Specialty Summary. Inspects aerospace weapon systems components and support equipment for structural integrity using nondestructive inspection methods and performs fluid analysis.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Determines test method, and prepares fluids and parts for nondestructive inspection. Interprets nondestructive inspection test results, and provides information about defects to repair center. Analyzes wear metal content on engine lubricating oil and other fluids, and recommends corrective action. Establishes radiation areas for radiographic operations. Computes and monitors personal exposure areas for radiographic operations, and monitors personnel exposure data.

Performs nondestructive inspection on structures, components, and systems. Detects flaws such as cracks, delaminations, voids, processing defects, and heat damage using penetrant, eddy current, magnetic particle, radiographic, optical, and ultrasonic test equipment. Determines metallurgical information of components according to alloy, temper, conductivity, and associated factors.

Operates, maintains, and inspects nondestructive equipment. Performs operator maintenance and service inspections on shop equipment and tools. Ensures lock out and tag out procedures are accomplished prior to maintenance on equipment. Performs silver recovery functions. Handles and disposes of hazardous waste and materials.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: characteristics of metals identification; wear metals identification and content; metal discontinuity and flaw detection; operation and maintenance of nondestructive test and oil analysis equipment; safety codes and practices; radiological safety and radiation monitoring procedures; technical orders and directives; and proper handling, use, and disposal of hazardous waste and materials.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in mathematics, chemistry, industrial technology, physics, and shop is desirable. Also, completion of computer knowledge courses is desirable.

Training. The following training is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

2A732. Completion of a basic nondestructive inspection course.

2A772. Completion of an advanced nondestructive inspection course.

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

2A752. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A732. Also, experience flaw detection process controls, equipment calibration and maintenance, safety directives, and hazardous waste programs.

2A772. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2A752. Also, experience supervising functions such as those involved in a nondestructive inspection laboratory.

Other. The following are mandatory as indicated:

For entry into this specialty, the following are mandatory:

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

For duty in and award of this AFSC, minimum age is 18 years.