Stimulate your senses on the deck of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier or the tarmac of a squadron’s flight line on an island in the Pacific. Naval air forces provide vital attack, defense, and logistic support to the fleet, with some of the most modern, innovative, and high-tech aircraft in the world. Yet not one SH-60 Seahawk helicopter or F/A-18 Super Hornet jet leaves the flight deck without the support of well-trained air and ground crews. This is where the enlisted men and women in the aviation field come into play.
What Will You Do?
Sailors in the aviation field are involved in almost every detail of flight operations, and their jobs are to ensure that every aircraft that leaves the flight deck can perform its mission successfully and return home safely. Some duties performed by the professionals in Aviation include:
- Inspect and maintain aircraft electrical systems, navigation systems, internal safety systems, engines, fuel, fuselage, wings, and landing gear as well as the pilots’ personal safety gear
- Work as aircrewmen aboard aircraft, assisting pilots with antisubmarine warfare, mine countermeasures, and search and rescue operations
- Operate and maintain hydraulic and steam catapults to launch aircraft
- Operate and maintain landing gear systems, brakes, and related systems
- Perform handling duties related to the launch and recovery of Naval aircraft
- Electronically detect and track ships, submarines, aircraft, and missiles
Skills and Training
The training you will receive in this field is a mix of hands-on experience and classroom study. Advanced technical and operational training in the aviation field is also available as part of your career development.
Your training may also prepare you for the following future civilian careers:
- Sheet Metal Worker
- Aircraft Mechanic
- Aviation Support Equipment Repairer
- Electronics Mechanic
- Computer Peripheral Equipment Operator
Earn College Credits
Much of the training you’ll receive in the aviation field can be counted toward credit hours for a vocational certificate, as well as towards a college degree.
Certain skills/jobs learned within this occupational specialty transfer directly to the civilian world. Civilian airports, airline industries, and government and law enforcement agencies, as well as aircraft manufacturers, are always in need of individuals with skills in the aviation field.