The 3E3X1 AFSC, known as Structural specialists, play a critical role in the Air Force by managing, constructing, repairing, and modifying a wide range of structural systems. This includes work on wooden, masonry, metal, and concrete buildings, as well as fabricating and repairing components of buildings, utility systems, and real property equipment. These specialists ensure that Air Force infrastructure is maintained to support mission readiness and operations, adhering strictly to environmental regulations and safety standards.
- Construction and Repair: They are responsible for the construction and repair of various structures, including the preparation and interpretation of working drawings and schematics. This involves everything from footings and foundations to walls, roofs, and windows for both prefabricated and permanent structures.
- Material Selection and Application: Structural specialists select construction materials based on strength, application procedures, and curing. They are skilled in preparing, applying, and finishing materials like mortar, concrete, plaster, and stucco, as well as applying protective coatings.
- Metalwork and Welding: These specialists fabricate, repair, and install metal parts and assemblies, performing welding, cutting, brazing, and soldering on both ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
- Maintenance and Inspection: They manage and evaluate work center activities, ensuring compliance with regulations, and troubleshoot, repair, and install locking devices and mechanical gates.
Training and Qualifications:
- Tech School: A 90-day course in Gulfport, MS, equips them with the necessary skills for their role.
- Education: A high school diploma with courses in mathematics, mechanical drawing, and shop mechanics is preferred to prepare for the technical and practical aspects of the job.
- Experience: Progression within the AFSC requires hands-on experience in constructing and repairing buildings, laying masonry, welding, and fabricating metal components.
- Knowledge: Operators must have a comprehensive understanding of building maintenance, woodworking materials, masonry products, metalwork, and safety procedures.
- Skills: Proficiency in using various tools and equipment for construction and repair tasks is essential, as is the ability to interpret construction drawings and adhere to safety and environmental standards.
The role of a 3E3X1 specialist is vital for maintaining and enhancing the functionality and safety of Air Force bases and facilities worldwide. Their expertise in structural construction and repair ensures that the physical infrastructure of the Air Force is capable of supporting its global mission effectively.