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Three Scientists: Proving Ground. Air Force Test Center

Revolutions Start Here

Just about every major advance in aerospace design has been put through the paces at AFTC. Advances that are truly revolutionary, even mind-blowing. Advances like airframe design and guided munitions to revolutions in flight controls and avionics.

Working shoulder to shoulder with highly skilled civilians and with active duty military experts on cutting-edge military aviation technology and revolutionary advances in science and aviation technology ... does it get any better than that?

Viva la Revolucion

Working in a challenging and stimulating environment like AFTC would probably be pretty revolutionary for just about anyone. Throw in our commitment to real work-life balance and you have something not just revolutionary but truly transformative.

Flexible work hours. Family leave. Generous vacation and paid time off. Access to fitness and recreation facilities. That’s REAL work-life balance. But that’s just part of the great benefits we offer. Click here to learn about other benefits and compensation.

Professional Growth

To help you on your way to a long and varied career, AFTC offers extensive educational opportunities including on-site training, the chance to attend educational events and programs, and even tuition reimbursement and funding for advanced degrees. To help in planning your career, you will have access to extensive career path planning tools and guidance.

As you grow with AFTC, your career can take you places you never imagined with abundant opportunities to expand your skills and put them to work keeping the Air Force successful.

Riches in Diversity

Because our mission of conducting and supporting flight research relies on creative thinking and problem solving, we invest in the value and strength that comes from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, from diverse perspectives and points of view, and abilities as diverse as the nation we serve.

We rely on inspired thinking and cultivate a team from multicultural backgrounds, varied education, and life experiences—including those with disabilities— to fuel the innovation essential to the Air Force mission.

AFTC understands and supports attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse workforce which appreciates and understands other societies, cultures, and languages. Diversity is a powerful tool on the road to success.

We also embrace equal employment opportunity in all facets of our work environment regardless of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, and/or sexual orientation.

You are smart, talented, and ambitious.

Perfect for our team.

Our greatest asset is a workforce made up of the most qualified and dedicated professionals who work in all areas of the test mission: from logistics to contracting and from engineering to the sciences.

Sure, what we do is vital to the Air Force mission, but it’s also very exciting and challenging. That makes AFTC is a great place to start a career or to invest your professional experience in something far more important than the bottom line.

Experience Matters

Engineers, contract managers, financial specialists, IT professionals, and more—we are always on the lookout for smart and ambitious pros who can step in and make a contribution on day one conducting tests to push aircraft, rockets, missiles, and weapons systems to do things that may never have been done before.

Contract Management

AFTC contract managers direct all aspects of the acquisition process and critical planning decisions in support of our mission while getting the best value for the taxpayer. This job requires business skills as well as experience with contract oversight, negotiation, and administration. 

Finance & Budgeting

Financial and budget managers and analysts use solid economic and accounting principles and practices to ensure programs are progressing properly and that business practices comply with federal financial regulations. These jobs require financial and budget management experience from the private or public sector. 

Information Technology

Rapidly changing IT principles, concepts and methods present a challenge to any organization. AFTC is no exception.

Keeping our computers, network components, peripheral equipment, software, firmware, services, and related resource operating at peak efficiency is essential to the cutting-edge work we do.

Science & Engineering

Representatives of the STEM disciplines are in abundance at AFTC working in aerospace, computer/software, electrical/electronic mechanical specialties, and general engineering. These positions require creative problem-solving skills on critical, real-life projects that define the cutting-edge of flight test technology.

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Engineering

The job of keeping our aircraft flying and support equipment functioning at peak performance is heavily reliant on the skills and experience of our engineers. They encounter complex problems and challenging circumstances that require great innovation and creativity.

Because of the varied systems and equipment that require engineering attention, AFTC employs an equally varied and talented pool of engineers.

Aerospace Engineering

Our aerospace engineers do planning, R&D, design, test, analysis, production, fabrication, operation, type certification and/or maintenance of aerospace vehicles or integrally associated equipment.

They investigate phenomena encountered in aerospace flight; analyzing unknown or unfamiliar aerospace vehicles; piloting aerospace vehicles; developing aviation safety standards and regulations; and providing leadership and guidance on aerospace engineering programs.

Chemical Engineering

AFTC chemical engineers analyze chemical processes to produce products and systems; and use mass, momentum, and energy transfers together with thermodynamics and chemical kinetics to explore, extend, improve and provide for existing and potential chemical and biochemical conversion processes.

Civil Engineering

Our civil engineers apply specialized knowledge of the mechanics of solids (e.g., soils), hydraulics, theory of structure, strength of materials, engineering geology and surveying to help support AFTC’s facilities, and research and development activities.

Computer Engineering

AFTC computer engineers manage Air Force computer systems and networks, hardware, systems software, system architecture/integration while working on the research, design, development, testing, evaluation, and maintenance of computer hardware and software systems.

Electrical Engineering

Electrical circuits, circuit elements, equipment, systems and associated phenomena concerned with electrical energy for purposes such as motive power, heating, illumination, chemical processes, or the production of localized electric or magnetic fields are the purview of AFTC electrical engineers.

Electronics Engineering

Our electronics engineers work on electromagnetic or acoustical wave energy, as well as electrical information for communication, computation, sensing, control, measurement and navigation purposes.

General Engineering

AFTC general engineers advise on, administer, supervise or perform research or other engineering work on a variety of special or miscellaneous engineering tasks that involve professional work in several branches of engineering.

Industrial Engineering

Industrial engineers at AFTC determine, evaluate, predict and advise on effective ways an organization can use its production factors (i.e., people, equipment, materials, information, energy) to make or process a product or provide a service.

Materials Engineering

Our materials engineers determine the best materials for various uses in performance of the AFTC sustainment mission, and develop/apply a means of testing, evaluation, life prediction and standardization of materials and properties to engineering, architecture and scientific designs and projects.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers at AFTC manage, supervise, lead and/or perform engineering and scientific work involving, among other things, the design, development, maintenance and disposal of mechanical devices and systems to ensure they function safely, reliably, efficiently and economically.

Safety Engineering

AFTC safety engineers help eliminate or control hazardous conditions resulting from equipment and machine operations or human error that may lead to injury or property damage in or to our workforce, aircraft and facilities. The work requires the application of advanced engineering and math skills and safety principles, standards, practices and analytical techniques.

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STUDENTS & RECENT GRADS

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HOW TO APPLY

The application process for federal employment can be more arduous than applying for work in the private sector. That’s why we’ve put together a step-by-step overview of what you can expect. There are dozens of AFTC jobs available around the country and even some in overseas locations.

Zoom in or out of the map to see more or less detail. Click on any marker to see current job openings.

All AFCS job opportunities are also listed on the Federal Government’s official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information, USAJOBS.  Access AFCS Acquisition job opportunities at https://airforce.usajobs.gov.

Follow the steps below to determine if you are qualified and eligible, and apply for a position with AFCS.

Step 1 – Find the Right Job for You
Step 2 – Read the Job Announcement
Step 3 – Apply for the Job

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Qualification vs. Eligibility

Like any employer, AFCS expects you to be “qualified” when you apply for a position, but unlike some employers, you must also be “eligible." What’s the difference? It’s actually pretty simple.

“Qualification” is based on education and/or experience. As with any other employer, you will need to have certain educational and/or work experience in order to be qualified for a given position. For example, if you want a job as a doctor, you need to have completed medical school and fulfilled the related requirements. The kinds of background needed are always clearly detailed in the Job Opportunity Announcement listed at https://airforce.usajobs.gov. Be sure you meet those expectations before you decide to apply.

However, even if you are completely “qualified” for a job, you may not actually be “eligible.” In the Federal jobs environment, “eligibility” refers to Federal regulatory requirements that determine who can apply for specific jobs.

Each AFCS Job Opportunity Announcement will carefully spell out who is eligible to apply in the “Who May Apply” section. Further details on who may apply can be found in the “Other Information” and “How to Apply” sections. It is very important to review these requirements carefully. If you do not meet the requirements listed, you may not apply for the job.

For additional information on this subject please review the Air Force “Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide.”

Step 1: Find the Right Job for You

AFCS jobs are categorized as entry, mid, and senior levels, and are associated with different qualifications and pay grade levels.   And, there are special categories of job opportunities, including jobs for students and recent graduates, veterans, military spouses, and individuals with disabilities. This site provides several ways to help you find the right AFCS job. Use one of our helpful search tools:

Step 2: Read the Job Announcement

Each AFCS position (Job Opportunity Announcement) will provide detailed information about job qualifications, duties, salary, location, benefits, and security requirements. These will help you determine if your interests, education, and professional background make you a candidate who qualifies for the job.

Step 3: Apply for the Job

Follow the instructions in the “How to Apply” section of each Job Opportunity Announcement. Instructions will guide you through the application process, providing you detailed information on the questions that must be addressed, and forms and format that must be used to present your resume and qualifications for the job. Help can be found at USAJOBS.gov.

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