Specialty Summary. Analyzes malfunctions, inspects, removes, maintains, and installs integrated avionics systems. Performs and supervises avionics maintenance and general aircraft servicing and handling.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Operates and maintains avionics systems. Analyzes equipment operating characteristics to isolate malfunctions in avionics systems, radar, integrated test systems built-in-test (BIT), multiplexed data buss systems, recording systems, firee control systems, video display systems, flight instrumental, mission computer systems, electro-optical viewing systems (EVS), inertial navigation systems (INS), primary and secondary flight controls, automatic flight control, engine instrumentation, fuel management systems, central air data systems, electronic warfare (EW) systems, sensors, communication, and navigation systems, aircraft indicating systems, airborne warning and control systems (WACS), surveillance radar, joint surveillance target attack radar systems (JSTARS), and interrogator systems.

Removes, installs, checks, and repairs avionics systems and line replaceable units (LRU). Diagnoses malfunctions using technical orders, schematics, wiring diagrams, integrated test systems and other test equipment. Removes, replaces, and repairs faulty system wiring, electrical connectors, antennas, transmission lines, and multiconductor cables. Modifies avionics systems according to technical publications. Updates operational logs, inspection records, aircraft forms, and automated maintenance systems. Performs and supervises alignment, calibration, and boresight of avionics systems. Uploads ground maintenance and operational software. Performs off-equipment maintenance on selected avionics LRUs and maintains peculiar support equipment (SE).

Inspects and evaluates aircraft maintenance activities. Inspects and verifies operational status and configuration of avionics systems and software. Records and ensures validity of entries into maintenance data collection and inspection systems. Resolves and assists units in solving maintenance and supply problems. Interprets and recommends corrective action to inspection findings. Prepares aircraft for low altitude attack profiles, precision bombing, convert operations, and reconnaissance.

Plans, organizes and directs aircraft maintenance activities. Establishes methods and performance standards. Analyzes reports and maintenance plans. Directs operation and modification of standard operating procedures. Establishes priorities. Evaluates activities for compliance with directives. Supervises and assists in aircraft ground servicing, and launch/recovery operations. Reviews maintenance data collection summaries to determine trends and production effectiveness. May perform as aircraft Dedicated Crew Chief.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: interpreting and applying mechanical, wiring, and electronic circuit diagrams; electronic, micro-processor, data bus, and mechanical principles theory and application; theory of flight; gyros, synchros, indicators, memory storage devices, antennas, servomechanisms, electromechanical, electro-hydraulic, and electro-optical devices; radar, radio frequency communication, surveillance radar and interrogator systems, pulse Doppler radar theory, dependent navigation aides, inertial and radar navigation, electronic countermeasure transmitters and receivers; lasers, infrared/ultraviolet receivers; optics, automatic flight controls, instruments, multiplexing, fire control, vide display, and digital computer systems working principles; subsystem tie-in between integrated avionics systems; using and interpreting testing and measuring devices; principles of motion and power transmission by fluid, mechanical and electrical means; and concepts and application of maintenance directives.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in physics, computers, and mathematics is desirable.


For award of AFSC 2A533X, completion of the applicable suffix basic avionics systems course is mandatory.

For award of AFSC 2A573X, completion of the craftsman course is mandatory.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

2A553X. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A533X. Also, experience isolating malfunctions, removing and installing LRUs, and use of test and ground SE.

2A573X. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A553X. Also, experience performing or supervising functions such as analyzing and isolating integrated avionics systems malfunctions and using test equipment.

Other. The following are mandatory as indicated:

For entry into this specialty:

Normal color vision as defined in AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards.

Specialty requires routine access to Secret material or similar environment. For award and retention of AFSCs 2A5X3X, completion of a current National Agency Check, Local Agency Checks and Credit (NACLC) according to AFI 31 501, Personnel Security Program Management.
NOTE: Award of the 3-skill level without a completed NACLC is authorized provided an interim NACLC has been granted according to AFI 31-501.

*Specialty Shredouts:

Suffix Portion of AFS to Which Related

A Communication, Navigation, and Mission
B Instrument and Flight Controls
C Electronic Warfare
D Airborne Surveillance Radar Systems