US Army Job Profile: 15T UH-60 Helicopter Repairer

Repairing Black Hawk helicopters is an important role in the Army

Special operations Blackhawk takes off fast in Afghanistan.
Shilo Watts / Moment / Getty Images

The UH-60 helicopter repairer is primarily responsible for supervising and performing maintenance on UH-60 helicopters (also known as Black Hawk helicopters). This is military occupational specialty (MOS) 15T. It's an important role in the Army, since the Black Hawk is usually a part of any combat situation.The helicopter has played a role in numerous battles, including in Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and other parts of the Middle East.

 

About the Army Black Hawk Helicopter

The Black Hawk, named for the Native American warrior, has been part of Army operations since 1974, entering formal service in 1978. It's manufactured by Sikorsky, and versions of this aircraft have been made for other branches of the U.S. Armed Services as well; the Coast Guard, Air Force and Navy all have a similar helicopter.

The Black Hawk helicopter has stood the test of time because it's quieter and more durable than its predecessors. Its ability to evade radar is another huge plus for the Army, especially in combat situations. It can carry a crew of four and up to a dozen equipped soldiers. 

Duties of MOS 15T

All of the duties revolve around the Black Hawk helicopter, including removing and installing subsystem assemblies such as engines, rotors, gearboxes, transmissions, mechanical flight controls and their components.

They're also responsible for servicing the aircraft and any subsystems.

MOS 15T soldiers prepare aircraft for inspections and maintenance checks, conduct scheduled inspections, and assist in performing special inspections.

Their duties also include operational maintenance checks and diagnosing and troubleshooting aircraft subsystems using special tools and equipment as required.

They'll perform operator maintenance and repair and provide support for aircraft ground support equipment.

And of course there's the paperwork: these soldiers prepare forms and records related to aircraft maintenance and other air crewmember duties.

MOS 15T may also act in a supervisory capacity at times, providing technical guidance to subordinate personnel.

Training to be a Black Hawk Repairer

Job training for a UH-60 helicopter repairer requires ten weeks of basic combat training and 15 weeks of advanced individual training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and the field.

Skills Learned as MOS 15T

You'll learn to disassemble and repair engines, repair aluminum, steel and fiberglass airframes and coverings, as well as fix hydraulic, fuel and electrical systems.

Qualifying as MOS 15T

To qualify for this job, you'll need to score a 104 in aptitude area Mechanical Maintenance on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test.  The line scores for this area include Auto and Shop, Mechanical Comprehension and Electronic Information.  There are no special security clearances required (ASVAB).

You'll also need normal color vision (no colorblindness), and any history of alcohol or drug abuse is disqualifying.

Experimental use of marijuana after age 18 is disqualifying. In addition, any documented instance of the use, sale, transfer, possession, or manufacture of any narcotic or other controlled substance or dangerous drug is disqualifying

Similar Civilian Occupations to MOS 15T

The skills you learn with this job in the Army will help prepare you for a career as an airframe or power plant mechanic.