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Aircraft Ordnance Systems Mechanic (Military Requirement)

Air Force Civilian Service Elmendorf Afb, AK

Job Description


The primary purpose of this Air Reserve Technician (ART) Enlisted position is to serve as an Aircraft Ordnance Systems Mechanic to verify and analyze malfunctions, troubleshoot, calibrate, modify, test, align, inspect, repair, configure, deconfigure, and load assigned integrated weapons delivery systems; and to provide training to reservists in the accomplishment of tasks set forth herein. As such, the incumbent of this position will perform the following duties:

  • Troubleshoot integrated weapons systems, electronic, and electro-mechanical components, assemblies  and test equipment to determine nature of malfunctions and corrective actions required.
  • Perform maintenance, repair, inspection, fabrication and modification of integrated weapons systems electronic and electro-mechanical components and their subassemblies.
  • Perform alignment and calibration of integrated weapons systems components, subassemblies, and associated test equipment.
  • Remove/install integrated weapons systems electronic components, and subassemblies into aircraft, alternate mission equipment, and associated test equipment.
  • Perform pretest operational, functional, and final testing of integrated weapons systems electronic components, and their subassemblies.


A specific length of experience or training is not required.  However, you must have had experience and/or training (military or civilian, paid or unpaid) of sufficient scope and quality to be able to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying. You must show that you have the experience as identified in the Job Elements listed below as they relate to the position for which you are applying.  Since your rating will be based upon the information you supply in your application (resume), you should be as detailed as possible and use the following Job Elements as a guide to assist you in identifying your relevant work experience.

(ELEMENT A) --Ability to Do the Work of an Aircraft Ordnance Systems Mechanic Without More Than Normal Supervision.  What work can you do by yourself without the help of a boss or supervisor?  Give examples of the kinds of instructions your supervisor gives when you start a task.  Tell about experience you have had that shows you can work on the basis of your own judgment. (ELEMENT B) --Ability to Use and Maintain Equipment--List the hand tools, power tools, specialized tools, and related support equipment that you have used and give brief examples of the work performed with each. (ELEMENT C) --Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, Etc.--List the kinds of equipment you have had to assemble; make; install; test; or repair. Give examples of the work you performed on the equipment such as assemble; disassemble; install; test; maintain; repair; troubleshoot; calibrate; modify; and design.(ELEMENT F) --Technical Practices--Give examples of your work experience that required inventing new methods to do tasks that could not be done in regular ways. State trade theory or technical principles you are familiar with which must be understood to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Give examples of work you have performed which required knowledge and experience in new and up-to-date trade practices. Also, give examples of your work, which required precise timing, accurate dimensions, or precise fit. (ELEMENT I) --Use of Test Equipment or Measuring Instruments--List the measuring instruments and/or test equipment that you have used and briefly describe for what purpose you used each. (ELEMENT J) --Troubleshooting--Give examples of your experience troubleshooting equipment. Show the extent to which you had to understand the entire system to isolate the problem. Tell extent of danger to equipment if incorrectly handled while troubleshooting. Give examples of the more difficult troubleshooting you have done. (ELEMENT K) --Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specifications (including Blueprints), Etc.--What kind of instructions, specification or directives have you had to interpret? Be sure to describe experience in interpreting new instructions or specifications concerning changes in operational procedures. How frequent were changes? On what jobs did you have to interpret manufacturers guides, catalogues, technical manuals, drawings, blueprints, charts or maps? Give examples of the more difficult instructions, etc. you had to interpret.


Position may or will require incumbent to: (1) Meet and maintain Air Force Reserve military requirements. Incumbents regular assignments are primarily ART duties; however, the incumbent may be assigned some non-ART duties, generally not to exceed 30 percent of total responsibilities.  (2) May be subject to shift work and uncommon tours of duty.  (3) Perform expediter/dispatcher duties. (4) 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. (5) Operate crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle.  (6) Stand, bend, and stoop for extended periods of time.  (7) Work outside in inclement weather. (8) Be exposed to toxic fumes, fuel, high pressure air and fluids, electrical shock or burns caused by electrical or RF energy.  Dangers also include engine noise, blast, ingestion, and fast actuating metal surfaces such as landing gears, speed brakes, and flaps.  (9)Transport, assemble, load, arm, or safe any assigned munitions, explosive device, or assembly up to and including class 1 explosives.  (10) Be subject to the hazards related to the removal or disassembly of explosive devices or subassemblies from explosive laden aircraft.  (11) This is a drug testing designated position (TDP).  The employee is subject to random drug testing.  (12) Obtain and maintain appropriate security clearance.  (13)  Lift over 80 pounds.


The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

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Other Information

  • Preferred Military AFSC: 2W1X1
  • Candidates are encouraged to provide a copy of their military experience and training (VMET) documents with their resume in order to expedite recruitment efforts. Visit the Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success) website to obtain this VMET information.
  • For more information visit the Air Force Special Examining Unit website at
  • Individuals on active duty may apply 120 days before separation date and should indicate in their application their military separation date. Individuals with more than 120 days before separation date must submit with their application a letter, signed by their commanding officer, stating the individual will be released from active duty (Palace Chase) if they obtain an ART position. Reservists who are mobilized may submit a copy of their mobilization orders or a statement in their application stating they are available within 120 days.
  • Individual who have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition assistance Program (ICTAP) must rank in the Best or Highly qualified categories to be considered well qualified for the position. Federal civilian employees seeking ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirement of 5 CFR 330.704. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of the most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of the most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP eligible.
  • Spouses of active duty military members of the Armed Forces may receive preference in hiring under this announcement if they are among the best qualified referred and are within reach of selection. For information on military spouse preference, please refer to website  Please clearly identify in your application that you are asking for spouse preference.
  • All Federal Employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.