Monday, June 6, 2011

Vietnam -- Aircraft Powertrain Repairer


  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve

Hundreds of Army missions depend on aircraft for transport, patrol and flight training. It's up to the members of the aircraft repair team to ensure that all Army aircraft remain safe and ready to fly. As an integral member of this team, the Aircraft Powertrain Repairer inspects, services and repairs Army helicopters and airplanes.

The Aircraft Powertrain Repairer is primarily responsible for supervising, inspecting and performing maintenance on aircraft powertrain systems. Some of your duties as an Aircraft Powertrain Repairer may include:

  • Remove and replace powertrain quills, transmission adapting parts, rotary wing hub and tanks
  • Disassemble friction dampers and hangar assemblies
  • Disassemble, repair, reassemble, adjust, balance and align powertrain components, systems and subsystems to include main and tail rotor hub assemblies according to directive
  • Perform operator maintenance on ground support equipment, common and special tools
  • Maintain facilities for storage of flammable and hazardous materials
  • Requisition and maintain shop and bench stock for repair of aircraft pwertrain system and subsystem
  • Prepare requests for turn-ins and repair parts for powertrain components


Job training for an Aircraft Powertrain Repairer requires nine weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 18 weeks of Advanced Individual Training and on-the-job instruction, including inspection and repair of aircraft engines and equipment. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Some of the skills you'll learn are:
  • Engine disassembly and repair
  • Repair of hydraulic, fuel and electrical systems
  • Repair of aluminum, steel and fiberglass airframes and coverings
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Helpful Skills

Helpful attributes include:
  • An interest in mathematics and shop mechanics
  • An interest in work involving aircraft
  • An interest in engine mechanics
  • An ability to use hand and power tools
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Advanced Responsibilities

Advanced level Aircraft Powertrain Repairers provides guidance, supervises and trains other Soldiers within the same discipline. As an advanced level Aircraft Powertrain Repairer, you may also be involved in:
  • Perform operational checks and scheduled inspections
  • Diagnose and troubleshoot malfunctions in aircraft powertrain components
  • Participate in maintenance test flights as required
  • Perform maintenance trend analysis and applies production control, quality control and other maintenance management principles and procedures to aircraft powertrain system maintenance, nondestructive inspection and shop operations
  • Evaluate maintenance operations and facilities for compliance with directives, technical manuals, work standards, safety procedures and operational policies
  • Instruct personnel and conduct technical training in aircraft powertrain system maintenance, nondestructive inspection, supply and safety techniques
  • Evaluate the technical training program
  • Monitor requisition of parts, tools, and supplies
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Related Civilian Jobs

The skills you'll learn as an Aircraft Powertrain Repairer will help prepare you for a future with aircraft manufacturers, commercial airlines and government agencies as an airframe or power plant mechanic.

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