Individuals selected for this position perform data collection and analysis supporting U.S. efforts in monitoring worldwide nuclear treaties and research, development, testing and evaluation for monitoring technologies pertaining to weapons of mass destruction (e.g., nuclear, chemical and biological). Information collected is reported to multiple national-level agencies, policymakers, and war fighters. Development, acquisition and maintenance of these collection systems, as well as the operations, are all aspects an applicant can expect to perform. Environments for collection include satellites, hydrophone, air samplers (ground and air base), seismometers, laboratory equipment, radio frequency and a host of other collection platforms. Research and development of new systems and the enhancement of existing systems also are within the purview of this highly technical career field. Individuals can expect to be assigned worldwide in situations ranging from one-man sites to fully operational Air Force bases. Due to the nature of this career field and the state-of-the-art equipment, individuals operate/maintain, only a select number of applicants are accepted. Initial training is intensive, covering a wide variety of subjects. Everyone receives electronics fundamentals. Course length is approximately 60 training days and lays the groundwork necessary for additional training. Information provided ranges from basic electron flow to component-level analysis. Everyone receives technical applications fundamentals. Course length is approximately 65 training days and provides the basic skills to perform in all areas of the career field. Computer skills (UNIX, Windows and DOS), advanced mathematical skills, statistics, mechanical physics, thermodynamics, electromagnetic radiation, light optics, chemistry and fundamentals of nuclear radioactivity are all taught at this level. Weapons of mass destruction are also taught as they pertain to nuclear, chemical and biological sources. Additional training received depends on the specific area an individual enters. This training runs from six to 46 training days and covers material ranging from computer workstations (LANS) to maintenance of collection systems to operations and analysis of multimedium environments (e.g., satellite, seismic, hydroacoustics, radio frequency). Training builds the foundation for steady career progression. Entry level is usually shift work in one of the collections or maintenance techniques. Individuals work their way to management-type positions and/or development jobs working with cutting-edge technology. Careers within the 9SX00 field can culminate at a detachment superintendent or policy-level position. PAY CHART
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