Aerostat Operator 3 - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee


Afghanistan - Bagram, Kandahar

Job Summary

AECOM is currently looking for qualified Aerostat Operators for our Afghanistan and Iraq locations

Aerostat Operators provide Operations and Sustainment (OS) support for the Persistent Surveillance Systems – Tethered (PSS-T) program in OCONUS site locations. PSS-T is comprised of former PersistentGround Surveillance System (PGSS) and Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS) programs.

Persistent Surveillance Systems-Tethered (PSS-T) delivers tactical and fixed site aerostats to exploit a full range of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), force protection and communications capabilities to joint, interagency and multinational organizations.

Pri * m * ary areas * o * f responsi * b * ility are dependent on the position held:

  1. Supervise the execution of the assigned work schedule and related crew duties

  2. Ensures the site and system maintains adequate levels of spares, helium, POL (petroleum, oil and lubricants) vehicles, support and test equipment, tools, consumables and all other site/system material requirements

  3. Ensures assigned site/system maintenance activities are properly performed on a timely basis and items identified for replacement or repairs are addressed

  4. Prepares and submit customer and TCOM written reports on site/system operations to include, but not be limited to, operational status, flying time, down time, maintenance activities, critical logistics and supply issues, helium usage/inventory, safety items, personnel issues and other significant site/system issues

  5. Ensures assigned crew support the timely identification and resolution of site/system technical problems including troubleshooting, repairs, modifications and system improvements. These activities may include interfacing and supporting TCOM company personnel, customer personnel and other individuals on and off the site.

  6. Performs Launch and Recovery Director (LRD) duties to include, but not be limited to, assessment of the weather and the mission-ready status of all crew personnel and system equipment; conduct pre-flight checks; direct the aerostat launch; continuously monitor the weather and system status during flight; direct the Aerostat recovery and conduct post-flight checks. Also direct the crew to perform any post-flight maintenance and/or repairs that are identified after recovery (i.e. tether replacement, helium replenishment, etc.).

  7. Ensures all site and system operations, maintenance, security, and safety policies and procedures are practiced in all phases of Aerostat operations

  8. Performs both corrective and preventive maintenance on Aerostat avionics, fiber optic components, site electrical systems, communication and weather sensor equipment. Proficient at a wide range of technician tasks to include using standard mechanical and electrical hand tools, electronic/electrical assembly/disassembly, wiring, soldering, operating standard and unique test equipment

  9. Reads schematics, specifications, technical drawings and engineering data

  10. Maintains and understand site documentation such as parts and repair requisitions, time reporting, flight logs and maintenance logs.

  11. Skilled in the operation of special purpose vehicles to include man lift operations.

  12. Develop and train lower classified field technicians as required

  13. Other duties as assigned

Other Responsibilities:

Safety - AECOM enforces a safety culture whereby all employees have the responsibility for continuously developing and maintaining a safe work environment. As appropriate, each employee is responsible for completing all training requirements and fulfilling all self-aid/buddy aid responsibilities, participating in emergency response tasks and serving on safety committees and teams.

Quality - Quality is the foundation for the management of our business and the keystone to our goal of customer satisfaction. It is our policy to consistently provide services that meet customer expectations. Accordingly, each employee must conform to the AECOM Quality Policy and carry out job activities in compliance with applicable AECOM Quality System documents and customer contracts. Each employee must read and understand his/her Quality Management and Customer Satisfaction responsibilities.

Procedure Compliance - Each employee must read, understand and implement the general and specific operational, safety, quality and environmental requirements of all plans, procedures and policies pertaining to his/her job.


This position description indicates the general nature and level of work expected. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required. Employee may be asked to perform other duties as required.

Minimum Requirements

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Candidate must be a U.S. Citizen and possess an Active DoD Secret clearance.

  2. Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in electrical, electronics, computer engineering, engineering technology, information technology, or mechanical engineering; or a BS in engineering technology or Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BET). Experience may be substituted for education.

  3. Minimum of three (3) years Aerostat experience is required.

  4. Minimum of four (4) years technical experience is the specialized discipline.

  5. Supervisory/Leadership experience is required.

  6. 30 series level or greater from Army MOS 35F (Intelligence Analyst); 35G (Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst); 35H (Common Ground System Analyst); 96R (Ground Surveillance Systems Operator), 96U (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator), or 40 series in any MOS or military branch equivalent.

  7. Note: 30 series/industry equivalents denotes 4 years or greater experience within the requested labor disciplines; electrical maintenance, IT Cisco, IT CCIE, or Mechanical Maintenance.

Along with the above requirements, must meet one of the skill sets below (based on the position):

  1. Electrical Maintenance Mechanic

  2. 3 years’ experience performing operations and maintenance on AEROSTAT system.

  3. 4 years technical experience at the 30 series or greater level is required.

  4. O&M of electro-mechanical equipment to include one or more of the following:

  • Hydraulic/servo valves

  • Hydraulic actuators, control systems

  • Test and diagnostic equipment

  1. Networking, IT & information systems

  2. 3 years’ AEROSTAT experience is required.

  3. 4 years technical experience at the 30 series or greater level is require ( IT CISCO Network or IT CCIE;

  4. BICSI or Network + or Comp T Certification is required.

  5. CCIE certification preferred.

  6. Mechanical Maintenance

  7. 3 years’ AETOSTAT experience is required.

  8. 4 years Mechanical Maintenance technical experience at the 30 series or greater level is require Army MOS 94D/X and 91/B/S/W or other military branch equivalent, or industry occupational specialties such National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified Truck Mechanic or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) General Mechanic 3 greater.

  9. O&M of mechanical equipment to include one or more of the following:

  • Hydraulic systems

  • Winch systems

  • Tether/cable handling systems

  • Industrial generator sets

  • Power switch gear

  • HVAC

  • CranesAerial lift

  • Forklift

  • Industrial generator sets

Preferred Qualifications


What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is

pioneering the future . Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions

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core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only

delivering a better world , but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Maintenance

Business Line Management Services

Business Group Management Services Group (MS)

Country Afghanistan

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 224809BR

Clearance Required Yes

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.