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OH-58D Helicopter Repairer (15S)

Transportation and Aviation Army MOS Information
  • Enlisted
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve

Hundreds of Army missions depend on aircraft for transport, patrol and flight training. It's up to the members of the aircraft repair team to ensure that all Army aircraft remain safe and ready to fly. As an integral member of this team, the OH-58D Helicopter Repairer is primarily responsible for supervising and performing maintenance on OH-58D helicopters (also known as 'Kiowa Warrior' helicopters).

Here are some of the duties of an OH-58D Helicopter Repairer:

  • Remove and install aircraft subsystem assemblies such as engines, rotors, gearboxes, transmissions, mechanical flight controls and their components
  • Service and lubricate aircraft and subsystems
  • Prepare aircraft for inspections and maintenance checks
  • Perform scheduled inspections and assist in performing special inspections
  • Inspect and repair aircraft wings, fuselages and tail assemblies
  • Service and repair aircraft landing gear
  • Repair or replace starters, lights, batteries, wiring and other electrical parts

Training:

Job training for an OH-58D Helicopter Repairer consists of nine weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 13 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including inspection and repair of aircraft engines and equipment. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Some of the skills you learn are:

  • Engine disassembly and repair
  • Repair of hydraulic, fuel and electrical systems
  • Repair of aluminum, steel and fiberglass airframes and coverings

Helpful Skills:

Helpful attributes include:

  • An interest inmathematics and shop mechanics
  • An interest in work involving aircraft
  • An interest in engine mechanics
  • An ability to use hand and power tools

Advanced Responsibilities:

Advanced level OH-58D Helicopter Repairers supervise and train other Soldiers. As an advanced level OH-58D Helicopter Repairer, you may also be involved in:

  • Performing operational checks and scheduled inspections
  • Diagnosing and troubleshooting malfunctions in aircraft subsystems