There are a number of different occupational specialties that the US Army maintains in the construction field. One of these is the US Army enlisted Electrician specialty, one that has elements in both construction and Aviation. Working in the Army, as an Electrician on Army aircraft is an exciting and fast paced job, one that often involves travel and flexibility. The members of the electrical aircraft repair team make sure that these systems as well as the electrical portion of weapons systems on Army helicopters and fixed wing aircraft are repaired, operated and properly maintained. The specialty of Army Aircraft Electrician is one that is constantly changing.
If you have a background in electronics or electrical theory this may be the job for you. Army Missions are dependant on equipment, aircraft and vehicles for patrol, flight training, transport, patrol and actual Army missions. Its up to the Army Electrician to keep all the different lights, electrical systems, instruments, landing gear, and other electrical power aircraft parts working and in top running condition. Some of the responsibilities that you will be involved in include; replacing faulting wiring, soldering electric connections, reading and repairing electric wiring diagrams. At other times you may be tasked to provide routine maintenance at the base or facility where you normally serve. Job training for becoming an enlisted Army Electrician starts with Basic Combat Training. As an Army Electrical Aircraft specialist you will work to inspect, supervise, and perform various electrical maintenance on electrical systems on the spectrum of Army Aircraft. Some of the tasks that you may be asked to perform as an Army Aircraft Electrician include: repairing electrical systems on various Army Aircraft, repairing, adjusting, testing, installing and troubleshooting electronic elements. With each new aircraft and type of airframe, the need for trained electronics and electric systems specialists increases. You will attend basic training for 9 weeks. After that you will proceed to 19 weeks of individual advanced training, where you will learn electrical theory, electric system maintenance, troubleshooting procedures and other repair techniques. Many of these missions need maintenance crews and one of the main important crewmembers is the Army Aircraft electrician.
You will study and learn to become an expert on electronic subsystems on aircraft assemblies, troubleshooting and diagnosing electrical malfunctions and problems in electronic components, and applying basic principals of pneumatics.