AFSC employees are critical to many parts of a well-made mission. No matter if you work on the shop floor, in a hangar at a logistics complex, or from a desktop – mission success is in your hands. By sustaining the Air Force’s critical systems, you have the opportunity to protect our nation and make an impact now and into the future.
Your job is to work your way through a crucial challenge where time is of the essence – and often times the work you do could be the difference between life and death. You will have the ability to apply your high-level skills to find the most efficient and cost-effective solutions that will extend the life and capabilities of major aircraft and their systems.
From maintenance to modernization, your work sustaining, modifying and upgrading current systems to meet new mission requirements and capabilities is critical to saving lives, protecting the nation and keeping the warfighter flying. Well-made missions start with you - and end with you - because you are an essential link who is ready for anything.
As the backbone of military force and technology, AFSC must have a workforce that is adept in the latest tools and technologies. That is why we aim to enhance the value of our employees through professional development and continuous learning including in-house training programs.
Many of our employees take advantage of Air Force tuition assistance to help obtain a master’s degree and become more valuable assets to our mission. We are here to help you advance your skills for the protection of our nation and the longevity of your career.
To help you on your way to a long and varied career, AFSC 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 AFSC, 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.
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.
AFSC 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.
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 AFSC is a great place to start a career or to invest your professional experience in something far more important than the bottom line.
A civilian acquisition career at AFSC can take you in numerous exciting directions. With interesting and challenging professional options at several sites around the country, we have many unique opportunities that will bring out your best.
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.
The AFSC employs a wide variety of professionals to support our mission. We are in charge of delivering billions of dollars’ worth of goods and services on time at locations around the world. Learn more about our major hiring areas:
The Air Force takes cost-effectiveness seriously. That's why our contract specialists follow strict standards and practices. They are superior negotiators and have an eye for detail. This is a critical position in the Air Force, as you are a key element in ensuring AFSC is an efficient steward of the taxpayers’ money and helping us complete our mission.
Our contract specialists have strong business skills to serve as advisors to a wide range of customers. As part of an integrated acquisitions team for sustaining major systems and/or smaller subsystems, they help plan the overall approach to contracting the goods and services for the various, often complex, needs of the sustainment mission.
By organizing financial management activities and establishing internal controls, AFSC financial management officers make sure funds are available for the equipment, supplies, and services our Airmen need, when they need it.
Financial specialists also develop cost estimates, oversee distribution and establish performance standards to evaluate efficiency, and develop best practices. They ensure strategic goals, programs and projects, set by management and outlined in business plans, are adhered to.
Cost estimators plan, organize and supervise the varied programs at each of our Air Logistics Complexes and then evaluate performance against standards validating that our sustainment and modernization efforts are efficient and effective, helping ensure compliance with cost, schedule, and performance requirements.
The key to our success – properly utilizing billions of dollars to acquire equipment and services to support the warfighter and serve the American people.
Life Cycle Logistics
Life cycle logisticians perform a critical role during both the acquisition and operational phases of a system's life cycle.
They ensure product support strategies meet program goals for operational effectiveness and readiness. They ensure supportability requirements are addressed consistently with cost, schedule, and performance and meet system requirements while delivering optimal life cycle product support.
AFSC program management professionals implement and supervise every aspect of the acquisition process, from engineering and manufacturing to deployment and support. They apply general business skills and proven managerial capabilities to guide technical and business sides of projects.
Since they are so central to every project they are highly organized and possess interpersonal and communication skills.
Countless computers, millions of lines of code, massive information management systems—all essential to success in air, space, and cyberspace. But a computer is only as good as its software, and that's where IT and computer systems programming specialists come in. They develop programs that are critical to our warfighting ability – from maintenance tracking programs to systems that organize and display intelligence data.
Our AFSC IT pros are working with some of the most advanced technology flying today, or making weapon systems from years past perform like they’re brand new.
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, AFSC employs an equally varied and talented pool of engineers.
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.
AFSC 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.
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 AFSC’s facilities, and research and development activities.
AFSC 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 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 AFSC electrical engineers.
Our electronics engineers work on electromagnetic or acoustical wave energy, as well as electrical information for communication, computation, sensing, control, measurement and navigation purposes.
AFSC 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 engineers at AFSC 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.
Our materials engineers determine the best materials for various uses in performance of the AFSC 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 engineers at AFSC 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.
AFSC 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.
There are numerous AFCS jobs available across the country and around the world. Zoom in or out 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.
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 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."
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:
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.
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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