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Aerospace Maintenance


Minimum Education Requirement:
high school diploma or GED with 15 college credits


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Career Description

Before an Air Force plane gets in the air, it has to first get by an Aerospace Maintenance specialist. In this role, you'll be responsible for ensuring the plane is in perfect working order. If it's not, you'll work with specialists to repair what's broken and get the plane ready to go. Preflight, you'll give the plane one final look-over to make sure it's serviced with fuel, hydraulic fluid and liquid oxygen before giving it your final approval. Why does an Aerospace Maintenance specialist have so much responsibility? Because it's not just a plane you're putting in the air; it's also a pilot.

Career Tasks

  • Perform scheduled inspections and preventive maintenance on aircraft and aircraft-installed equipment
  • Execute postflight examination to ensure aircraft is still in operating-ready condition
  • Maintain and repair aircraft, performing general mechanical work as opposed to working on a specific system

Relevant Interests & Skills

  • Electronics
  • Mechanics
  • Problem-solving
  • Maintenance and Repair
  • Working with Your Hands
  • Working with Aircraft


After eight and a half weeks of Basic Military Training, every Airman goes to technical training to learn their career. Here's the basic information about Aerospace Maintenance technical training:

School location: Sheppard AFB [TX]

Length of course: varies, depending on aircraft

College degree earned: Aviation Maintenance Technology

College credits earned: varies