INDIAN AIR FORCE AIRMEN TRADES AND DUTIES
On the basis of the performance in the Joint Basic Phase Training (JBPT) at Basic Training Institute, Belgaum-specific trades are allotted to the successful candidates. Basic combatant training is imparted to all the recruits, which includes basic discipline and manners, educational training, weapon training, etc. After successful completion of basic training, you will be trained in specific trades. PT, Parade, and games are integral parts of the training and service life. Succeeding paragraphs give an idea of the nature of the job an airman is expected to perform in different trades. However, depending on service requirements, an airman may be assigned other jobs as required by his superior authorities and exigencies of service.
In this trade, you are responsible for the maintenance and repair of all types of light and heavy-duty mechanical vehicles, cranes and loading equipment, etc.
As an Electronics Fitter you operate and maintain Radar, Voice, and Data transmission and reception equipment mounted on the latest airborne weapon delivery systems and ground-based air defense systems. You will get trained in Digital Electronics, measuring instruments, radar technology, the latest electronic devices, and related trade fundamentals.
You will maintain the power supply system of the latest types of aircraft, airborne missiles, and associated ground systems. You will also maintain photo equipment mounted on air-borne weapon systems and operate ground-based photosystems. You will get trained in the electrical trade, operation, and maintenance of digital devices, electronic devices, etc.
Mechanical System Fitter:
You will repair and maintain mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems of airborne missiles, engines, automobiles, and aircraft fuelling equipment. Complete aircraft ground support equipment will also be repaired and maintained by you. You will be trained in handling and preparation of bombs and explosives and in electrical systems, workshop, and mechanical trades as well as automobile mechanics.
As Structure Fitter, you are responsible for the maintenance and servicing of airframes and their accessories, components, and controls of aircraft. Regular checks for the entire hydraulic and pneumatic system to ensure proper functioning against leaks are also part of your duties. You will also be assigned the responsibility of marshaling, parking, picketing, and ground handling of aircraft.
In this trade, you will repair, maintain and prepare for use the propulsion system of aircraft and other airborne weapon delivery systems.
You will undertake major structural repairs of all aircraft at central repair facilities. You will also be trained in workshop trade for material treatment, welding, heat treatment, smithy, basic machine tools, etc.
Workshop Fitter (Mechanical):
You will undertake repair and maintenance work of mechanical nature. You will be trained in workshop trade and practices.
In this trade, you will prepare, maintain and service armaments, ammunition, and safety equipment of aircraft, missiles, and other weapon delivery systems. You will also operate and maintain small arms and bomb destruction equipment. You will be trained to handle bombs, explosives, arms, and their installation on weapon delivery platforms.