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An Airman from the 362nd TRS monitors pressure and settings while doing a maintenance check on the tire of a B-52. The 362nd TRS B-52 Aerospace Maintenance Apprentice course teaches Airmen the fundamentals of becoming a B-52 Crew Chief. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Josh Wilson)
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362nd Aerospace Maintenance Course Spotlight

Posted 7/11/2012   Updated 7/12/2012 Email story   Print story


by Josh Wilson
82nd Training Wing Public Affairs

7/11/2012 - SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, TEXAS -- The training of B-52 crew chiefs for the Air Force Aerospace Maintenance program is the job of the staff at Sheppard's 362nd Training Squadron.

When students arrive at Sheppard, they begin a seven block course. Blocks one through three consist of a 24 day fundamentals course, where Airmen learn about general aircraft systems and flight controls common to all types of airframes.

Blocks four through seven are designed to combine classroom instruction and actual task performance on the B-52.

"Generally we teach a particular system and then the students perform key tasks that are associated with that system," said Tech Sgt. Kendall Lizama, 362nd TRS B-52 Crew Chief Instructor.

In block four, students learn about the B-52 airframe, drag chute system, electrical system and egress system.

Block five gets more into specific aircraft systems. The students learn about the aircraft's hydraulic system, landing gear and flight controls. They also perform hands-on tasks, such as hydraulic reservoir servicing, landing gear strut servicing, axle jacking and replacing a main landing gear tire.

"I've enjoyed being able to actually work on the aircraft and get hands-on knowledge," said Airman Daniel Farkas. "The instructors are very knowledgeable and when you have a question they get the answers to help further us along with our training." Airman Farkas will be stationed at Minot AFB upon completion of the course.

Block six teaches students the fuel systems, refuel/defuel operations, engine operation and the utilities system.

Airman Adrian Roxas, who will be moving on to Minot AFB as well, says he truly enjoys the career path he has fallen into. "I signed on as an open mechanic and they placed me in B-52 crew chief training and I really like working on this aircraft," said Roxas. "I can't imagine working on anything else."

The final block is where everything learned over the 59 academic day course comes together. The students learn about inspections and the intervals between these inspections. These inspections require the students to use previously learned skills and identify many types of components.

The hands-on training received at Sheppard ensures every Airmen is mission ready when they complete the course and move on to their assigned base.

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