The United States Air Force maintains the most advanced and technically superior Air Force that the world has ever known. The aircraft that are flown by Air Force pilots perform more tasks and more complex maneuvers than any other aviation force in the world. The Air Force Turboprop and Propulsion specialist receives state of the art training in the most advanced types of propulsion and turboprop aircraft anywhere in the world. You will be responsible for installing, modifying and assembling various turboprop and propulsion systems that are found on the aircraft for the Air Force. You will be shown how to work on both propeller driven aircraft, as well as advanced jet propulsion systems. You will learn how to break down and service these systems, and provide a technology troubleshoot when one of these systems has a malfunction.
You will be responsible for daily inspections on various aircraft, as well as the service and maintenance of these aircraft. You will be shown how to remove the propeller from aircraft, and how to then step-by-step service the engine and it’s various sub systems. This will range from a complete disassembly that is performed in the field, to an in shop complete dismantling of an aircrafts turboprop system. You will learn how to identify parts that need replacement and then how to physically replace them yourself. You will learn how to time and synchronize the propellers on multi engine aircraft so they perform properly. Training for an Aerospace and turboprop specialist begins with Air Force boot camp, and then individual advanced training. You will travel to Sheppard Air Force base in Texas where you will be given training lasting anywhere from 11-18 weeks long. As you rise in rank you will be given increasing responsibility including supervision of younger and more inexperienced junior airmen and personnel. You will be responsible for assisting in their training and education as you help make them into proficient aircrew members. You will start with basic flight and engine theory, and then also be given training in advanced turboprop weapons systems and their operations.
Civilian careers in aviation are also a reality, the training you receive from the Air Force will set you in good stead for a variety of civilian careers including flight mechanic, flight engineer, and pilot or co pilot of a civilian airplane or a member of a civilian commercial air crew.