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NATIONAL GUARD POSITION DESCRIPTION
 

PD#: NGD1525000

Sequence#: VARIES

Replaces PD#:  F4509000

AIRCRAFT MECHANIC

WG-8852-12

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POSITION LOCATION:

Servicing CPAC: NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU

Agency: VARIES

Installation: VARIES

Army Command: VARIES

Region: NATIONAL GUARD

Command Code: VARIES

POSITION CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS USED IN CLASSIFYING/GRADING POSITION:

Citation 1: OPM JGS AIRCRAFT MECH, 8852, JAN 99

Supervisory Certification: I certify that this is an accurate statement of the major duties and responsibilities of this position and its organizational relationships, and that the position is necessary to carry out Government functions for which I am responsible. This certification is made with the knowledge that this information is to be used for statutory purposes relating to appointment and payment of public funds, and that false or misleading statements may constitute violations of such statutes or their implementing regulations.

 

Supervisor Name:  

Reviewed Date:

Classification Review: This position has been classified/graded as required by Title 5, U.S. Code in conformance with standard published by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management or if no published standards apply directly, consistently with the most applicable published standards.

 

Reviewed By: H DEAN WADE, NG-J1-TNC

Reviewed Date: 06/14/2001

POSITION INFORMATION:

Cyber Workforce:

  • Primary Work Role: VARIES
  • Additional Work Role 1: VARIES
  • Additional Work Role 2: VARIES

Component Designation:

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FLSA Appeal: NO

Bus Code: VARIES

DCIPS PD: NO

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Acquisition Position: NO

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Interdisciplinary: NO

Supervisor Status: VARIES

PD Status: VERIFIED

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:

Drug Test Required: VARIES  

Financial Management Certification:

Position Designation: VARIES

Position Clearance: VARIES

Position Sensitivity: VARIES

Security Access: VARIES

Emergency Essential:   

Requires Access to Firearms: VARIES

Personnel Reliability Position: VARIES

Information Assurance: VARIES

Influenza Vaccination:  

Financial Disclosure: VARIES

Financial Disclosure: NO  

Enterprise Position: VARIES

POSITION ASSIGNMENT:

Competitive Area: VARIES

Competitive Level: VARIES

Career Program: VARIES

Career Ladder PD: NO

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POSITION DUTIES:

PD released as part of CRA 01-1018 - Implementation of WG-8852 Standard to ANG Positions

PDs abolished by this release: F4509100 and F4259000

a. INTRODUCTION:

This position is located in the Sortie Generation Section of the Aircraft
Generation Division within the Logistics Directorate of an Air National Guard
Flying Wing. Its purpose is to act as the crew chief with responsibility for
directing the total maintenance effort on individually assigned aircraft. The work
involves the total maintenance of complex, high performance military aircraft,
ranging from multi-purpose heavy, multi-engine transports to the most modern
sophisticated fighters and bombers. Fully responsible for providing detailed
technical insight on individual aircraft’s level of Mission Capability (MC), then
develops and recommends a comprehensive course of action to maintain the
aircraft at Full Mission Capability (FMC). All aircraft are fully integrated in and
are part of the Total Force Mission of the United States Air Force. This position
is responsible to fully prepare assigned aircraft for Aerospace Expeditionary
Force/Wing (AEF/AEW) Operations around the world.

b. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

(1) Directs, monitors or performs overall maintenance, servicing, inspections
and documentation for one or more aircraft. Work is performed in complex
working conditions under time and/or mission constraints to include all weather
and night operations. Works with, coordinates and oversees the work of
subordinate aircraft mechanics. Coordinates and oversees the work of journey
level workers in other trades working simultaneously on the assigned aircraft.
Reviews, trains and prepares to perform battle damage assessment/repair.
Participates in mission generation/regeneration operations. Directs multiple
specialists in preparing aircraft for combat operations. Expedites aircraft
operations to include concurrent servicing, hot pit refueling and/or combat turns
or integrated combat turns. Performs preflight, postflight, thru flight, periodic,
isochronal, phase, hourly and special inspections, as well as servicing, defueling,
scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. Serves as the technical authority to
advise on, inspect and approve all airframe, mechanical,
electrical/environmental, avionics, engine and pneudraulic repairs on assigned
aircraft. Works closely with the production control function to report current
aircraft status; requests and coordinates specialist support for accomplishing
maintenance exceeding sortie generation capabilities or time constraints.
Controls and performs work assignments based upon priorities, workload,
availability of parts, facilities, material and personnel. Assigns maintenance and
repair functions to subordinate mechanics. Coordinates with production control
to direct short notice availability of the aircraft to accomplish work on delayed
discrepancies and other scheduled maintenance to meet mission requirements.
Observes and inspects performance and work procedures to insure compliance
with applicable technical publications, directives and local policy. Accomplishes
operational tests of aircraft systems and components. Directs and performs the
ground movement of aircraft. Launches, recovers, parks and services aircraft.
Performs end of runway inspection. Installs, removes, inspects and adjusts
aerial delivery systems to mission requirements. Makes diagnoses and solves
malfunctions of aircraft systems and components by utilizing a wide variety of
complex state of the art computerized and/or non computerized diagnostic and
precision equipment, by studying layout drawings, blueprints and wiring diagrams
and by analyzing construction and operating characteristics of aircraft and their
components. Performs or oversees maintenance such as troubleshooting,
removing, repairing, replacing, rigging, aligning, cleaning, painting and corrosion
control. May be required to assist DEPOT level maintenance activities on
individual assigned aircraft discrepancies. Ensures all mission associated
support (–21) equipment is available and serviceable for deployment and
employment.

(2) Ensures aircraft documentation and Maintenance Information Systems
(MIS) accurately reflect the airworthiness of the Aircraft. Provides technical
guidance and assistance to flight crews regarding observed discrepancies and
experienced in-flight characteristics and system malfunctions. Performs or
assists in aircrew debriefing when required.

(3) Performs in-process and final inspection of aircraft and components
undergoing repair, overhaul and/or modification to verify and certify by signature
adherence to work techniques, procedures and quality standards established by
applicable publications. Completed work is reviewed for adherence to
maintenance policy independently to determine that the aircraft is prepared and
safe for flight. Due to the nature of operations tempo, must make decisions on a
wide range of matters that may involve changes to past precedents to ensure
completion of the mission. Clears Red X symbols on aircraft forms,
accomplishes or directs engine power runs, may taxi aircraft in accordance with
applicable directives.

(4) Plans, develops and conducts training during the technician work week to
a multi facet workforce comprised of from 3 to 8 assigned military positions.
Training sessions are designed to provide instructions in techniques of repair and
maintenance of aircraft and related equipment. Conducts and certifies Cross
Utilization Training (CUT) of non WG-88XX series Aircraft Mechanics to meet
mission requirements. Selects the appropriate instructional method, utilizing
either formalized classroom or practical on-the-job method of instruction.
Evaluates and certifies effectiveness of training by observation as the trainee
performs the task(s). Determines experience and skill level of assigned
personnel. Maintains Career Field Education and Training Plan (CFETP) for
assigned members.

(5) Prepares for and participates in various types of readiness evaluations,
inspections, mobilization and command support exercises and Operations Other
Than War (OOTW). May be required to perform such additional duties as
structural fire fighting, aircraft fire/crash/rescue duty, security guard, snow
removal, munitions loading and handling, heavy equipment operation,
maintenance of facilities and equipment or to serve as a team member on boards
to cope with natural disasters or civil emergencies. May be required to travel in
military aircraft and drive military vehicles. May be required to participate in
various periods of temporary duty away from place of assignment.

(6) Complies with safety, fire, security, environmental and housekeeping
regulations. Ensures that material and equipment are properly and safely
protected and maintained.

(7) Performs other duties as assigned.

c. SKILL AND KNOWLEDGE:

The Crew Chief occupies a significant role in military mission of the Air National
Guard flying wing. Through extensive training and experience of the incumbent,
the position is recognized as the technical expert and authority in ensuring that
very complex military aircraft are prepared to carry out the day to day training
mission, as well as the world wide mobility mission as part of the Air Force and
its Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) structure. The incumbent of the position
understands the technical theory and operational characteristics, not only of the
airframe, but of mission systems peculiar to the unit aircraft and assigned
mission. The Crew Chief knows the theory and operation of aircraft systems to
be able to troubleshoot malfunctions and problems, and determine the extent of
repairs and involvement of others in expediting return to combat ready status.
Skill and knowledge is required to resolve problems and devise solutions when
aircraft are not at home station, or at a location where the full complement of
support equipment, supplies, parts, tools, and maintenance personnel are
available.

d. RESPONSIBILITY:

The Crew Chief is responsible for the airworthiness and mission capability of one
or more highly technical, high performance military aircraft designed to carry out
critical complex combat operations. Failure of aircraft to carry out the mission
has the potential of significantly affecting the war. The position is responsible for
carrying out constantly occurring inspections of the aircraft based on intervals of
time and numbers of flying hours. It oversees the work of mechanics from
various technical shops. It is responsible for the training and professional
development of assigned full time and drill status personnel from the initial recruit
through the most seasoned worker. The position is responsible for
understanding peculiarities of the specifically assigned aircraft. It is responsible
for “recovering” aircraft that are operationally unable to return to the base. This
involves the use of limited personnel, supply, and mechanical support to
diagnose, evaluate, and repair aircraft platform and mission systems to the point
where the aircraft can be safely returned to the base. The position is involved
with numerous modifications and changes to the aircraft and its systems,
whether by inspecting and accepting the work of contract teams or overseeing
the work of subordinate local employees.

e. PHYSICAL EFFORT:

Work assignments require moderate to strenuous effort. The mechanic is
required to climb, stoop, crawl, and stand for significant time periods. He/she is
regularly required to lift parts and equipment weighing up to 20 pounds,
occasionally lifting and carrying items to 50 pounds, with assistance as required.

f. WORKING CONDITIONS:

Work is performed in hanger areas, and on parking ramps, both inside and
outside of the aircraft. Work areas are typically noisy. Work is carried out in
weather extremes involving cold, wind, rain, snow, and heat. Work is often
carried out in confined spaces and awkward positions. Dirt, dust, grease, and
aircraft fluids are a common problem. Hazardous gasses and fluids such as
Hydrozine, jet fuel, solvents, Halon, and the like are prevalent. Scaffolds,
ladders, and aircraft surfaces can become slick and dangerous, resulting in cuts,
bruises, falls, and strains. Incumbents are subject to injury from numerous
moving parts such as flight control surfaces, loosened components, etc. Workers
are exposed to hot exhaust blast and intake suction. Ramps are active and
noisy, with vehicles, aircraft and support equipment moving constantly.


Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Determination

 

1. Availability Pay Exemption - (e.g., Criminal Investigators, U.S. Customs and Border Protection pilots who are also Law Enforcement Officers).

 

2. Foreign Exemption - (Note: Puerto Rico and certain other locations do not qualify for this exemption – See 5 CFR 551.104 for a list of Nonexempt areas.)

 

3. Executive Exemption:

    

a. Exercises appropriate management responsibility (primary duty) over a recognized organizational unit with a continuing function, AND

    

b. Customarily and regularly directs 2 or more employees, AND

    

c. Has the authority to make or recommend hiring, firing, or other status-change decisions, when such recommendations have particular weight.

 

4. Professional Exemption:

    

a. Professional work (primary duty)

    

b. Learned Professional, (See 5 CFR, 551.208 ) (Registered Nurses, Dental Hygienists, Physician’s Assistants, Medical Technologists, Teachers, Attorneys, Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, Engineers, Architects, and Accountants at the independent level as just some of the typical examples of exempt professionals). Or

    

c. Creative Professional, (See 5 CFR, 551.209 ) (The primary duty requires invention and originality in a recognized artistic field (music, writing, etc.) and does not typically include newspapers or other media or work subject to control by the organization are just some examples of Creative Professionals). Or

    

d. Computer Employee, (See 5 CFR, 551.210 ) ( must meet salary test and perform such duties as system analysis, program/system design, or program/system testing, documentation, and modification). Computer manufacture or repair is excluded (non-exempt work).

 

5. Administrative Exemption:

    

a. Primary duty consistent with 5 CFR 551 (e.g.; non-manual work directly related to the management or general business operations of the employer or its customers), AND job duties require exercise of discretion & independent judgment.

  FLSA Conclusion:
  Exempt
  Non Exempt


FLSA Comments/Explanations:

Not Listed


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT & NOTES:



POSITION EVALUATION:

A. Title, Series, and Grade: Aircraft Mechanic, WG-8852-12

B. References: The following Office of Personnel Management FWS Job
Grading Standard is used in this evaluation:
Aircraft Mechanic, 8852, Dated January 1999.

C. Background: This position description revises and updates duties identified
with the Aircraft Mechanic Crew Chief in the Air National Guard. It also
implements a new FWS Job Grading Standard for Aircraft Mechanic, 8852, dated
January 1999. This implementation was delayed with a 28 April 1999 Office of
the Assistant Secretary of Defense memorandum. The memorandum, which
stated, in part: “pending further notice, (the standard) will not be applied to
positions where its application could result in downgrading or other adverse
actions”, was lifted in a subsequent memorandum dated 23 June 2000.
The Air National Guard has almost twelve hundred “combat ready” aircraft in
its inventory. They include aircraft with a variety of combat capabilities including
fighter, bomber, heavy transporter, rescue and recovery, air refueling, tactical
support, etc. They have long been considered part of the Total Force Policy of
the United States Air Force. They participate fully as part of the Air Expeditionary
Force (AEF) organizational structure.
The mission of the Air National Guard is two-fold: train the workforce and
maintain the equipment for wartime eventualities. In the maintenance of combat
aircraft and the training of full and part time Drill Status Guardsmen (DSG), the
Crew Chief is essential and critical to what has essentially become, a full time,
real time mission for the ANG flying wings.

D. Series Code, Title, and Grade Determination:

1. Series: Duties and responsibilities of the position substantially
match those identified in the work covered portion of the cited Aircraft Mechanic,
8852 standard, in that the work involves the maintenance, troubleshooting,
repair, overhaul, and modification of fixed and/or rotary wing aircraft systems,
airframes, components, and assemblies, where the work requires substantial
knowledge of the airframe and aircraft systems and their interrelationship. The
standard then identifies work not covered by the standard, and cites numerous
aircraft related, systems specific standards covering this work. These standards
are not cited or considered in this evaluation for two primary reasons. First, none
covers or evaluates work performed beyond the specific system covered;
whereas, the 8852 series provides for a broader coverage of aircraft and
associated aircraft systems. Second, while the subject position is involved with
total airframe maintenance, to include all mission specific systems, assuring air
worthiness and mission capability, it must rely on specific supporting shops to do
the more extended work. Not only does this not take away from the complexity of
the incumbent’s work, it provides significant additional responsibility to ensure air
worthiness and mission capability with the oversight and acceptance of the work
performed by a variety of shops and associated personnel. The position is
correctly and appropriately covered by the Aircraft Mechanic Standard, 8852.

2. Title: Jobs covered by the 8852 standard at the WG-10 level and
above are titled Aircraft Mechanic. Although the standard identifies work
associated with the title Crew Chief, it does not allow this designation to be
carried to the official title. The military designation of “Crew Chief” at a flying
wing is associated solely with this position. It is important in the history of the Air
Force and reflects the personal relationship between the pilot/aircrew and the
individual who “owns”, maintains, and is singularly responsible for the aircraft that
is to be flown. The organizational title appearing on the job description is Aircraft
Mechanic Crew Chief recognizing this status, as well as the fact that the position
is the chief of the total crew, which works on and maintains that aircraft.

3. Grade: The grade level of positions in this Job Code is determined
by examining five factors: General Discussion, Skill and Knowledge,
Responsibility, Physical Effort, and Working Conditions. The final two are grade
neutral and remain the same for all grades described by the standard.

a. General: The 11 grade level is appropriate when the
mechanic is assigned as the designated crew chief and is responsible for “any”
periodic inspections. Additionally this grade is supported if the incumbent is
responsible for “coordinating” the work of other journey level workers. Grade 11
mechanics are a “technical authority to advise on, examine, and approve all
airframe, mechanical, electrical, and pneudraulic repairs to their assigned
aircraft.“ They also determine when repairs are of such nature and scope as to
require workers of other trades. They “review/check the work…. to ensure
completion.” They “report malfunctions…and schedule follow-up. They ‘are
responsible for grounding…and ‘may’ be responsible for releasing the aircraft to
service.” The subject position clearly meets and substantially exceeds this level
of the standard.

With regard to the specifics of the job discussed under “General”, the
following observations are made concerning the Crew Chief of ANG aircraft.
Periodic inspections are an ongoing and critical function for military aircraft. In
the ANG, they include those identified on the calendar, as well as those identified
by number of hours flown. Inspections involve scheduled (periodic) or
unscheduled as directed by the Air Force and augmented by local directive.
Inspection requirements cannot be avoided, and result in the aircraft being
grounded until they are completed. An unscheduled inspection often includes a
mandatory maintenance procedure, i.e. parts or component changes, without
which the aircraft is not permitted to fly. Some inspections involve a virtual
dismantling of the aircraft, and can literally take weeks, if not months. Military
aircraft of the ANG, because of their mission and importance to the security of
the nation, are strictly monitored as to their “not mission capable” status, and
such status can adversely affect the combat readiness of the wing (C Rating).

The extent, complexity and criticality of periodic ANG inspections are totally
overlooked and undervalued by the standard. “Coordinating the work of other
journey-level workers in other trades” is, in fact, largely a maintenance control
function, not accomplished by this position. This position oversees the work of
all other journey-level mechanics in all other trades, which regularly work on the
aircraft. Additionally, the ANG does not employ technical inspectors in aircraft
maintenance. Technical inspection of work is accomplished either by the
immediate supervisor in the maintaining shop, or the Crew Chief. Work
processes require “in-process inspections” (IP Is), points in the maintenance or
repair work beyond which the worker cannot proceed without having that work
inspected. This normally is accomplished by the Crew Chief. All work on the
assigned aircraft must be accomplished to the satisfaction and with the approval
of the Crew Chief of the aircraft. This level of work goes way beyond “ensuring
completion.” In an observation concerning the note on page 9 of the standard,
involving “non-fielded, prototype or pre-production, and/or extensively modified
production aircraft”, the following is expressed. High performance military aircraft
with their unique mission capability are, by definition, extensively modified
production aircraft. Literally scores of modifications, many performed by, or
under the direction of the Crew Chief, occur to aging airframes to keep them on
the leading edge of technology. There is no higher level of maintenance, no local
dealer to go to for assistance. Even work done on aircraft by civilian contractors
must undergo an acceptance inspection by the Crew Chief. In a final observation
concerning obvious weaknesses in the standard as it applies to high
performance, military aircraft, it is noted that two standards are available for
maintenance of wheeled vehicles: Automotive and Heavy Mobile Equipment.
The latter involves heavy or special purpose equipment. The aircraft standard
identifies no special purpose, size, or any other complexity qualifier inherent in
military aircraft. A single engine civilian aircraft with limited capabilities is
recognized as equal to the most complex of military fighter, bomber, and cargo
aircraft, no matter the capabilities. The GS-11 level, as described by the
standard is clearly and substantially exceeded by significant aspects of this job,
and fully supports the WG-12 level.

b. Skill and Knowledge: The standard identifies the WG-10
level as the full performance journey level for this series. At that level, the
incumbent is responsible for, and has knowledge of the makeup, operation,
installation and adjustment of major interrelated and/or integrated aircraft
systems, subsystems, and assemblies. Each military aircraft is known as a
“weapon system” which includes a vast variety of interrelated and integrated
systems and subsystems capable of performing and carrying out wartime
missions under both offensive and defensive scenarios. Missions are performed
under a variety of adverse and extremely critical conditions, which must be
overcome. Aircraft are designed with extremely technical and complex
capabilities involved with air refueling, precision bombing, aerial intercept and
combat, air drops of troops and equipment under combat conditions, rescue and
recovery under the most dangerous and adverse of conditions. Military aircraft
are equipped with highly sophisticated systems and subsystems to be able to
accomplish such missions, while at the same time, employing defensive systems
designed to safeguard the aircraft and its crew. They must be operationally
maintained and kept in constant combat ready (C-1) status. This clearly exceeds
the level of skill and knowledge established at the WG-10 level regarding the
complexity of the aircraft and criticality of the military mission. The skill and
knowledge level established at the WG-11 level in the standard does not
significantly exceed the WG-10 level. Journey level mechanics of military aircraft
regularly perform at the skill and knowledge level identified, with few exceptions,
and those have more to do with responsibility, rather than skill and knowledge.
Indeed, the Crew Chief routinely exercises journey level skill and knowledge as
described at both the WG-10 and WG-11. Similarly, WG-10 mechanics of
military aircraft typically exercise the skill and knowledge described at both the
WG-10 and 11 levels with few limitations. WG-10 mechanics, for example, do
not have responsibility for the coordination of work of other mechanics, determine
when the work is properly done, or clear aircraft discrepancies. While they may
have the skill and knowledge to do this, they haven’t been given the
responsibility. Similarly they have not been given responsibility to do “run ups
and taxi the aircraft”; this also is more a responsibility, than a skill and
knowledge. In summation, there is little significant difference in the skill and
knowledge required at the GS-10 and 11 levels, as depicted by the standard, for
the Crew Chief position. It is adequately credited and meets the WG-11 level of
the standard.

c. Responsibility: The ANG Crew Chief is responsible for
the airworthiness of one or more high performance military aircraft of the type
assigned to an Air National Guard flying Wing or Group. This includes various
requirements for flight test preparation, system checks under power, and
preparation of the aircraft for flying missions. The position routinely coordinates
and oversees the work efforts of journey level mechanics, including those of
various aircraft related maintenance and support shops, as well as associated
Drill Status Guardsmen (DSG) at various levels of training and expertise. They
accomplish in process inspections (IPI) of work being performed by various
mechanics on the assigned aircraft, and are looked to for interpretation of any
technical manuals or associated technical data. The Crew Chief is expected to
resolve the most difficult and usual problems dealing with the aircraft. Issues
referred to the supervisor normally involve “big picture” decisions involving unit
aircraft or other organizations rather than specific technical aircraft maintenance.
The level of responsibility of the ANG crew chief substantially exceeds that
described at the WG-11 level.

The standard fails to depict and describe the significant responsibility levels of
the military aircraft mechanic crew chief. It is very vague and general in its
definition of aircraft. It does not discuss aircraft complexity and mission capability
in any degree. It allows a single engine pleasure aircraft to be viewed along with
a highly complex military aircraft, and infers they are the same. They are not, nor
are the maintenance and Crew Chief responsibilities for the pleasure aircraft the
same. On board systems and mission capabilities are not replicated in nonmilitary
aircraft, and consideration must be given to special purpose assets and
capabilities which are part of the airframe, including air refueling, precision
bombing, air to air combat, low altitude airdrops and support, combat rescue and
recovery operations, etc. The WG-11 level describes responsibility for
airworthiness, but not combat readiness, not mission capability. While it can be
observed that work is not accomplished under actual combat conditions, it must
be clearly understood that the technician responsibility of the Crew Chief does
not change significantly from that encountered during wartime. Again, these are
significantly different and unique concepts, with critical differences in
responsibility for the military Crew Chief. While the standard identifies WG-11
responsibility over “the work efforts of one or two subordinate mechanics and
other journey level mechanics assisting on the aircraft”, it does not identify, for
example, the specifics of responsibility of the Crew Chief over journey level
mechanics and the work required to take equipment and tools to distant
locations, without supervisory oversight, to trouble shoot problems, procure parts
and components, and repair a disabled aircraft so that it can be returned to its
home station. Such locations include foreign countries, military bases with
dissimilar aircraft, and even non-military airports.

The two-fold mission of the Air National Guard, as a reserve component of the
USAF, is to maintain the equipment (aircraft and all support equipment and
tools), and train the human resources (full time and Drill Status Guardsmen) in
order to be able to carry out the assigned military mission. Whether done on
active duty status under Presidential call-up or in the day-to-day full time
preparation mode, the Crew Chief is the critical component in the ability of the
aircraft to carry out the ANG mission. The Crew Chief not only coordinates, but
also oversees the work performed on the assigned aircraft, to include in-process
inspections, acceptance inspections, short and long interval periodic inspections,
etc. Whenever aircraft are sent to Periodic Depot Maintenance (PDM), obviously
for heavy depot level maintenance, the Crew Chief verifies quality of the work
performed under the contract, performs final inspection of the aircraft and
systems prior to replacing panels, and later, conducts the acceptance inspection
at home station before the aircraft is returned to mission capable status.
Additional inspections must be conducted for bird strikes, FOD damage, barrier
engagements, hard landings, excessive gravitation on the aircraft, etc. There are
no limitations on the types of maintenance problems, including major component
changes, which are resolved locally. There are no local dealers or factory
representatives to resolve problems. Crew Chiefs are directly involved with
numerous modifications to maintain modernization of the aircraft, or to correct
systemic or fleet wide problems. Scheduled and unscheduled
modifications/change items are normally accomplished with technician
employees, but when occasional modifications are accomplished by contractor
teams, their work is likewise monitored, approved, and accepted by the Crew
Chief. The Crew Chief also causes impoundment of the aircraft when normal
processes and procedures to resolve problems and discrepancies fail, and
serves as the team chief for a more extensive and exhaustive effort to resolve
the problems.

A significant military responsibility and requirement, touched on at the
WG-10 level of the standard, but inadequately captured by, or understood in the
standard, involves the training of assigned full and part time military personnel.
Because of experience, expertise and assigned responsibility, the Crew Chief
plays a critical part in the training portion of the ANG mission. The Crew Chief
functions as the individual trainer for one or more assigned subordinates. The
Air Force Career Field Education and Training Program (CFETP) identifies and
directs career wide formal training courses, on the job training, and Career
Development Course (CDC) training requirements. Training itself, even down to
the individual airman, can affect the combat readiness of the entire unit. These
training requirements for the individual Airman begin at the home station after
completion of basic training, and include the awarding of the 3 level apprentice
designation. Subsequent 5 and 7 level training follow, along with continuation
and proficiency training, which involve formal training classes conducted by Crew
Chief. The Crew Chief is the responsible authority for determining when the
trainee is ready to be upgraded to a higher level of recognized expertise as a
result of the training process. Additionally, the Air Force mandates Cross
Utilization Training (CUT) for personnel, to train them in performing essential
“crew” augmentation responsibilities under combat conditions, involving fueling,
basic aircraft servicing, aircraft towing, LOX servicing, etc. CUT training is
performed on a continuing basis. While the majority of training could be thought
of as occurring during Unit Training Assemblies (UTA), numerous training
opportunities including Split UTA (SUTA), Home Station Training, additional
training days, Active Duty Training, etc. provide significant opportunity to train
and oversee training during the technician work week.

During the more than thirty years the technician Crew Chief, WG-8852-12
has been in existence, not only have the aircraft and associated systems
significantly increased in complexity and work responsibility, so have the military
mission and operational tempo (OPS TEMPO) of the Air National Guard. The Air
National Guard Crew Chief has played significant, critical, and ongoing roles as
part of their Wing’s involvement in the Total Force mission with the Air Force.
That level of responsibility is heightened in the Air National Guard full partner
participation in training personnel and maintaining the equipment now designated
part of the Air Force Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) structure.

These are significant responsibilities which are considered to clearly
exceed those delineated in the standard and thereby support the WG-12 level for
ANG Aircraft Mechanic (Crew Chief).

d. Physical Effort: The physical effort required at this level
is the same as that described at the grade 8 level.

e. Working Conditions: The working conditions at this level
are the same as those described at the grade 8 level.

E. Conclusion: Based on a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of grade
controlling work inherent in the position of Aircraft Mechanic (Crew Chief) in the
Air National Guard, with WG-12 clearly supportable in the General aspects of the
job, as well as the responsibility associated with it, the position is classified
Aircraft Mechanic, WG-8852-12. In accordance with the special identifier, Crew
Chief, by which the position is commonly known, the organizational title for the
position is determined to be Aircraft Mechanic Crew Chief.

Classifier: H. Dean Wade NGB Supervisory Personnel Management Specialist DATE: 14 Jun 01