AFSC 2T3X5 - Vehicle Body Maintenance

Air Force Enlisted Job Description

A M1114 Humvee patrols the perimeter of Joint Bae Balad, Iraq.
A U.S. Air Force M1114 Humvee patrols the perimeter of Joint Base Balad, Iraq, with a cloud of dust in its wake. The Humvee is a highly deployed tactical vehicle used by United States and allied armed forces. Stocktrek Images / Getty Images

Specialty Summary:

Performs vehicle body maintenance activities on military and commercial design vehicles and equipment. Activities include inspection, repair, refinishing of painted surfaces, fabrication of parts, and rebuilding components. Repairs and replaces automotive upholstery, body parts, panels, and fenders. Welds metals and cuts vehicle glass. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 704.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Inspects body and frame damage to determine best repair methods.

Straightens deformed panels, using hand and power tools. Applies body fillers to build up depressed areas, repairs or replaces locks, latches, remote controls, window regulators and other associated body components. Designs and manufactures mounted equipment, such as seats, pintle hook mounts, and towing connections.

Removes, installs, and adjusts, body components such as fenders, doors, hoods, grills, bumpers, and quarter panels. Aligns these panels using trammels, measuring tape, plumb bob, jacks and associated equipment.

Cuts, grinds, bevels, and smoothes the edges of laminated automotive glass and installs. Replaces curved glass with factory replacements.

Prepares vehicle surfaces for painting by scraping, grinding or applying paint remover. Applies chemical compounds such as primers, sealers, and finish coatings to wood and metal vehicle body surfaces. Maintains all painting equipment.

Cleans, test, and repairs vehicle radiators and associated parts. Tests for leaks and blockage using tanks and flow testers. Identifies and uses proper procedures for safe handling and disposal of hazardous waste materials.

Welds, cuts, and repairs metals using oxyacetylene, gas-shielded and arc welding.

Prepares metal for welding and sets up job using various jigs, clamps and fixtures. Selects the proper equipment for metal welding and effects repair.

Adheres to established safety standards and practices.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of metal composition and metal working methods; using oxyacetylene, gas shielded, and electric welding equipment; simple mathematical computations; mixing and applying driers, lacquers, enamels, and solvents; handling and storing paint; and using stencil, brush, spray gun, respirator, shaker-type mixer, buffing and sanding machines, and associated equipment.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in auto mechanics or industrial arts is desirable.

Training. For award of AFSC 2T335, completion of a basic vehicle body maintenance course is mandatory.

Experience. For award of AFSC 2T355, qualification in and possession of AFSC 2T335 is mandatory. Also, experience is mandatory in functions such as automotive body repairing or refinishing, mixing and applying paints, and welding. (Note: See Explanation of Air Force Specialty Codes).

Other. For entry into this specialty, normal color vision according to AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards, is mandatory.

Deployment Rate for this AFSC

Strength Req: J

Physical Profile: 333233

Citizenship: No

Required Appitude Score : M-51 (Changed to M-56, effective 1 Jul 04).

Technical Training:

Course #: J5ABA2T335 000

Length (Days): 64

Location: APG