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AMTs inspect, service, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair aircraft engines, auxiliary power units, propellers, rotor systems, power train systems, and associated airframe and systems-specific electrical components. AMTs service, maintain and repair aircraft fuselages; wings; rotor blades; fixed and movable flight control surfaces; and also bleed aircraft air, hydraulic and fuel systems. AMTs also fill aircrew positions such as flight engineer, flight mechanic, loadmaster, dropmaster, sensor-systems operator, and basic aircrewman.
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AMTs are stationed at large and small Coast Guard air stations throughout the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. AMTs maintain and crew fixed-wing aircraft including HC-130H and J (Hercules), HC-144 (Ocean Sentry), and the HU-25A (Falcon). Rotary wing choices include the HH-60J (Jay-Hawk) and HH-65A (Dolphin) helicopters. AMTs inspect, service, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair aircraft engines, auxiliary power units, propellers, rotor systems, powertrain systems, structural components, and associated airframe and systems-specific electrical components. They service, maintain and repair aircraft fuselages; wings; rotor blades; fixed and movable flight control surfaces; and also bleed aircraft air, hydraulic and fuel systems. AMTs also crew aircraft in positions such as flight engineer, flight mechanic, precision marksman, loadmaster, dropmaster, sensor-systems operator, and basic aircrewman.
AMTs begin a five-month-long AMT training course held at the Aviation Technical Training Center (ATTC), located in Elizabeth City, N.C. The AMT training course teaches general aircraft maintenance and ground handling fundamentals. AMTs are offered advanced technical training throughout their career that prepares them to maintain specific aircraft types and systems. Advanced technical courses are taught at ATTC, DoD, and commercial training facilities. AMTs can also apply for the AMT Advanced Education Program (AEP). Each year, after an AEP application and selection process, a select few AMTs are afforded the opportunity to attend college full time for two years, eventually earning an associate or bachelor's degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology.
You must have an aptitude for mechanics. School courses in algebra, geometry, electronics, and machine shop are very helpful. Candidates must pass an aircrew-candidate physical and qualify for a "Secret" security clearance.
- You must be a U.S. citizen or a Resident Alien.
- Be between the ages of 17-32 for active duty (full-time) or 17-40 for reserve (part-time).
- Have a high school diploma (GEDs accepted in with waiver).
- Have no more than three dependents.
- Score a 36 or higher on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. If you took the test at your school or with another branch, we can use the score. If you have not taken the test or would like to improve your score, your recruiter will arrange at test date at MEPS.
- Qualify medically during the military entrance medical exam. Your Recruiter will schedule the exam at MEPS.
- Pass a police background check. You cannot have pending legal actions or felony offense on your record. Since the Coast Guard is a federal law enforcement agency, you must be legally allowed to own a firearm to be eligible for hire.
- Pass a credit check to verify no debts in past-due collections. Credit requirements relate to eligibility for a security clearance.
- Meet the Coast Guard’s Whole Person Evaluation (CG-WPE). The CG-WPE considers your attitude, professionalism, honesty, respect, language proficiency, weight/physical abilities, and work ethic.
- Be highly motivated. The Coast Guard is an amazing organization with lots of opportunities. It’s our job to ensure it’s right for you and us.
*** MEPS stands for the Military Entrance Processing Station. MEPS is the central point for all branches of the military for qualifying applicants for service. The only MEPS within Southern Washington, Oregon, and North California is located in Portland, OR next to Portland International Airport (PDX). All travel and hotel room accommodations associated with the hiring process will be covered and arranged by your Coast Guard Recruiter. ***
A little About the Coast Guard
The Coast Guard is one of our nation's five military services. With about 40,000 active-duty service members, the Coast Guard has less personnel than the New York City Police Department. As an elite service, we exist to defend and preserve the United States. We protect the personal safety and security of our people; the marine transportation system and infrastructure; our natural and economic resources; and the territorial integrity of our nation from both internal and external threats, natural and man-made.
We protect these interests in U.S. ports and inland waterways, along the coasts, on international waters. We are a military, multi-mission, maritime force offering a unique blend of military, law enforcement, humanitarian, regulatory, and diplomatic capabilities. These capabilities underpin our three broad roles: maritime safety, maritime security, and maritime stewardship.
On an average day, the Coast Guard
- conducts 45 search and rescue cases;
- saves 10 lives;
- saves over $1.2M in property;
- seizes 874 pounds of cocaine and 214 pounds of marijuana;
- conducts 57 waterborne patrols of critical maritime infrastructure;
- interdicts 17 illegal migrants;
- escorts 5 high-capacity passenger vessels;
- conducts 24 security boardings in and around U.S. ports;
- screens 360 merchant vessels for potential security threats prior to arrival in U.S. ports;
- conducts 14 fisheries conservation boardings;
- services 82 buoys and fixed aids to navigation;
- investigates 35 pollution incidents;
- completes 26 safety examinations on foreign vessels;
- conducts 105 marine inspections;
- investigates 14 marine casualties involving commercial vessels;
- facilitates the movement of $8.7B worth of goods and commodities through the Nation’s Maritime Transportation System
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $1,733.10 - $4,383.30 per month
- Health insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Retirement plan
- Signing bonus
- Paid time off
- Flexible schedule
- Parental leave
- Relocation assistance
- Professional development assistance
- Tuition reimbursement
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