AGE Mechanics are skilled in maintenance, repair and servicing of Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE) and Ground Support Equipment (GSE). Use appropriate technical orders, tooling, equipment and material to accomplish maintenance functions including but not limited to the following: inspection, troubleshooting, repairing, removing and replacing components on all War Reserve Material (WRM) AGE-GSE equipment. May perform welding, abrasive blasting and painting of equipment. Inspect work performed by Servicers. Perform Transient Alert Services duties.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
AGE-GSE Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
• Diagnose malfunctions and repairs on AGE and GSE:
o Advise and train lower grade workers on diagnosis and repair of less complex repair/maintenance problems, inspect and approve completed maintenance actions,
o Solve repair problems by studying drawings, wiring diagrams and schematics, and technical publications;
o Use automated maintenance data systems to monitor maintenance trends, analyze equipment requirements, maintain equipment records, and document maintenance actions.
o Analyze, diagnose, and repair AGE-GSE using conventional and digital multi-meters, voltmeters, ohmmeters, frequency counters, oscilloscopes, circuit card testers, transistor testers, and hand tools.
• Maintain external fuel and grounding systems.
• Perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on AGE-GSE, inspect, test, and operate AGE-GSE to determine equipment serviceability and proper operation, service equipment with fuel, oil, water, coolant, hydraulic fluid, compressed air and gasses, diagnose mechanical and electronic circuitry malfunctions using visual and auditory senses, test equipment, and technical publications.
• Disassemble and assemble malfunctioning AGE-GSE equipment accessories and components.
• Remove, disassemble repair, clean, treat for corrosion, assemble, and reinstall AGE-GSE components and accessories.
• Stencil and mark AGE-GSE in accordance with technical publications; store.
• Handle, label, use, and dispose of hazardous materials and waste in accordance with all state, local, and federal environmental standards and regulations.
• Prepare AGE-GSE for use, storage, shipping, and mobility deployment.
• Operate, clean, inspect, and service general purpose and AGE-GSE towing vehicles.
• Maintain and update paper and electronic equipment records, provide dispatch service for AGE-GSE, including positioning equipment to support aircraft maintenance and flying operations.
• Practice good housekeeping, tool control, Foreign Object Damage (FOD) prevention, and safety at all times.
• May perform GSE Servicer duties as required.
Welding Specific Duties:
• Ignite torches or start power supplies and strike arcs by touching electrodes to metals being welded, completing electrical circuits.
• Perform pre-heat and post weld stress relief operations.
• Design and fabricate weld holding fixtures as necessary to perform individual welding projects.
• Clamp, hold, tack-weld, heat-bend, grind or bolt component parts to obtain required configurations and positions for welding.
• Detect faulty operation of equipment or defective materials and notify supervisors.
• Operate manual or semi-automatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments, using processes such as gas tungsten arc, gas metal arc, flux-cored arc, plasma arc, shielded metal arc, and resistance welding.
• Monitor the fitting, burning, and welding processes to avoid overheating of parts or warping, shrinking, distortion, or expansion of material.
• Examine work pieces for defects and measure work pieces with straightedges or templates to ensure conformance with specifications.
• Determine the sequence of welding in order to prevent or reduce the amount of warp to the weld.
• Weld a wide variety of materials such as aluminum, magnesium, alloyed and low alloy steel, stainless steel and nickel alloy steels.
• Produce critical welds and assist in the development process of generating Weld Procedure Specifications as mandated by welding codes and specifications.
• Recognize, set up, and operate hand and power tools common to the welding trade, such as shielded metal arc and gas metal arc welding equipment.
• Layout, position, align, and secure parts and assemblies prior to assembly, using straightedges, combination squares, calipers, and rulers.
• Disassemble/reassemble AGE/GSE to facilitate welding and/or similar repairs.
• Operate all associated equipment in performance of duties, (e.g. Drill Press, Horizontal/Vertical Band Saw, Mag Drill, air compressors, “bobcat” welder, etc.).
• Assist in AGE-GSE recovery/repair outside of a shop environment.
• Ensure safe handling of welding tools and equipment IAW Air Force Consolidated Occupation Safety Instruction.
• Maintain weld records.
• May perform duties as a Qualified Weld Inspector by inspecting own welds and those of less qualified welders, and may perform duties such as training and re-certification in the various welding processes.
Abrasive Blasting and Painting Specific Duties:
• Maintain and safely operate a Paint Booth and Abrasive Blasting facility:
o Ensure cleanliness of facilities by removing paint dust particles, blasting beads, and paint accumulations within the facilities and accumulated on fixtures;
o Ensure adequate lighting and ventilation in facilities;
o Safely use riggings, hoists, ladders, scaffolding, lifts and other equipment used in the painting process and ensure they are serviceable/operational.
o Replace and properly dispose of air filters;
o Use correct methods for limiting dust, debris, and hazardous materials from contaminating the environment.
o Apply paper to protect interior surfaces of the Paint Booth;
o Ensure proper wear and maintenance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
o Ensure only authorized personnel are allowed entry into the facility during blasting or painting operations and are adequately protected with PPE.
• Required to use respiratory PPE during abrasive blasting or painting activities.
• Mix and match various types of paint.
• Prepare surfaces for painting tasks by scraping, filing and sanding holes and cracks.
• Apply coats of paint with roller, brush and spray equipment.
• Paint interiors and exteriors of equipment.
• Clean and maintain brushes and other tools utilized after every painting job.
• Ensure safe handling of paint tools IAW Air Force Consolidated Occupation Safety Instruction.
• Store, handle, label, use, and dispose of hazardous materials and waste in accordance with all state, local, and federal environmental standards and regulations.
• Operate, clean, inspect, and service vehicles.
• Maintain and update paper and electronic equipment records.
• Exercise proper controls for removing and returning hazardous materials from storage locations.
• May perform minor disassembly/assembly to facilitate the painting process.
Transient Alert Services Duties and Responsibilities:
• Guide a variety of fixed and rotary wing aircraft from taxiways to designated parking.
• Operate a "follow me" vehicle.
• During aircraft/helicopter start-up and shutdown, perform fireguard duties, to include:
o Maintaining constant awareness of aircraft.
o Operate a 50-lb. fire extinguisher.
• As marshaller, utilize international aircraft marshalling signals to communicate with the pilots.
• Direct incoming and outgoing aircraft near terminal area to assist pilot’s ground maneuvering of the aircraft using hand / light signals or drives light truck with guiding sign.
• Secure aircraft in parking position with chocks, mooring cables, chains, etc.
• Operate AGE/GSE such as external power sources, Hi/Low pressure air carts.
• Position boarding platforms to unload or load aircrew and aircraft passengers.
• May install / retrieve drag chutes and send them to parachute shop for repacking.
• Maintain ramps and taxiways free of FOD; may include walking ramps and taxiways.
• May be the first response in the event of an emergency to perform immediate rescue procedures and assist other emergency crews as they arrive.
• Other Collateral Duties: Perform other duties reasonably associated with the job description, as directed by the Project Manager.
Educational and/or Experience:
• High School diploma or G.E.D.
• Minimum 5 years experience as an AGE-GSE mechanic required.
Specialized Experience (AGE):
• Thorough knowledge of electrical diagrams and schematics, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, heating and air conditioning systems, electrical motors, diesel/gasoline engines and fuel systems.
• Able to comprehend and comply with applicable technical data, safety and security requirements as well as Air Force instructions, regulations and manuals.
• Must be experienced in all facets of airfield operations.
• Knowledge of radio communication protocols on airports.
Specialized Experience (Welding). Knowledge of:
• Welding and abrasive blasting methods and techniques.
• Materials to select for correct filler materials and shielding gas when generating the Weld Procedure Specification.
Specialized Experience (Abrasive Blasting and Painting). Knowledge of:
• Industrial applications and appropriate coatings for metal and structures exposed to adverse weather and moisture conditions.
• Practices, tools, equipment and techniques associated with painting trade.
• Standard hand and power tools and equipment used in painting activities; able to use and operate hand and power tools as needed in a safe, efficient manner.
• Safety standards/precautions pertaining to painting and abrasive blasting. Able to read and follow Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) recommendations and requirements.
Language Skills. Must be able to:
• Read, write and understand the English language.
• Understand/interpret verbal and written instructions to perform required duties.
• Talk, listen and understand radio transmissions in a noisy environment.
• Able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Able to compute rate, ratio, percent, and to draw/interpret bar graphs.
• Must have basic knowledge of computers and Microsoft office suite.
• Possession of or Able to qualify for AGE-GSE Special Certification Roster for the following:
o Certified Authorized to sign all Condition Tags
o Certified Authorized to sign Not Repairable This Station (NRTS) Code 1
o Certified Authorized to sign NRTS Code 9
o Certified to Clear Red X for AGE-GSE
o Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) Calibration limited approval
o Refrigerant Certification desired
• Must have a valid Driver’s license and maintain a safe driving record.
• Possession of or Able to qualify for flight line driver Certificate of Competency.
• Able to obtain and maintain a valid security clearance.
• Must be able to perform heavy manual labor including: bending, stooping, reaching, digging, carrying, lifting, pulling and pushing heavy objects weighing up to 75 lbs.
• Requires manual dexterity of both hands and feet to perform activities such as: lifting overhead, twisting and bending while lifting, and repetitive arm motion below, at, and above shoulder level.
• Able to climb ladders and stairs and perform major duties and responsibilities while wearing personal protective equipment.
• Able to work in confined spaces.
• The noise level in the work environment may be very loud.
• Able to work various shift schedules as dictated by mission and/or training requirements.
• Work is performed outside, on the flight line. Employees may be exposed to normal environmental conditions Sun, Rain, Heat, and Cold.