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Aircrew Egress Systems

Overview: Egress means exit, which defines the unique job of Aircrew Egress Systems personnel: to ensure that jet pilots can safely eject from aircraft in event of emergency.  This involves precise coordination of seats, canopies, hatches, and modules. Their work also includes handling and maintaining the explosive devices that are key components of ejection seats.

Position:  Enlisted


Specific Tasks:

  • Maintain complete emergency systems to escape disabled aircraft, including ejection seats, escape hatches, and escape capsules 
  • Handle and maintain explosive devices used to operate these escape systems 
  • Repair associated escape items including warning lights, oxygen systems, canopies, belts, and harnesses


  • Normal color vision 
  • ASVAB score of 56 on Mechanical 
  • Demonstrated weight lift of 100 pounds


  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 8 ½ weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX, followed by Technical Training 
  • Technical Training is 31days at Sheppard AFB, TX 
  • College credits earned: Aviation Maintenance Technology - 10 credits

Related Civilian Careers: 

  • Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians 
  • Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers