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Survival Equipment Specialist ... (Military - Enlisted)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Inspects, maintains, and repairs survival equipment, such as parachutes, aircraft life control equipment, and air-sea rescue equipment.

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Security and Protective Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Performs maintenance/repairs/riggings for aircraft and man-mounted systems including emergency parachutes, seat survival kits, life rafts, life preservers, anti-exposure assemblies.
  • Packs parachutes for safe operation.
  • Repairs life rafts and loads them with emergency provisions.
  • Operates and maintains oxygen test stands, liquid oxygen convert test stands.
  • Stocks aircraft with fire extinguishers, flares, and survival provisions.
  • Trains crews in the use of survival equipment.
  • Assembles, maintains and repairs protective fabric components such as clothing and upholstery.
  • Operates and maintains sewing machines including adjustment and lubrication.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Seeing clearly at a distance

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel