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Aerospace Mechanic

From 2010 to 2018, I worked as the Crew Chief of KC-135 Stratotankers. I rapidly rose to the rank of staff sergeant and 7-level mechanic proficiency of craftsman. I was responsible for maintaining all aircraft systems and authorizing final system checkouts before crewed missions.


Duties & Responsibilities


Performed detailed inspections of all aircraft systems to mitigate hazards to flight.

Removed, replaced, and/or serviced:

- Mechanical systems

- Electrical systems

- Hydraulic systems

- High-pressure pneumatic systems

- Avionics and telecommunication systems

- Gaseous oxygen

- F-108 High-bypass turbofan jet engine parts

Supervised and supported the launch and recovery of aircraft.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Troubleshoot, inspect, install, replace, rig, or adjust (including, but not limited to):

  • Mechanical: Panels, sheet metal failure/cracks, corrosion identification, windows, flight control surfaces (ailerons, flaps, speed brakes), horizontal and vertical stabilizer, landing gear assembly, brake assembly, cables/wire rope accessories, rivets, fasteners, bolts, clamps, grommets, screws, gaskets, safety wire, etc.

  • High-pressure Hydraulic/Pneumatic: cylinders, motors, pumps, snubbers, valves, adapters, fittings, couplers, gauges, hoses, o-rings, etc.

  • Electrical: 3-phase motors, AC motors, DC motors, linear actuators, engine ignitors, radome, centrifugal blowers/fans, switches, relays, solenoids, indicator lights, all aircraft lighting systems, circuit breakers/fuses, breaker/fuse panels, various wiring and wire harness maintenance, etc.

  • Service: ~5000 psi pneumatic nitrogen and hydraulic fluid servicing, gaseous aviators breathing oxygen (GOX), F-108 jet engine hydraulic fluid and oil

  • Inspection: Inspected aircraft with extreme attention to detail for serviceability,  part compliance, corrosion identification, installation errors, flight/mission damage, and manufacturing defects. Aircraft inspection detail varying from 30 minutes to 4+ hours (preflight, post-flight, etc) and certified final checkout prior to crewed flight.

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