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Maintenance Workers, Machinery

Also called: Machine Repairer, Maintainer, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance Technician

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Aerospace Propulsion; Aerospace Propulsion Apprentice, Turboprop And Turboshaft Propulsion; Aerospace Propulsion Helper, F101, F110, F118 Jet Engines; Aerospace Propulsion Journeyman, TF33, CF6, F103, F108, F117, TFE-731, TF34, TF39, PW 2040, F138 Jet Engines; Aircraft Armament Systems Apprentice, All Other; Aircraft Armament Systems Apprentice, F-16; Aircraft Armament Systems Craftsman; Aircraft Armament Systems Helper, F-15; Aircraft Armament Systems Helper, RPA (MQ-1/MQ-9); Munitions Systems Apprentice; Munitions Systems Superintendent

What they do:
Lubricate machinery, change parts, or perform other routine machinery maintenance.
On the job, you would:
  • Reassemble machines after the completion of repair or maintenance work.
  • Start machines and observe mechanical operation to determine efficiency and to detect problems.
  • Inspect or test damaged machine parts, and mark defective areas or advise supervisors of repair needs.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Concern for Others
  • Innovation
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
Word processing software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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