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Helicopter Maintenance


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


high school graduatemechanicalenlistedelectronics & electricsnatural scienceengineering & applied science

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Helicopter Maintenance

Career Description

Helicopters play a larger role in the Air Force mission than most people suspect, and that's why having first-rate Helicopter Maintenance specialists is so vital. From rescue operations to special forces insertions, our helicopters do it all, and they need to be able to do it at a moment's notice. Specialists need to be good with their hands, quick with their problem-solving and have a superb attention to detail because the smallest mistake can be the difference between mission success and failure.

Career Tasks

  • Perform preventive maintenance by inspecting the helicopter airframe and its various systems
  • Repair and maintain (remove, install, adjust) and perform operational checks of systems such as rotor, transmission and drive, landing gear, fuel, hydraulic and electrical
  • Adjust, align and calibrate aircraft systems
  • Service various helicopter systems, ground handling, launch and recovery and disassembly and reassembly of the helicopter
  • Prepare aircraft for movement to and from storage
  • Request and assist engine mechanic and electrician specialists as required

Relevant Interests & Skills

  • Electronics
  • Problem-solving
  • Engineering
  • Maintenance and Repair
  • Physics


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 Helicopter Maintenance technical training:

School locations: Kirtland AFB [NM], Fort Eustis [VA]

Length of course: 73 days

College degree earned: Aviation Maintenance Technology

College credits earned: 26