Working in the Air Force as an Avionics System Specialist is a fast paced and high stress position. You will be working on equipment of a number of different aircraft including the F/15 A, and the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft. You will be responsible for troubleshooting when equipment breaks down, and to inspect, remove, test, and install repaired equipment aboard aircraft after it has been fixed. Your position as an Air Force Avionics Specialist will focus on in depth troubleshooting, and having the ability to fix issues not normally seen at the first glance. You will become a systems expert on the aircraft that the Air Force trains you on. Part of your job will be to insure that weapons are able to be delivered on time on task and to meet mission parameters. You will be responsible to inspecting and maintaining various weapons systems and navigational systems that support these aircraft.
The navigation and weapons systems are vital on the F15 and U2, and provide defense and attack capability, as well as important information to the pilot and crew regarding the mission and the location of the aircraft, as well as the location number and position of the enemy. These special systems give the pilot the ability to reach his destination safely and on time, deliver his weapons, and then to return home safely. You will be trained in diagnosis and troubleshooting, as well as how to use state of the art modern Air force test equipment. Training will start with boot camp, and then you will advance to individual advance training for your specialty. You will be trained at either Kessler AFB in Mississippi, or Sheppard AFB in Texas. You will be given advanced skills to allow you to perform all necessary flight aircraft maintenance tasks required of your job.
You will be trained in the classroom and on the job, learning how to evaluate and troubleshoot the weapons, navigation and control systems found on these aircraft. Following technical school, you will be stationed as part of an aircrew, at an Air Force Base somewhere in the United States or Overseas. You will drill and become proficient, learning by experience and by additional training you will receive from other members of your aircrew team. In time you will as you rise in rank assist in training other crewmembers, and be yourself responsible for more duties and tasks.