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Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Workers

Also called: Building Equipment Operator (BEO), Helper, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance Technician

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Aerospace Propulsion; Aerospace Propulsion Helper, F100, F119, F135 Jet Engines; Aircraft Fuel Systems; Aircraft Hydraulic Systems Helper; Airfield Systems Apprentice; Ground Radar Systems Helper; Missile And Space Systems Electronic Maintenance Apprentice; Munitions Systems; Nondestructive Inspection Craftsman; Remotely Piloted Aircraft Maintenance Helper, RQ-4; Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Journeyman

What they do:
Help installation, maintenance, and repair workers in maintenance, parts replacement, and repair of vehicles, industrial machinery, and electrical and electronic equipment. Perform duties such as furnishing tools, materials, and supplies to other workers; cleaning work area, machines, and tools; and holding materials or tools for other workers.
On the job, you would:
  • Transfer tools, parts, equipment, and supplies to and from work stations and other areas.
  • Disassemble broken or defective equipment to facilitate repair and reassemble equipment when repairs are complete.
  • Install or replace machinery, equipment, and new or replacement parts and instruments, using hand or power tools.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


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


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Word processing software
  • Atlas Construction Business Forms
  • Microsoft Word
Computer aided design CAD software
  • HVAC tools software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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