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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 the event of an 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


  • Completion of high school with courses in general science or mathematics is desirable
  • Normal color vision 
  • ASVAB score of 56 on Mechanical 


  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 8.5 weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX; followed by Technical Training 

Related Civilian Careers: 

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