RPA GCS Technician I (Multiple Locations)

RPA GCS Technician I

Work Location: Biddle ANG Base, PA, Springfield ANG, OH, Whiteman AFB, MO, Ellsworth AFB, SD, Shaw AFB, SC, and Niagara Falls ARS, NY

Job Summary
Th Ground Control Station (GCS) Technician I position will support the daily operations of the Air Force Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) unit. The ideal candidate will perform organizational level maintenance on GCSs in accordance with Air Force Technical Data under direct supervision. This position will execute preventative maintenance actions, inspections, modifications, troubleshooting, testing, and removal and installations of electronic and IT systems and subsystems utilizing best maintenance practices as identified by Air Force instruction.

USAF equivalent position is Apprentice level Avionics Technician, Cyber Transport, or RF Transmission Systems. Position reports to the Site Manager.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Interfaces with the customer on a regular basis, excellent customer service and communication skills are required.
  • Able to adhere to Air Force Instruction (AFI) AFI 21-101 - Aircraft and Equipment Maintenance Management, and Technical Data in the performance and documentation of maintenance action.
  • Documents all maintenance actions and discrepancies utilizing aircraft logs and records utilizing AFTO 781s, Maintenance Information Systems (MIS), and maintenance logs.
  • Applies basic technical knowledge to solve problems by referencing Air Force Technical Data including determining the location and density of circuitry, isolating malfunctions, and incorporating engineering changes.
  • Requires a basic understanding of the interrelationships of circuits, planning work schedules, selecting tools and test instruments, and understanding compliance with maintenance instructions and technical directives
  • Uses common and complex test instruments to isolate malfunctions and develop concrete solutions for remediation
  • Work may be reviewed by the Supervisor for general compliance with accepted practices.
  • Maintains, repairs, and installs various types of electronic equipment and related devices such as electronic transmitting and receiving equipment (e.g., radar, radio, telecommunication, SATCOM, and navigational aids); micro and mainframe computers and terminals; and industrial measuring, controlling equipment, and industrial calibration devices
  • Applies basic technical knowledge of electronic principles in determining malfunctions, and applies skill in restoring equipment operations
  • This technician works under immediate supervision and receives technical guidance, as required, from a higher-level technician or the supervisor
  • Performs all other position related duties as assigned or requested.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have a high school diploma, or have completed relevant military and/or vocational technical school curriculum.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be capable of using and reading blueprints, wiring diagrams, and data tables
  • Basic understanding of MS Windows
  • Thorough knowledge of the Microsoft Office Professional suite of software (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Must be able to earn and maintain one of the following IAT Level II certifications: CCNA Security, CySA+, Security+ ce, SSCP, or GSEC, in accordance with DoD 8570.01-M commensurate with the assigned duties within 90 days of hire.
  • Additional "on-the-job" training may be required.
  • Must be able to lift/carry items in excess of 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to work a non-traditional schedule to maintain 24/7/365 operations
  • Must be able to speak, read, write, and understand English
  • Must be able to provide proof of U.S. citizenship upon hire
  • Must submit updated SF-86 within 30 days of hire start date
  • Must possess and be able to maintain current DoD TS/SCI clearance level

Preferred Qualifications

  • Associate's degree in a relevant career field
  • Minimum of one year actual and recent Aircraft Avionics, Ground Control Station, SATCOM maintenance, Military Aviation, and/or Communications experience preferred
  • Working knowledge of basic electronics maintenance and repair
  • Possess basic knowledge of technical publications related to aircraft and ground control station electronics maintenance
  • Know basic theory of flight and electronic flight controls, and a basic knowledge of electronic principles
  • Basic understanding of SATCOM communications
  • Capable of using and reading blueprints, wiring diagrams, and data tables
  • Possess basic skills and knowledge in the operation of networks; both hardware and software, to include network topology, standards, and protocols
  • Basic understanding of Windows and Linux operating systems
  • Application of technical knowledge of electronic principles in determining malfunctions and skill application in restoring equipment systems and operations
  • RPA operations experience
  • Military C4ISR (Command, Control, Computers, Communication, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) experience
  • Prior experience as a Defense Contractor
  • Prior experience in RPA Aircraft Avionics/GCS/SATCOM Maintenance and Repair
  • FCC Radio Telephone License
  • Knowledge and ability to administer Linux on both servers and workstations
  • Prior experience installing, upgrading, and administering operating systems and application software in multi-user client/server environments, including Linux
  • Current DoD 8570 IAT Level II certification

Benefit Eligibility: Full

Equal Opportunity Employer