Control Act (Lautenberg Amendment) of 1968. An individual convicted of a qualifying crime of domestic violence may not perform the duties of this position.


JOB ELEMENTS: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision.

2. Knowledge of aircrew flight equipment and chemical/biological defense equipment inspections and maintenance procedures using, fitting, and caring for aircrew flight equipment and chemical/biological defense equipment; and related supply procedures; and aircrew flight equipment continuation and chemical/biological defense training classes.

3. Knowledge of pyrotechnic and explosive devices and aircraft egress systems. Knowledge of parachute construction; temperature and humidity affects on parachutes and other fabrics; characteristics of rubberized items as well as the effects of solvent, heat, and pressure on rubber; and a variety of common fabrics, webbings, tapes, etc., to include their finishes, performance, and handling.

4. Knowledge of shop mathematics, e.g., fractions, equations, and plane measurements and tools and tool control procedures. Knowledge of safety requirements, practices, and procedures including the proper handling, use, and disposal of hazardous waste, materials, and pyrotechnics as outlined in applicable standards, manuals, and directives.

5. Knowledge of applicable personnel, manpower, time, and attendance, and budgeting instructions, guidelines, and requirements.

6. Ability to demonstrate and explain proper usage and operation of aircrew flight and survival equipment; make working sketches and complicated cutting layouts; draw patterns or adjust standard patterns; fit items to spaces with unusual parameters or obstructions; input and extract data from a database using a keyboard (a qualified typist is not required); set up, operate, and perform minor maintenance of equipment used in performing duties.

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.



Incumbent is exposed to aircraft noise and performs considerable bending, stooping, climbing, reaching, and standing for extended periods of time and lifting up to seventyfive pounds. Climbs on aircraft and work platforms. Incumbent must maintain ready reserve status in unit assigned and fly in military aircraft or commercial aircraft for TDY purposes. May be required to drive military vehicles. Mandatory training includes CPR, self-aid and buddy care, environmental practices and procedures from law, instructions, and directives. Complies with explosive safety license requirements. Member may be required to work alone.


Working conditions: Works inside and outside. Subject to inclement weather and danger of falling from parked aircraft. Possible danger from explosive munitions, pyrotechnics, activating devices, and high pressure cylinders. Exposure to eye, respiratory and skin irritations from toxic fumes, chemicals, poisons, insulation, waste materials and fiber glass materials. Possible infectious disease hazard through contact with body fluids on equipment. Works in noisy, hazardous areas.

Physical Effort: Lifts up to 75 pounds. Extensive standing, some walking, climbing, bending and stooping.