Working in the Air Force as a Turboprop Enlisted Specialist is one of the most technologically challenging career paths in the modern military. You will work with propeller aircraft and turbo propeller aviation craft, as well as dealing with in some situations jet aircraft. The Air Force Propulsion and Turboprop specialist is a member of the aviation elite, and you will receive training that is state of the air, and be trained in the most advanced types of turbo propeller aircraft and propulsion. You will work to assemble, modify, repair and install different elements and systems that are found and featured on the aircraft in the United States Air Force.
Part of the time you will work on advanced types of propeller driven aircraft as well as being instructed in propulsion and jet aircraft systems. You will be shown and instructed how to break these types of systems down for service, and how to troubleshoot systems when one has a problem or a malfunction. You will work to learn not only how to maintain and service these aircraft, but how to properly remove the propeller, service the engines of each type of airframe, and how to conduct maintenance schedules. Working on precision systems you will be responsible for dealing with step by step types of sub system service and removal, as well as complete shop disassembly and dismantling of turboprop aircraft systems. You will be shown and instructed in parts replacement and learn how to physically replace and service different parts on your own. You will also be shown how to deal with types of aircraft and aircraft parts identification and classification. Training for an a position as a Air Force Enlisted Turbo Propeller specialist begins with basic training the same as any other enlisted Air Force Job. After basic training you will be assigned to a training school at Sheppard Air Force Base, or elsewhere for training where you will attend training for between 11 and 18 weeks.
You will learn basic engine theory and flight aviation procedures, as well as learning about advanced mechanical and turbo propeller theory. After you graduate from training school you will be assigned to a squadron where you will work with and report to older more experienced flight mechanics, and continue your training.