Missile and Space Systems Electronic Maintenance

2M0X1 - Missile and Space Systems Electronic Maintenance

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Rocket and Missile technicians! These military members are some of the brightest to understand the inner workings of rockets, missiles, guidance systems, space systems and more. Many of these pieces of equipment also are part of the transportation systems that are attached for nuclear weapons and other high grade explosives. How important of a job in the Air Force is the Missile and Space Systems Electronic Maintenance technician? This important...

Specialty Summary:

The men and women who must maintain, operate, and supervise maintenance on ground and air missiles, unmanned air vehicles (UAV), spacelift boosters, payload guidance and control systems, and subsystems handle top secret equipment and must be able to pass high level security clearance - SSBI level. A Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) is a type of United States security clearance investigation required for Top Secret, Special Compartmentalized Information, Q access (Department of Energy Clearance) and TOP SECRET-level Controlled Access Programs. These high level security clearances are so the men and women of Missile and Space Systems Electronic Maintenance can monitor, analyze, and compile system performance data. They also perform the following duties:

  • Supervises maintenance on automated and manual electronic test, launch control, checkout, and support equipment (SE).
  • Designs and supervises assembly, calibration, operation, troubleshooting, and testing of research and development (R&D) systems and SE.
  • Launches, tracks, and recovers UAVs, and operates and maintains SE.

Check out the Air Force Recruiting Video about the men and women who do Missile and Space Systems Electronic Maintenance as their Air Force Special Code.

Details of the duties and responsibilities are the following:

  • Monitors, operates, and supervises operation of consoles, fault display panels, and checkout equipment.
  • Monitors status of missiles, UAVs, boosters, payloads, subsystems, and SE. Operates or oversees checkout and test equipment operation.
  • Supervises and performs missile, UAV, spacelift booster, and payload systems maintenance and launch processing.
  • Directs and controls activities of contractor personnel during space launch activities.
  • Operates, calibrates, inspects, maintains, or oversees these actions on missiles, missile and aircraft integration systems, aerospace vehicle equipment, operational ground equipment, automated and manual test equipment, spacelift boosters, and payloads.
  • Coordinates launch processing or maintenance activities.
  • Diagnoses flight data gathered during operational and test launches. Performs intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) coding activities.
    Performs or assists malfunction analysis and repair of missile, UAV, booster, and payload systems and subsystems. Determines system status.
  • Operates or supervises operation of automated and manual test and checkout equipment.
  • Disassembles, inspects, services, and replaces components and wiring. Modifies and repairs airframe and surfaces.
  • Reassembles and verifies repairs, or supervises these actions on electronic components of missiles, boosters, and payloads. Maintains technical orders and publication files.
  • Performs or supervises maintenance on electronic equipment, and coordinates launch processing and maintenance activities.
  • Performs or supervises electronic equipment maintenance.
  • Coordinates launch processing and maintenance activities.
  • Uses or monitors use of manual and automatic checkout and test equipment to check integrated missile, booster, and payload systems, subsystems, and related electronic equipment.
    Performs laboratory R&D activities.
  • Assembles, maintains, and operates specialized R&D systems such as laser, electromagnetic launcher, energetic materials, propulsion, composites, optical, satellite, space structures and power, and telescope.
  • Maintains, modifies, and resolves problems associated with SE such as data acquisition, fiber optic, instrumentation, vacuum, wind tunnel, and control systems.
  • Collects and analyzes R&D test data.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of electronic theory, circuitry, and schematic diagrams; and electronic principles of missiles, UAVs, spacelift boosters, and payloads.
Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in mathematics and physics is desirable.
Training. For award of AFSC 2M031/31A/31B, completion of a specific basic 3 level missile and space systems electronic maintenance course is mandatory.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated: (Note: See Explanation of Air Force Specialty Codes).
2M051. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2M031/31A/31B. Also, experience in functions such as maintaining or operating missiles, boosters, or UAVs.
2M071. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 2M051. Also, experience performing or supervising missile maintenance, spacelift, or R&D activities.
Other. The following are mandatory as indicated:
For entry into this specialty, normal color vision as defined in AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards.
For entry, award, and retention of AFSCs 2M011/31/51/71, 2M031A, or 2M031B no record of emotional instability.
For award and retention of AFSCs 2M031/51/71, 2M031A, or 2M031B eligibility for a Top Secret security clearance, according to AFI 31-501, Personnel Security Program Management.

Note: This job requires a Sensitive Job Code- (SJC) of "F."

Specialty Details:

Suffix Portion of AFS to Which Related



NOTE: Suffix A and B is applicable to the 1- and 3-skill levels only.

Deployment Rate for this AFSC

Strength Req: G

Physical Profile: 222111

Citizenship: Yes

Required Aptitude Score : E-67 (Changed to E-70, effective 1 Jul 04).

Technical Training: 59 days