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Aerospace Propulsion, Turboprop and Turboshaft Propulsion


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


high school graduatemechanicalenlistedelectronics & electricsmaintenance & repairaircraft

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Aerospace Propulsion, Turboprop and Turboshaft Propulsion

Career Description

When people think Air Force, they think jets. But they should also think propellers because that's what propels some of our most significant planes, from the AC-130 Gunship to the MQ-9 Reaper. Keeping these turboprop and turboshaft engines in top shape falls to a special corps of Aerospace Propulsion specialists. As part of this group, you'll be able to completely disassemble, reassemble, repair and overhaul every aspect of the engine and then fine-tune it like the precise instrument it is. This career field has a high impact on the Air Force and can lead to duty in multiple countries.

Career Tasks

  • Install, modify, assemble and overhaul turboprop aircraft engines and their related systems
  • Ensure that propellers on multiengine aircraft are synchronized
  • Remove defective components and install serviceable machinery
  • Perform test runs on repaired engines

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 Propulsion, Turboprop and Turboshaft Propulsion technical training:

School location: Sheppard AFB [TX]

Length of course: 53–61 days (varies)

College degree earned: Aviation Maintenance Technology

College credits earned: 17–25 (varies)