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Are you looking for a AERIAL REFUELING TECHNICIAN (INSTRUCTOR)? We suggest you consider a direct vacancy at Headquarters, Air Force Reserve Command in Tinker AFB. The page displays the terms, salary level, and employer contacts Headquarters, Air Force Reserve Command person


Salary: $66 036 - 85 844 per year
Published at: Feb 12 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
This is an Air Reserve Technician (ART) position. ARTs are part of the regular career civil service and enjoy all the benefits granted to Federal employees in the competitive civil service. For more information click here and speak with an Air Force Reserve Recruiter. Click on "Learn more about this agency" button below to view Eligibilities being considered and other IMPORTANT information.


The primary purpose of this position is: as an Air Reserve Technician (ART) and the sole enlisted aircrew member, to provide ground and flight training instruction for developing, upgrading, and evaluating the skills of aerial refueling aircrew members; perform aerial refueling technician duties on assigned missions; and to assist the pilot in the operation of the aircraft by performing duties associated with loadmaster, flight engineer and navigator positions. DUTIES: 1. Provides ground and flight training instruction for developing, upgrading, and evaluating the skills of aerial refueling aircrew member. Develops and provides technical aerial refueling technician upgrade and proficiency training/instruction to Reserve aircrew members and ART personnel. 2. Performs aerial refueling technician duties on assigned missions, in-flight refueling aircrew duties, in-flight operational check of air refueling systems and emergency operations and procedures as required for emergency off-load and on-load of fuel. 3. Develops and provides technical aerial refueling technician upgrade and proficiency training/instruction to Reserve aircrew members and ART personnel, accomplishes preflight and post-flight records and reports and monitors control panel for proper operation of equipment during air refueling, and advises receiver pilot of actions required to safely maintain position within the air-refueling envelope. 4. Visually monitors aircraft clearances (interior and exterior), identifies proximal threats to the aircraft and initiates corrective actions (aircraft scanning). 5. Receives cargo/passenger load briefing and reviews load plan and cargo documentation and 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.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Must be a current member of the AF Reserve or willing/qualified to join
  • A security clearance may be required
  • If authorized, PCS may be paid IAW JTR and AF Regulations. If receiving an authorized PCS, you may be subject to completing/signing a CONUS agreement. More information on PCS requirements, may be found at: https://afciviliancareers.com/regulatory/
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov
  • Total salary varies depending on location of position
  • This position is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • This is a testing designated position (TDP). The employee is subject to random drug testing.
  • Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays
  • Shift work and emergency overtime may be required
  • Employee must maintain current certifications
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • Advance in hire may be authorized if there is demonstrable proof provided on your resume
  • Leave accrual may be authorized upon request
  • Position may include incentive for prior work or active-duty experience to determine leave accrual.
  • AFSC: 1A071C


Applicants will be rated in accordance with the FPM 930-71 Recruitment of Air Reserve Technicians through Competitive Examination (ART Agreement) - Supplemental Qualification Policy, dated 6-OCT-2017. No specific length of experience is required. The qualifications of Aerial Refueling Technician 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 within 8 YEARS of the date of application. Applicants for Aerial Refueling Technician (Instructor) positions must be within the past 8 YEARS instructor or examiner qualified in the specific type of aircraft. Flying Hour Requirements, Aerial Refueling Technician (Instructor) GS-10: Must have been awarded or qualify for a Career Enlisted Aviator (CEA) Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) and hold a valid aviation service aeronautical order. Must be currently qualified as Instructor in KC-135 tanker Mission Design Series (MDS) and have a minimum of 500 Total Military Flight Time. NOTE: Candidates establishing eligibility based on military flight experience must provide official orders, forms, flying history reports, or logbooks showing their status as a rated military pilot, flight instructor, or flight examiner, as appropriate. FEDERALTIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-09 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-10 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks. NOTE: Applicants applying as VEOA candidates who are current GS civil service employees or are prior GS civil service employees within the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. 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: 1. Knowledge of aerial refueling capabilities of KC-10, KC-135 or KC-46 as appropriate for the position and aerial refueling data for all authorized receiver aircraft. 2. Ability to communicate orally aid in writing to prepare lessons, documents aid reports; prepare training aid/or instruction aid brief passengers and crews. Knowledge of the methods of instruction, aircrew training program requirements, procedures, and standards of performance; and skill to apply this knowledge in planning, developing and executing unit training/evaluation programs. 3. Knowledge of a wide variety of systems and components critical to the performance of the aircraft such as propulsion, electrical, hydraulic, environmental, etc. 4. Knowledge of techniques and sources of data for fuel planning, and skill to determine fuel requirements, monitor consumption in flight, and analyze engine performance; skill in performing preflight checks and inspections. 5. Knowledge of traditional navigational duties to include, COMSEC training, Mode 4, GPS key encode/decode, KY-28 SECURE VOICE, decode Emergency Action Message (EAM) during SIOP alert and EWO posturing. 6. Knowledge of Terminal Enroute Procedures (TERPS) providing primary safety monitor duties during takeoff/approach and monitors Air Traffic Control (ATC) clearances during approaches, departures, altitude assignments, and terrain clearances, able to ascertain deviation and apparent errors impacting safety of flight. Other Significant Facts Pertaining to this Position: 1. This is an Air Reserve Technician (ART) position. The incumbent is required to meet and maintain Air Force Reserve requirements. Work schedule will be aligned to allow incumbent to fully participate in unit training assemblies. The incumbent's regular assignments are ART duties; however, the incumbent may be assigned some non-ART duties, generally not to exceed 30 percent of total responsibilities. 2. The incumbent is exposed to physiological hazards of flight plus physical and psychological demands of routine lengthy missions (up to 18 hours duration), must work in confined, hazardous noise areas, is subject to inclement weather during ground operations and dangerous environmental conditions during flight, and may operate in austere location. 3. May be required to travel in military and commercial aircraft to perform temporary duty assignments. 4. Must be instructor qualified, maintaining proficiency in the Principles of Instruction. 5. 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. 6. 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. 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. This is an Air Reserve Technician (ART) position. ARTs are eligible for 15 days active duty tour each year for which military leave is granted with full civilian pay. Air Reserve units and members; are subject to immediate call to active duty in mobilization to meet a national emergency. For additional information regarding ART positions and/or military qualifications, please call 1-800-257-1212. Retired military are usually ineligible for membership in the AF Reserve. Retired military that have active AF Reserve assignments may apply provided they show assignment (position) on the application. A military service member's statement of service/certification will be accepted IF a terminal leave form or DD214 cannot be provided. The statement/certification should indicate member's separation from active duty is within 120 days of the closing date of this announcement. It must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave. Individuals selected for ART positions must meet both civilian qualifications and uniformed military requirements. In addition to meeting civilian qualifications, applicants must obtain military membership in the Air Force Reserve, wear the uniform, maintain job-specific military specialty requirements, and meet other military qualifications such as age, height, weight, and physical fitness standards. For more information click here and speak with an Air Force Reserve Recruiter.


IF USING 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.


  • Address AFRC Tinker AFB 4028 Hilltop Road Tinker AFB, OK 73145 US
  • Name: Total Force Service Center
  • Phone: 1-800-525-0102
  • Email: [email protected]