What to Expect
Aviation Maintenance Administrationmen (AZ) are tasked with managing Naval aircraft maintenance to keep aircraft and aviation equipment in top working order. In this role, your responsibilities may include:
- Scheduling aircraft inspections and issuing work orders
- Inspecting and performing detailed maintenance on all internal and external aircraft systems
- Operating and maintaining aircraft launch and landing gear systems
- Maintaining engine logbooks and associated aircraft records
- Compiling data on aircraft system reliability trends
- Managing libraries of technical publications and reports
- Administrative tasks such as filing and preparing reports and correspondence
- Performing computer database and system analysis
Aviation Maintenance Administrationmen usually work in clean, comfortable office environments. You may be stationed at bases on shore or on ships at sea. Sailors in this role can expect to receive assignments located both inside the continental U.S. as well as overseas.
Training & Advancement
Upon completion of the initial 7-9 week training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes (known as Boot Camp), you’ll report for specialized training, including:
Class "A" Technical School (8 weeks) in Meridian, MS for training on naval aircraft procedure, operation and maintenance.
After you complete your training, you may be assigned to a squadron, aircraft carrier or Naval air station.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance.
Advanced training in Aviation Maintenance Administration may also be available during later stages of your career. For those with further leadership aspirations and a college degree, Officer roles may be available, providing opportunities to lead and train others.
Specialized training received and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields in the civilian world, such as employment with airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers and more.
Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy technical and operational training in the field of Aviation Maintenance can translate to credit hours toward a bachelor’s or associate degree through the American Council on Education.
You may also continue your education through undergraduate degree opportunities like the Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance and the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Qualifications & Requirements
A high-school diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor and an Aviation Maintenance Administrationman. You must also be a U.S. citizen eligible for security clearance.
Applicants should have an interest in aviation and weather systems, and a desire to work around aircraft. You should possess good arithmetic, writing, communication and record keeping skills. Competence with tools and equipment is also important.
Important personal traits for this role include attention to detail, an interest in ideas and information, the ability to work well with others, resourcefulness and curiosity. Normal hearing and color perception are required and you should also have good use of your hands.
Serving part-time as a Navy Reserve Sailor, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Aviation Administrationmen in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.
For annual training, you may serve anywhere in the world, including locations in the U.S., at bases overseas, or in areas where humanitarian needs are great.
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Navy Reserve Sailors.
Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.
Aviation Administrationmen in the Navy Reserve serve in an Enlisted role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with the job, initial training requirements must be met.
For current or former military Enlisted servicemembers, prior experience satisfies the initial Recruit Training requirement, so you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.
For those without prior military experience, you will need to meet the initial Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp for 7-9 weeks in Great Lakes, IL. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.