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Sensor Operator


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


high school graduateelectronicsgeneralenlistedweaponry & materielintelligencecomputers & computer science

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Sensor Operator

Career Description

In the heat of battle, it's important to know exactly where you stand. As a Sensor Operator, you will provide the intelligence our forces need in order to know what actions to take. You'll use state-of-the-art equipment to perform surveillance and reconnaissance and provide close air support and real-time battle damage assessment. You will also use precision-guided munitions to help eliminate targets and threats. As a Sensor Operator, you'll play a vital role in keeping people safe and making sure missions succeed.

Career Tasks

  • Perform intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance
  • Operate remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) mission equipment, systems, electro-optical sensor systems and electronic protection (EP) equipment
  • Gather, record, display and distribute mission information
  • Assist in mission planning, including close air support, interdiction, armed reconnaissance, combat search and rescue and limited forward air control

Relevant Interests & Skills

  • Weaponry and Materiel
  • Intelligence
  • Computers and Computer Science


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 Sensor Operator technical training:

School locations: Lackland AFB [TX], Randolph AFB [TX]

Length of course: 34 days

College degree earned: Air and Space Operations Technology

College credits earned: varies