It takes highly trained and skilled individuals to keep the Army National Guard’s sophisticated weapons operating at top performance. The Integrated Family of Test Equipment (IFTE) Operator/Maintainer supports Army National Guard operations in the field by performing maintenance on shop replaceable units, system supported line replaceable units, and test program sets.
The IFTE Operator/Maintainer is primarily responsible for maintaining the base shop test facility. Specific duties may include: performing electronic maintenance, adjustments, and tests; operating and performing preventive maintenance checks and services on assigned vehicles and power generators; performing march order and emplacement of the base shop test facility; installing supported weapon system test program sets; replacing defective components and performing base shop test facility alignments; reading technical diagrams and manuals; and replacing equipment parts, such as resistors, switches, and circuit boards.
Some of the Skills You’ll Learn
• Use and maintenance of electrical and electronic test equipment
• Equipment repair exercises
• Strong attention to detail
• Interest in solving problems
Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career in manufacturing companies, medical research facilities, satellite communications firms, or commercial airline companies. The same skills may also prepare you for a future with the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or the National Weather Service. With some additional study, you may be able to qualify for the Electronics Technician Association (ETA) certification.
Earn While You Learn
Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance.
Job training for an IFTE Operator/Maintainer consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 34 weeks of classroom instruction, including practice in repairing and replacing equipment parts.
Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability.
The National Guard is a unique element of the U.S. military that serves both community and country. The Guard responds to domestic emergencies, overseas combat missions, counterdrug efforts, reconstruction missions and more. Any state governor or the President of the United States can call on the Guard in a moment’s notice. Guard Soldiers hold civilian jobs or attend college while maintaining their military training part time. Guard Soldiers’ primary area of operation is their home state.
The Guard dates back to 1636, when Citizen-Soldiers formed militias to defend community and country. And for 377 years, the Guard has stayed true to its roots. Enlisting in the National Guard means more time at home. Training typically requires one weekend each month, with a two-week training period once each year. Get a degree with money for school, learn job skills that translate to the civilian world, make bonds that last a lifetime and earn pride for life. When you become a Guard Soldier, your family will thank you, your country will thank you and your future will owe you. Contact a recruiter to find more specifics about your opportunities in the Army National Guard.