PAE, Inc F/A-18 Ordnance QASO in Ridgecrest, California

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F/A-18 Ordnance QASO

Occupational Summary:

Required to maintain and service the aircraft armament equipment, upload, download of ordnance stores/devices and performance of systems tests/checks as required in support of the squadron. These services are to be provided at the O-Level maintenance on assigned aircraft types. The candidate shall be able to function as Assistant Ordnance Crew Leader, certified Quality Assurance Safety Observer (QASO) to ensure all operations are performed safely and correctly in support of RDT&E programs

Essential Job Functions:

The candidate must be able to function as an Assistant Ordinance Crew Leader, Quality Assurance Safety Observer to ensure all operations are performed safely and correctly in support of NAWSCL, NWTSCL RDT&E programs. These services are to be provided at the "O" level maintenance on the F/A-18 aircraft. The Government may require OJT/ qualifications on other aircraft as operational commitments dictate. Coordinates and facilitates the assembly, installation, and adjusts aircraft armament parts, assemblies and accessories according to specifications, using technical directives, applicable publications, hand tools, power tools and measuring instruments. Attach armament systems and components to aircraft, tests functional performance of installed ordnance, equipment and armament components, adjusts repairs or replaces unacceptable components. Prepares and loads live ammunition and ordnance as well as downloads unused ordnance after mission completion. Shall maintain and verify the daily aircraft ordnance load/fly-me requests In accordance with the VX-31 Daily Flight Schedule for proper configuration and weapon system compatibility in accordance with the US Navy F-18 Aircraft Tactical Manual.

Minimum Education and Experience Required:

  • Candidate experience must be clearly defined on resumes by listing specific dates (month & year) and locations of relevant experience.

  • Minimum ten years USN/USMC/USCG Organizational Level Ordnance experience supervising the loading and arming of all types of conventional ordnance on aircraft.

  • Minimum 36 months of Organizational Level Ordnance experience on F/A-18 aircraft (24 of the 36 months within the last 3 years preferred).

  • Must have completed the Navy Class C school for Aviation Ordnance on the FA-18, and conventional weapons loadingschool.

  • Must be certifiable to superviseconventional/experimentalordnance loading. Shall be able to evaluatedevelopmental/interimloading/downloadingprocedures/checklists. Must be able to maintain all records to meet Navy standards for “O” level ordnance shops. Must be capable of being certified as a CDI.

  • High School graduate or equivalent. Must have a valid driver’s license. Must have a current secret level clearance and be able to maintain it. Must be available to work any shift.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. PAE’s hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations. With over 60 years of experience, PAE supports the execution of complex and critical missions by providing global logistics and stability operations, technical services and national security solutions to customers around the world. PAE has a workforce of approximately 15,000 people in over 60 countries on all seven continents and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

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