! Service, test, and perform organizational- and
intermediate-level maintenance and repair of
automotive electrical systems in mobile and
self-propelled aviation support equipment and
aviation armament-handling equipment. This
includes generating, starting, lighting, and
ignition systems; electrical components and
wiring in auxiliary electrical power units used
in servicing aircraft; electrical control systems
air-conditioning systems; and electrical and
electronic circuits and components in general
! Service and maintain storage batteries.
! Perform maintenance inspections of aviation
! Service, test, maintain, and repair gasoline and
diesel engines and associated automotive
systems, and structural components in mobile
and self-propelled aviation support equipment.
! Maintain gas turbine compressor units and
air-conditioning systems used in servicing
! Maintain and operate gas turbine compressor
unit test stands.
! Maintain hydraulic test and service equipment,
! Perform body and fender metalwork and
! Weld, braze, solder, cut, shape, and patch
! Adjust and repair brake systems.
! Inspect and replace tires and tubes.
! Operate hydraulic test stands.
Photographer's Mate (PH)
A description of the PH rating includes the
! Inspect and maintain cameras and camera
control equipment, laboratory equipment, and
! Accomplish photographic work required by
the naval service.
! Record actual and simulated battle operations.
! Make pictorial records of historic and
newsworthy events aboard ship and ashore.
! Expose and process light-sensitive negative
and positive material.
! Arrange, compose, and illuminate photo-
! Make finished prints, mosaics, and strip
! Maintain associated photographic files,
records, and supplies.
The five major duties you will perform as an
Airman are as follows:
Maintain support equipment, compartments,
Stand security watches.
Participate in working parties.
operation of a naval aviation activity afloat or
You will probably have to perform some duties that
don't fall into any of the above categories. However,
these five duties cover the majority of the tasks you will
have to perform.
It's only natural that your first duties will be
relatively basic and routine. As you gain knowledge
and skill, you will earn more complex responsibilities.
You may become a member of the line maintenance
crew. At first, you will probably chock the aircraft's
wheels and tie the aircraft down at the end of the flying
day. Later, you get more responsible jobs to handle on
the line, such as giving taxi signals to pilots, refueling
aircraft, and inspecting aircraft. Your job may be
helping petty officers with certain phases of aircraft line
maintenance. The way you perform your job will have a
direct bearing on how soon you will receive more
advanced assignments. Learn everything you can about
each job. Ask questions and observe how qualified
personnel accomplished things.
Sometimes you may think there are no other job
possibilities for the Airman except washing aircraft,
standing watches, and cleaning spaces. This type of
work is necessary, and all personnel do it at sometime.