Air Force Electrical Systems (3E0X1)
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Air Force Electrical Systems (3E0X1): Career Details

Air Force Electrical Systems (3E0X1) specialist are responsible for installing, modifying, repairing and maintaining the vast electrical networks.

These individuals can work on everything from fixing light in the courtyard to space command communication and alarm systems.

They are the troubleshooting experts who ensure every Air Force function is operational and dependable.

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Education, Qualifications and Training

This is an entry level position that requires additional knowledge and testing requirements.

Education

To enter into this position recruits must have a High School Diploma or GED.

Recruits must also take and pass both the Mechanical and Electronics ASVAB requirements.

You’ll need a score of 35 or better on the Electronics portion, and a 35 or better on the Mechanical portion of the test.

Qualifications

Electrical Systems specialist are required to have knowledge relating to the principles of electricity and electronics.

Individuals must have a valid state driver’s license in order to operate government motor vehicles.

You cannot have a fear of heights or be color blind to hold this position.

Individuals have to be at least 17 with parental consent and 16 without.

They cannot be older than 39 years old.

Training

After passing all qualifications and tests, airman will attend Basic Military Training for 8.5 weeks.

When Basic Training is complete, recruits will go to Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas for 99 days to complete Technical Training.

Upon completion of Basic Training, Technical Training and any skill requirements, recruits will reach apprentice level and have earned credits towards Electronic Systems Technology.

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What Job Tasks does an Electrical Systems Specialist Have?

Air Force Electrical Systems
Air Force Electrical Systems airman connects power to the main water pipe. Image: af.mil

Electrical systems specialist will perform a variety of tasks based on their specific job title.

Possible job titles in this field include Interior Electrician, Exterior Electrician, Lineman, Airfield Electrician, General Electrician, Airfield Lighting, Alarms, Guard General Systems and more.

All of the job titles vary based on the exact duties, but all functions of the above jobs surround establishing and maintaining different types of electrical systems.

Electrical System specialist complete tasks that could have them in any location on the base.

These specialist are in charge of removing and installing:

  • Outdoor and Interior light fixtures/control and related components
  • Ground Fault Current Interrupter devices
  • Nonmetallic rigid conduits
  • Receptacles
  • Junctions
  • Switches
  • Switch boxes other than explosion-proof

They also measure, cut, bend, fit or attach electrical conduits, rigid conduits and pipes.

Specialist rewire lighting fixtures, wires, cables and complete overall electrical control troubleshooting.

They will bench check, service and repair lighting fixtures.

Electrical Systems specialist are in charge of emergency and airfield lighting.

They can replace the poles, underground cables and motors or starters.

Firing and maintaining weapons and maintaining mobility kits can be part of the Electrical System specialist job.

Most practice CPR and first-aid responsibilities in addition to their regular duties.

All will follow and perform equipment lock-out and tag-out procedures to ensure the safety of themselves and others.

Any work that needs to be performed will be surveyed to gain an understanding of resource requirements.

Interior Electricians generally focus on lighting, conduits, motors, starter and mobility preparation.

Exterior Electricians generally focus on high-voltage areas.

Their work can include airfield lighting, including installation of poles and stringing overhead conductors, underground systems and alarms, among many other tasks.

Individuals who are in the Lineman job focus on overhead systems such as pole installation.

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Working with alarms is a specific category among Electrical Systems specialist.

This job function can include installing and maintaining alarm systems and system components.

Job tasks surrounding alarm systems include removing or installing fire alarms, intrusion alarms, batteries and annunciator panels.

Alarm system tasks can also include inspecting and cleaning the above systems and components.

Another job, Guard General Systems, under the electrical systems category, perform duties that are related to overhead and low-voltage distribution systems.

These specialist job functions can include routing wires, analyzing drawings, performing operator maintenance on line maintenance trucks, reading service meters, drill structures and solder electrical connections.

Individuals in the above job titles as well as other job titles in the Electrical Systems job, all perform slightly different variations of work and range in rank and time of service.

Once individuals are in the Manager or Superintendent stage, they are higher in rank and their job duties change.

In addition to completing some maintenance activities, individuals at the Manager and Superintendent stage will complete work aimed at counseling and supervising subordinates.

They will create work assignments and determine training requirements.

These specialist also interpret policies and conduct training.

Depending on the job that they perform, Electrical Systems specialist could complete over 175 different tasks.

This requires an individual to be diverse and gain general knowledge of several different systems during training.

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All Airman receive the same base pay depending on rank and time of service.

The individual job descriptions referred to above will not have a reflection on the pay you receive, only the tasks you perform.

Most entry level recruits can expect to start out on the lower end of the pay scale.

There are many ways to increase your rank and pay.

Read the article here for more information.

Benefits

In addition to base pay and other pay opportunities, airman receive benefits at little to no cost.

Airman are entitled to insurance that depending on your family status and location, will include medical and dental for free or low cost compared to a civilian plan.

They will also receiving both a housing and food allowance based on family status, location and rank.

Paid sick time, vacation, zero-cost retirement plan, recreational access and education tuition are also included in the Air Force benefits.

For more information on benefits click here.

Job Reviews

According to a survey completed by the Air Force on Electrical Systems specialist, people in this position seem to have more positive job satisfaction than individuals in other positions, (survey link in the references section below).

This is a position that allows for growth and increased knowledge/responsibility.

Individuals in this position generally find a home/work life balance that works well for them.

The hours can be long but are often standard when not deployed.

A few reviews from previous Electrical Systems specialist can be found below.

Electrical System Specialist
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Civilian Career Opportunities

Working in Electrical Systems in the Air Force opens the door for a career as an electrician as a civilian.

Experience gained in this position will relate to a variety of career fields.

Related job titles include:

  • Electrical Systems Control Tech
  • Electrical Test Technician
  • Electronics Technician
  • Site Technician
  • Instrumentation and Electrical
  • Power Supply

Jobs are generally readily available in this career field and usually does not require you to move locations to find work.

The pay for this field can vary drastically. 

Most entry level positions currently posted will start around $20 an hour, but with the experience and knowledge gained as an Electrical Systems specialist in the Air Force, you can usually expect to start a lot higher than that.

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Summary

Electrical Systems Air Force
Air Force Electrical Systems craftsman completes an inspection on the runway. Image: af.mil

Air Force Electrical Systems (3E0X1) specialist ensure that all electrical components are in working order.

These specialist are required to install, inspect, repair and maintain a large variety of electrical components.

They are required to be knowledgeable and efficient to ensure systems are in working order.

This position requires knowledge of electricity and electronics as well as additional ASVAB testing than other positions.

The job outlook on this career path is great and reviews from previous employees are very positive.

After working in this career path, airman will have extensive knowledge of electrical systems that will allow for a career as an electrician in the civilian world.

References:

Air Force 3E0X1 Occupational Survey Report

Air Force Electrical Systems Career Details

Keanu C.

Keanu is currently an active duty airman in the United States Air Force. Born and raised in Columbia, Maryland, he's currently a Computer Networks and Cyber-security student at the University of Maryland. Keanu enlisted in the US Air Force in September 2013, and attended the Community College Of The Air Force, graduating with an Associates Degree in Transportation.

He currently resides in Tuscon, Arizona, and has plans to attain a Doctorate in Professional Studies In Cybersecurity.
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