Electro-Mechanical Technicians


The military uses remotely piloted unmanned vehicles for a variety of purposes, such as deep sea exploration, intelligence gathering, remote surveillance, and target applications. These vehicles are used in the air, on land, and at sea in operations or missions that could be dangerous for human operators onboard the vehicle. The military requires skilled operators and technicians to maintain and control these vehicles. Personnel normally specialize by the type of vehicle they operate, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, ground vehicles, surface vehicles, and undersea vehicles.

Job Titles

  • Blackjack (MQ-21) Specialist
  • Expeditionary Force - Unmanned Systems (UAV/USV/USG) Maintenance
  • Expeditionary Force - Unmanned Systems (UAV/USV/USG) Operator
  • External Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Operator
  • MQ-8B Air Vehicle Operator (AVO)

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