Andrews AFB, Maryland
Sep 10, 2020
Sep 17, 2020
Full Time


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The primary purpose of this position is the sole enlisted aircrew member, to provide ground and flight training instruction for developing, upgrading, and evaluating the skills of aerial refueling aircrew members.

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  • Performs in-flight refueling aircrew duties. Develops and provides technical aerial refueling technician upgrade and proficiency training/instruction to Reserve aircrew members and ART personnel.
  • Provides ground and flight training instruction for developing, upgrading, and evaluating the skills of aerial refueling aircrew member. Performs aerial refueling technician duties on assigned missions.
  • Directly assists the pilot in loading data into Inertial or Global Position systems and Flight Management System Computer. Accomplishes preflight and post-flight records and reports.
  • Performs in-flight operational check of air refueling systems. Keeps tanker pilot informed as to progress of air refueling operations.
  • Monitors control panel for proper operation of equipment during air refueling, advises receiver pilot of actions required to safely maintain position within the air-refueling envelope.
  • Performs emergency operations/procedures required for emergency off-load/on-load of fuel. Visually monitors aircraft clearance-inter/exter, identifies proximal threats to the aircraft and initiates corrective actions (aircraft scanning).
  • Determines cargo restraint requirements according to criteria and directs and checks the application of cargo restraint equipment.
  • Accomplishes passenger briefings to include the use of emergency equipment, evacuation procedures, and border clearance requirements.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - May be required to travel in military and commercial aircraft to perform temporary duty assignments

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a TOP SECRET security clearance.
  • May be required to maintain flight examiner qualification. Periodically, as prescribed by regulations, must take and pass written and in-flight standardization/ evaluation examinations to include random no-notice evaluations.
  • Required to maintain proficiency in the use of firearms. As prescribed by regulation, may be required to carry and use a concealed weapon while performing aircrew related duties.
  • The position requires good judgment, patience, tact, and a desire to instruct. May be required to perform duties of sky marshal.
  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • PCS expenses WILL be paid- IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
  • Incentives may/may not be offered
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • Preferred Military AFSC and Grade: 1A091
  • Must be instructor qualified, maintaining proficiency in the Principles of Instruction.
  • Required to meet and maintain Air Force Reserve requirements. Incumbent's regular assignments are primarily ART duties: however, the incumbent may be assigned some non-ART duties, generally not to exceed 30 percent of total responsibilities
  • Must attain and maintain mission-ready status at the appropriate crew qualification level in the unit's assigned aircraft.
  • Periodically, as prescribed by regulations, must take and pass written and in-flight standardization/evaluation examinations to include random no-notice evaluations
  • This position is covered by the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Amendment (30 Sep 96) of the Gun Control Act (Lautenberg Amendment) of 1968. An individual convicted of a qualifying crime of domestic violence may not perform the duties of this position.


In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the : Applicants will be rated in accordance with the FPM 930-71 Recruitment of Air Reserve Technicians through -SUPPLEMENTAL QUALIFICATION POLICY, DATED 6-OCT-2017. No specific length of experience is required. The qualifications of AERIAL REFUELING TECHNICIAN (INSTRUCTOR) in the Air Force are directly related to the completion of prerequisite training rather than years of experience.

Applicants must have been qualified as AERIAL REFUELING TECHNICIAN (INSTRUCTOR) within 8 YEARS of the date of application. Applicants for instructor or examiner positions must be within the past 8 YEARS instructor or examiner qualified in the specific type of aircraft. YOU MUST SUBMIT DOCUMENTS FOR CONFIRMATION.

Flying Hour Requirements AERIAL REFUELING TECHNICIAN (INSTRUCTOR) GS-2185-10: Must have been awarded or qualify for a CEA AFSC and hold a valid aviation service aeronautical order. Must be currently qualified as Instructor in MDS and have a minimum of 500 Total Military Flight Time(KC 135).YOU MUST SUBMIT DOCUMENTS FOR CONFIRMATION.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Knowledge of aerial refueling capabilities of KC- 1 35 and aerial refueling data for all authorized receiver aircraft.
  • Knowledge of the theory of weight and balance; aerial refueling and restraint; mathematics; aircraft refueling and cargo systems/ equipment; load planning ; current flying directives , and applicable publications; border clearance requirements and forms; hazardous cargo handling and placement procedure s; life support and passenger requirements; and egress /survival procedures.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing to prepare lessons, documents and reports, present training and/or instruction and brief passengers and crews.
  • Knowledge of the methods of instruction, aircrew training program requirements , procedures, and standards of performance; and skill to apply this know ledge in planning , developing and executing unit training /evaluation programs.
  • Knowledge of a wide variety of systems and components critical to the performance of the aircraft such as propulsion, electrical, hydraulic , environmental, etc.
  • Knowledge of techniques and sources of data for fuel planning, and skill to determine fuel requirements, monitor consumption in flight, and analyze engine performance.

  • PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

    VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? If position has a positive degree requirement or education forms the basis for qualifications, you MUST submit transcriptswith the application. Official transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if position has a positive degree requirement, qualifying based on education alone or in combination with experience; transcripts must be verified prior to appointment. An accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education must accredit education. Click here to check accreditation.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

    Additional information

    Individuals on active duty may apply 120 days before separation date and should indicate in their application their military separation date. Reservists who are mobilized may submit a copy of their mobilization orders or a statement in their application stating they are available within 120 days.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the "Highly Qualified" or "Best Qualified" Category on the rating criteria for this vacancy. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

    Spouses of active duty military members of the Armed Forces may receive preference in hiring under this announcement if they are among the best qualified referred and are within reach of selection. Please clearly identify in your application that you are a military spouse preference applicant.

    All Federal Employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

    Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities, please visit:

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Please note if duplicate/multiple application materials are submitted, we will consider the most recent submission as the one of record. If you do not meet the screen out questions, you will not receive any further consideration. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

    You will be rated under Category Rating procedures based on the extent to which your experience meets the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for the position and rated as shown below. Additional points are not added for veterans' preference; however, preference is still applied. Applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans within the same quality category. Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire. You will receive a rating based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. The rating is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position. If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

    If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified- Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for announced position. Highly Qualified- Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for announced position. Qualified- Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for announced position.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required:

    1. Resume - Work experience sections must show inclusive dates (month/year) and number of hours worked per week (if part-time). If in a Reserve component, you should also identify any man-days or active duty days (total number of days) within the corresponding work experience block, if applicable. Additional information on what your resume must contain can be found on the following link: .
    2. Occupational Assessment Questionnaire
    3. Other supporting documents:

    Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable - To successfully claim veterans' preference, your resume/supplemental data must clearly show your entitlement. If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, please see the information below:


    Claims for 5-Point Veterans' Preference. Submit official documentation such as (1) a DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty - Member 4 copy (2) (2) Virtual MPF awards and decoration printout and Statement of Service Letter/DD-214; or (3) Statement of Service Letter or other form of certification signed by a Military Personnelist or other authorizing official (Commander of your unit or higher headquarters) who certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. The certification should also include your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of Discharge and Character of Service (for members in a Reserve component, the letter must clearly identify 180 consecutive days of active duty, not for training).

    If selected, you will be required to submit a copy of your DD 214 prior to entering on duty.

    Claims for 10-Point Veterans' Preference. Submit the following documents: (1) Standard Form 15, pages 1&2 (Revised Oct 13 or later; previous editions are unusable); (2) a letter from the Veterans Administration, dated 1991 or later identifying percentage of disability. The Employment Letter is the preferred supporting documentation which must be submitted with the SF 15. The Employment Letter can be requested through the Veterans Administration by calling 1-800-827-1000; and (3) a DD 214 Member 4 copy. If sufficient information is not provided, tentative preference may be granted based on 5- Point Veterans' Preference criteria as stated above.

    For Additional details on veteran's preference, please refer to the OPM VetGuide at

    The above mentioned forms may be obtained from the Air Force Reserve website at .

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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