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Flight Engineer

Overview: The Flight Engineer is responsible for monitoring all aircraft engine and control systems while in-flight. They also perform pre-flight and post-flight inspections when the aircraft is away from home station. They accomplish many of the aerospace maintenance, loadmaster and other functions away from home that individual specialists would do at the home station. 

Position: Enlisted


Specific Tasks:

  • Compute and apply aircraft weight, balance, performance data and determine fuel consumption 
  • Operates and monitors engine and aircraft systems controls and indicators, that can include hydraulic, fuel, electronic, air conditioning, communication, navigation, radar and others 
  • Reports abnormal conditions to pilot and recommends corrective action 
  • Performs aircraft inspections


  • For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with course in mechanics, mathematics, physics, computer principles, typing, speech and English is desirable
  • Physical qualification for aircrew duty
  • Normal depth perception 
  • ASVAB score of 60 on Mechanical and 60 on General 
  • Height not less than 64 inches or more than 77 inches
  • Qualification for aviation service
  • Must maintain eligibility to deploy and mobilize worldwide
  • Eligibility for Secret security clearance


  • 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:

  • Air Crew Members