Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AZ)

Navy Enlisted Rating (Job) Descriptions

The aircraft carrier, as the heart of Naval Aviation, is the principal customer at NAES Lakehurst. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

The Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AZ) was established as a rating in 1963.  Their initials for the Navy rating is AZ "because Aviation Maintenance Administration does everything from A to Z." 

However, on September 29, 2016, in a rather controversial move, the Chief of Naval Operations moved away from traditional ratings to an alphanumeric system of Navy Occupational Specialty (NOS) codes.

So the AZ rating is now the the NOS is A440.  No longer will the enlisted members be call by their rate as well.  So a Petty Officer Third Class, who is an E-5, in the Aviation Maintenance field will not be called AZ3 buy his peers and higher ranking members of his chain of command.  He/she will simply be called Petty Officer _______ (name).

About the Aviation Maintenance Administration Career

Aviation Maintenance Administrationmen perform a variety of clerical, administrative, and managerial duties necessary to keep aircraft maintenance activities running efficiently. The rating requires close communication with all other aviation maintenance ratings.

AZs are required to have diverse organizational and technical skill sets and they perform multiple roles within an aviation command in different work centers such as the Maintenance and Production Work Centers. Such important Logs and Records within a division, track aircraft, component hours, and even hours on individual bolts or screws.

Each time the aircraft operates, Aviation Maintenancemen are required to track their life span. Any calculations or logbooks not maintained properly and the command can have aircraft that are grounded, or worse, have pilots and aircrew who do not come back home safely.

The pilots and crew rely on the Aviation Maintenance Administrationman and his meticulous attention to detail.

 This is the attention to detail that brings the pilots and crewmembers and their aircraft back home safely.  The AZ are adept in spreadsheet creation and perform calculations constantly and requires other members of the rate to back them up and ensure accuracy. Everything in the Aviation command must be properly documented, checked twice for accuracy, and properly filed and logged as any incident or inspection by the command, FAA, or National Transportation Safety Board can lead to lives lost and careers ending.  The Aviation Maintenance Administationmen are accountable to the Maintenance Chief, Master Chief, and Maintenance Officers.  

Duties Performed by AZs Include:

  • scheduling aircraft inspections;
  • keeping charts that show trends in aircraft system reliability;
  • organizing and operating libraries of technical publications, reports and related maintenance data;
  • issuing aircraft inspection and work orders;
  • performing clerical and administrative duties such as filing and typing;
  • preparing reports and correspondence;
  • performing computer data base and system analysis;
  • maintaining engine logbooks and associated aircraft records.

Working Environment

Aviation maintenance administrationmen usually work in a clean, comfortable office environment. Places of work vary depending on whether they are assigned to sea or shore duty. The tasks they perform are mostly mental and require close cooperation with fellow workers. AZs may be assigned to an aircraft or helicopter squadron that may deploy on Navy ships. Opportunities also exist to work in squadrons based at overseas sites or within the continental United States

A-School (Job School) Information

Meridian, MS -- 96 calendar days

ASVAB Score Requirement: VE + AR = 102

Security Clearance Requirement: Secret

Other Requirements

Must be U.S. Citizen

Sub-Specialties Available for This Rating: Navy Enlisted Classification Codes for AZ

Current Manning Levels for This Rating: CREO Listing

Note: Advancement ( promotion ) opportunity and career progression are directly linked to a rating's manning level (i.e., personnel in undermanned ratings have greater promotion opportunity than those in overmanned ratings).

Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating

  • First Sea Tour:42 months
  • First Shore Tour: 36months
  • Second Sea Tour: 36months
  • Second Shore Tour: 48 months
  • Third Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Third Shore Tour: 48 months
  • Fourth Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Forth Shore Tour: 48 months

Note: Sea tours and shore tours for sailors that have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 months ashore until retirement.

Much of the above information courtesy of the Navy Personnel Command

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