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  • Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic - Equipment (AME)

    The Aviation Structural Mechanic - Safety Equipment (AME), maintains and repairs utility systems throughout the aircraft. They work on systems such as air conditioning, heating, pressurization and oxygen, plus multiple safety devices. These technicians may also volunteer to fly as Naval aircrew. Aircrew performs numerous in-flight duties and operates aircraft systems in turbojet, helicopter, or propeller aircraft.

    The duties performed by AMEs include:

    maintain the various aircraft systems such as seat and canopy ejection (egress), gaseous and liquid oxygen, life raft ejection, fire extinguishing, air conditioning, cabin and cockpit heat, pressurization, ventilation;
    remove and install oxygen system valves, gauges, converters and regulators;
    Inspect, remove, install and rig ejection seats, shoulder harnesses, lap belts and face-curtain mechanisms;
    perform daily, preflight, postflight and other periodic aircraft inspections.
    Working Environment

    Aviation structural mechanics may be assigned to sea or shore duty any place in the world, so their working environment varies considerably. They may work in hangars or hangar decks or outside on flight decks or flight lines at air stations. A high noise level is a normal part of their environment. AMEs work closely with others, do mostly physical work and require little supervision. AMEs may also serve as flight engineers aboard certain aircraft.

    A-School (Job School) Information

    Pensacola -- 44 calendar days
    Pensacola -- 8 calendar days (only some recruits will attend this course)
    ASVAB Score Requirement: VE+AR+MK+AS =210 OR VE+AR+MK+MC = 210

    Security Clearance Requirement: None (except for those who volunteer for aircrew duty)

    Other Requirements

    Vision must be correctable to 20/20
    Must have normal color perception
    Must have normal hearing
    Must be high school graduate.
    No history of drug abuse.


    Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating

    First Sea Tour: 54 months
    First Shore Tour: 36 months
    Second Sea Tour: 42 month
    Second Shore Tour: 36 month
    Third Sea Tour: 36 month
    Third Shore Tour: 36 month
    Fourth Sea Tour: 36 month
    Forth Shore Tour: 36 month
    Note: Sea tours and shore tours for sailors that have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 months ashore until retirement.

    Much of the above information courtesy of the Navy Personnel Command

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    Watched a PBS series and found it to be quite informative about different roles on a carrier. Although I understand what AME job duties are detailed, what would an AME do while and if there is limited repairs to made on a carrier?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jdwilkey View Post
      Watched a PBS series and found it to be quite informative about different roles on a carrier. Although I understand what AME job duties are detailed, what would an AME do while and if there is limited repairs to made on a carrier?
      Watch movies, lol. Seriously though, I have been an AME for 15 years now. There are many aspects to the job that aren't covered above. Most squadrons have several aircraft that fly A LOT. There is always work to be done. Almost every aviation rate will encounter "scheduled inspections." For an AME that is an inspection of ejection seats, explosive cartridges, oxygen components, air conditioning systems...there is more depending on the type of aircraft. While the explanation above discusses repairs, most of an AME's job is preventative work.

      The flight engineer statement above is misleading, it used to be true. All flight engineers are now rated by themselves as AWF's.

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