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Job Title:Aerial Refueling Technician (Instructor)

Department:Department of the Air Force

Agency:Air National Guard Units (Title 32)

Job Announcement Number:Air 12-213

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$52,252.00 to $67,931.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, December 11, 2012 to Thursday, January 03, 2013




Full Time - Indefinite


1 vacancy in the following location:
Salt Lake City, UT United StatesView Map


United States Citizens




NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED: This is an excepted position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the Utah National Guard. Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform. Acceptance of an excepted position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment. Applicants who are not currently a member of the Utah National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership and employment in the Utah National Guard.

Upon completion of your application there is a page which reflects the following "Confirmation of your Submission to USA Staffing Application Manager".  Please print this page and keep it in your records as completion of intent to apply for a vacancy.  This page provides information about the job applied for and the date and time of submission. 

If you do not receive the “Confirmation of your Submission” page or have questions regarding the use of USA Jobs please contact the HRO at 801-432-4241 or 801-432-4239.


  • Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.
  • Medical screening will be completed upon selection for hire.
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is not authorized.
  • Shift work may be required.


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(Serves as an instructor/evaluator. Conducts classroom and inflight instruction for student air refueling technicians. Provides initial, upgrade and continuation training, and combat ready certification. Prepares and conducts lectures, demonstrations, group discussions and seminars. Briefs maintenance personnel and tanker and receiver pilots, as required. Maintains applicable training records. Monitors all training to ensure completion of requirements. Teaches and remediates Computer Base Training (CBT) lessons. Reviews training records and reports to determine additional or concentrated training required. Conducts classroom training on new or revised publications. Provides demonstrations on aircraft procedures and equipment. During mission preparation, instructs students on aircrew duties and air refueling procedures. Maintains current knowledge of the tanker air-refueling capabilities and applicable aerial refueling data for all authorized receiver aircraft to include USAF, Navy, Marine, and allied aircraft. When in flight, instructs the student on inflight duties and administers all receiver category certifications. Assumes responsibility for student’s actions during air refueling activities and may be required to take control of the flying boom and/or direct “breakaway procedures” to prevent aircraft collision. Provides instruction in the use of Night Vision Goggles (NVG) and Emission Option 4 (EMCON 4), which precludes the use of radio communication and exterior lighting. This knowledge is essential for the completion of night air refueling in the minimum light environment. Makes the final critical decision on when a student is declared proficient and allowed to refuel without instructor supervision. Prepares written critiques of student performance for each flight and debriefs the student. Assists new personnel in preparation for receiver aircraft category qualification/certifications and Single Integrated Operations Plan (SIOP) certification. Administers initial, no-notice and recurring flight evaluations. Assists in preparation and updating of standardization/evaluation specialty tests. Trains students on CRM, focusing on aircraft safety and the importance of cockpit situational awareness, effective communication, and teamwork. Teaches and demonstrates the proper donning and doffing of the Aircrew Chemical Defense Ensemble (ACDE) in preparation for operations in toxic chemical and biological environments.  Performs crew compartment duties and regularly instructs/evaluates other enlisted aircrew members on duties performed during takeoffs, landings, and other critical phases of flight. Accomplishes pre- and post-flight responsibilities relative to all aircraft systems. These duties include an active role in planning and monitoring aircraft movement in addition to pre- and post-mission briefs. Monitors system indicator panels, engine instruments, fuel gauges and consumption, and circuit breaker panels during flight. Serves as a safety observer, providing backup to the pilots for aircraft configuration, altitude/attitude/airspeed awareness, and takeoff/landing clearance. Monitors Air Traffic Control (ATC) clearances, approaches, departures, altitude assignments and terrain clearances, to recognize deviations and apparent errors impacting safety of flight. Follows descent/approach as it is briefed. Monitors cross winds and the window of safety. Sets altimeter and beacon codes. References text applicable to emergency/abnormal procedures, and provides input to the aircraft commander during emergency situations.  Assists pilots during accomplishment of aircraft preflight to determine aircraft worthiness. Performs visual and operational checks of aerial refueling systems and equipment. Performs aircraft preflight inspection of all relevant aircraft oxygen, electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems. Enters data required for operating aircraft in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) controlled airspace. Activates switches and monitors altimeter, Mode 4 "Identification Friend or Foe" (IFF), Secure Voice, GPS keys-encode/load, radar beacon, radar pressurization, control panel and electronic cabinet cooling system. Performs preflight checks of all aircraft systems. Assists in servicing, and confirms operation of flight controls during preflight and prior to takeoff. Operates equipment such as auxiliary power unit (APU) for heat, power, and engine start.  During critical phases of flight, i.e., takeoff, approach, and landing, operates command radios, as directed by the aircraft commander. Communicates aircraft maintenance status, estimated time of arrival, and transportation requirements to the destination command post. Records aircraft structural analysis factors. Crosschecks engine instruments, fire-warning indicators, electrical output and circuit protection. Advises the pilot as to fuel usage to maintain optimum center of gravity for fuel economy and to ensure operation within aircraft structural limitations. Performs and practices emergency procedures and operations as they pertain to aircraft systems to include alternate extension of gear and flaps in the event of system failure. Communicates departure/landing information, cargo/passenger data, hazardous/explosive materials aboard, maintenance status, servicing requirements and abnormal/emergency conditions to command and control and ATC. Maintains extensive Crew Resource Management (CRM) training and serves as safety crewmember during all ground and flight operations. For all takeoff and landings, assures flaps, speed brakes, trim, fuel panel, altitude alerter, Predictive Wind Shear (PWS), and overhead panel switches are correctly positioned. Prior to first approach, reviews the published approach plate procedures with pilots. Computes minimum ground control speed to back up the pilot flying the approach. As the most visible and accessible crewmember, especially in a three-person operation, exercises sound judgment in advising when loading/downloading, air refueling, or other operations should be suspended or terminated.  During the mission planning stage, has responsibility for Flight Information Publications (FLIP) and Secrets (classified materials). Signs out the DATA Transfer Device (secure voice) and sets up and changes radios for secure voice. Loads launch/authentication information for the pilot. Decodes messages. Receives and controls all Communications Security (COMSEC) information. Checks the information and uses it to load planning/flight control information. Performs courier duties that include signing, securing and transporting highly classified documents and material. Maintains proficiency in decoding Emergency Action Messages (EAM) using COMSEC documents. Periodically demonstrates to the wing commander, operations plans personnel and combat crew communications personnel a comprehensive knowledge and skill in performing duties required in the unit’s Emergency War Order (EWO) mission.  Performs aerial refueling duties on specialized, classified, and high intensity missions requiring expert knowledge and operational skills. Accomplishes aerial refueling support during extended length missions including large numbers of receivers during extended range air refueling and/or receiver pilot initial/upgrade training. Assists the Supervisory Inflight Refueling Technician in developing and testing aerial refueling procedures and methods involving new refuelable weapon systems. Performs tests, when required, to evaluate the feasibility of new methods involving air refueling, i.e., low altitude, terrain masking, inter-service and foreign national air refueling agreements. Performs preflight and inflight visual and operational checks of the air refueling system to include instruments, position indicators, electrical signal sending system, hydraulically operated flight controls and fuel transfer system. Performs preflight of the aircraft oxygen system, circuit breaker panels, interphone system, emergency hatches, inflight refueling equipment, cargo tiedown equipment, palletized cargo roller system and general condition of aircraft interior.  Directs receiver aircraft pilots into the air refueling position using Emission Control (EMCON) procedures or appropriate visual commands and clear, concise, standardized terminology. Operates the aerodynamic control surfaces of the refueling boom to safely effect a precision contact between the tanker and receiver aircraft. Advises receiver and tanker pilots of actions required to maintain safe position during contact and after disconnect. Prevents inadvertent disconnects, nozzle binding or breakage and receiver damage by cross checking boom instruments and giving the receiver pilot verbal or visual instructions. Actuates switches and controls in coordination with the receiver pilot to achieve safe separation at the completion of fuel transfer. Retracts and maneuvers the boom until it is completely clear of the receiver airplane. Exercises sound judgment in recognizing the onset of situations that require immediate corrective action. Directs separation of tanker and receiver airplanes when an emergency situation exists and is solely responsible for ensuring their physical disconnect prior to movement by either airplane. Performs appropriate emergency procedures and operations for offloading and onloading fuel.  On aircraft equipped with the Multi-Point Refueling System (MPRS), the primary duties of the boom operator include, but are not limited to; preflighting the system and management of receiver flow from pre-contact to final disconnect. Simultaneously monitors multiple receiver aircraft. Prior to flight, accomplishes preflight checks, inspection, acceptance, and operation of all aircraft loading equipment, and systems. Ensures the aircraft interior is properly configured to meet specific mission objectives and is in compliance with FAA, Air Force, DOD, NATO and UN regulations, command operating restrictions, and flight manual directives. Plans, prepares, and inspects complex loads which may include but are not limited to the transportation of personnel, hazardous material, explosives, poisons, radioactive cargo, security cargo, and registered mail. Represents the aircraft commander as the approving authority for determining if prepared loads meet safety requirements and do not exceed aircraft ground, structural, or flight limitation. Supervises load placement, cargo inspection and acceptance, load distribution, and restraint requirements. Briefs the aircraft commander on cargo type, hazard class, net explosive weight and any special handling requirements or flight plan annotation requirements.  Develops and certifies cargo load plans considering quantity, weight, configuration, floor capacity, compartment restrictions and proper location within the aircraft to achieve the optimum center of gravity. Provides instruction on gaseous venting requirements and monitors pressure and vent valves during flight to prevent a hazardous condition from developing. Determines location and placement of hazardous materials considering passenger safety and en-route offload/onload requirements. Supervises and directs floor/palletized loading, cargo restrictions, Air Terminal Operations Center (ATOC) procedures and coordination, passenger handling considerations, and customs, immigrations and agricultural clearances. In addition to normal preflight duties, provides instruction on recovery and reconstitution procedures for SIOP and diverted missions that may not carry maintenance specialists. These duties include servicing, fuel, oil, hydraulics, oxygen, and operation of auxiliary power units (APU).  Ascertains fuel, passenger and cargo weights. Computes weight and balance to determine proper weight distribution and provides timely and correct takeoff and landing data. With consideration for aisle space and access to emergency exits, ensures all cargo is loaded and secured with proper restraint and devices in compliance with appropriate technical orders. Accomplishes or instructs students on proper documentation, manifesting, loading and securing hazardous cargo. Accounts for cargo being transported. Ensures proper identification including weight and destination. Preflights and inspects cargo/passenger carrying systems, condition of cargo roller handling system, shoring for floor protection, seating and life support equipment. Inspects and inventories life support equipment and is the final subject matter expert when determining its need and use during flight. Frequently uses Night Vision Goggles (NVG) while performing aircrew duties.   Briefs passengers on flight itinerary, use of emergency equipment, emergency exits, and procedures for egress, oxygen use, life preservers, electronic devices and movement about the aircraft before, during and after flight. Acts as the single passenger manager in the event of ground or flight emergency. Controls passenger movement throughout the entire mission. Responsible for the safe and orderly evacuation of passengers in an aircraft emergency, and making life or death decisions on which route and exit to use. Supervises and administers life saving measures in the event of an airborne emergency. Serves as the aircrew expert for U.S. and foreign customs, agriculture and immigration. Maintains the knowledge and skill necessary to detect and prevent possible hijack and terrorist activity.  Performs staff duties based on specialized knowledge of the unit’s mission and related programs to ensure safe and successful accomplishment of required training and Air Force mission support requirements. Performs duties of cargo loading manager. Prepares lesson plans and instructs on the Cargo Loading Trainer (CLT), hazardous materials, channel mission procedures, and load planning. Administers cargo evaluation checks to ensure assigned personnel are proficient in all aspects of cargo operations. Coordinates with the unit operations and maintenance logistics branch in developing a plan for the movement of unit cargo/personnel in support of its assigned contingency mission. Takes necessary action to ensure all requisites involved in mission planning are accomplished. Coordinates aircraft configuration for special mission tasking with maintenance. Represents the Air Force during dignitary and high-ranking personnel visits. Serves as acting ambassador when away from home station.  Performs other duties as assigned.


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LOCATION OF POSITION:  151st Operations Support Flight, Salt Lake City, Utah



APPOINTMENT TYPE:  Indefinite Obligated Position


MILITARY REQUIREMENTS: Selected candidates will be required to be in a compatible military grade and assignment prior to the effective date of placement.


VICE:  Daniel Williams


PROMOTION POTENTIAL:  This position has no known promotion potential.




KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: For successful performance in this position, each applicant must fully justify on their application how they meet each KSA listed.


1.  Experience controlling and operating an in-flight refueling system.


2.  Experience inspecting, operating, and troubleshooting in-flight refueling systems; prepare loading plans; and instruct passengers in the use of emergency equipment.


3.  Experience computing and applying weight and balance data, procedures, and techniques in performing in-flight refueling aircrew duties.


4.  Experience which provided skill in the use and interpretation of diagrams, loading charts, technical publications, and flight manuals.


GS-10 requires 24 months of specialized experience.

Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.

Medical screening will be completed upon selection for hire. 

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is not authorized.

Airman who accept a technician position will be terminated from the Bonus and Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP).

Indefinite positions may be converted to permanent status without further competition.



Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire and supporting documents. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


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Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For addtional information visit:

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This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

2. Please do not send/fax/courier/email any applications or resumes to the  National Guard Human Resource Office, you must apply on-line or fax your application to the fax number listed on this announcement with the prescribed Cover Letter. The Human Resource can only process materials received through USA Jobs.


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Each applicant must FULLY SUBSTANTIATE on their application how they meet the requirements listed in the specialized experience area; otherwise applicant will be considered unqualified for this position. Applications will be evaluated solely on information supplied in the application (OF 612) or resume. Experience will be evaluated based on relevance to the position for which application is being made. Include job titles, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours per week, salary, duties/accomplishments, employer(s) name and address, and supervisor(s) name/phone number and permission to contact


To apply for this position, you must provide both of the following parts:

1.      Your responses to the Qualifications Questionnaire, and

2.      Your resume and any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Use the Online Qualifications Questionnaire for convenience and quickest processing.


Option A:  Online Qualifications Questionnaire.

Tips for using the Online Qualifications Questionnaire:

·         You must click both Finish and Submit when you are done. Your Online Qualifications Questionnaire is not processed – and your résumé is not attached – until you click the Submit button, even if USAJOBS says it sent your résumé.

·         You can upload or fax supporting documents after you Submit the Online Qualifications Questionnaire.

·         You must complete the entire process by the closing date -- Thursday, January 03, 2013

·         To make sure everything you submitted is successfully received, follow these steps:

1.      Go to and log in using the box on the right hand side of the page.

2.      Click the radio button for this Vacancy Identification Number: 806228. Click Select a Vacancy.

3.      Verify that all of your documents appear on the table with a status of Processed.

·         You can save your work and come back later. Just click both Save and Logout.  (When you want to return, go to and log in using the box on the right hand side of the page.)

·         If you Submit more than one Qualifications Questionnaire for this position, the most recent one Submitted is the one that is used.  Therefore, it is important for you to complete it in its entirety.


To begin your Online Qualifications Questionnaire, choose one of these options:

·         If your résumé is going to come from the USAJOBS Resume Builder, you begin the process by clicking the Apply Online button near the bottom of this page. Your résumé will be attached only to the Online Qualifications Questionnaire you complete and Submit from this session, not to any Questionnaires you may already have Saved or Submitted.

·         If your résumé is going to be one you prepared outside of USAJOBS Résumé Builder, click this link to begin the process:  Online Questionnaire.


Option B:  Paper Qualifications Questionnaire.

If it is not practical for you to use the Online Qualifications Questionnaire, you can write your answers on paper.  Follow these steps:

1.      You can print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline.

2.      Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at this URL or by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850 – after the introduction, press 1, and listen for instructions.

3.      You may submit the Form 1203-FX, resume, and any supporting documents by fax.

·         By Fax: If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, you do not need a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing. If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly.  The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.  Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.




For this job announcement the following document is required:

  • Current Resume

To submit the document requested follow the instructions below: Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications Your document(s) can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, by fax, mail or by hand-deliver. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone and at least your last four digits of your social security number.

Note: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link:


Martina L. Conner
Phone: (801)432-4239
Fax: (801)523-4700
Agency Information:
Utah National Guard
Human Resources Office
12953 S Minuteman Drive
Attn HRO Jodie
Draper, UT
Fax: (801)523-4700


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgment email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or  interviews are required you will be contacted.

Instructions for completing the OPM 1203-FX:

If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.


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