AOC 40C Army Astronaut

AOC Description

Performs space flight duties for the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); trains for future space shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) assembly and flight operations; performs development, integration, and operational implementation of manned space flight hardware and software systems; provides operational support for ongoing manned space missions; represents NASA, the Department of Defense, and the Department of the Army at various level of meetings and public appearances.

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In Demand

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Skill Level

The Skill Level reflects the level, based on MOS training and/or experience, the Soldier should be the most prepared to successfully earn the credential. See the Table Legend for details about each level.

Star

Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improves the MOS technical proficiency.

Mandatory

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Proponent Funded

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CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA.

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GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

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Renewal Period: 5 years

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), Certified Safety Professional (CSP) is an intermediate-level credential for professionals who support workplace safety practices. CSPs conduct worksite assessments, determine risk, measure hazards and controls, evaluate risk and hazard control measures, investigate incidents, maintain incident and loss records, and prepare emergency response plans. CSP candidates must meet experiential requirements that relate to the field of workplace safety. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Quality Engineer is a professional who understands the principles of product and service quality evaluation and control. Candidates must have knowledge of the development and operation of quality control systems, application and analysis of testing and inspection procedures, and the ability to use metrology and statistical methods to diagnose and correct improper quality control practices. Candidates must also have the ability to develop and administer management information systems and to audit quality systems for deficiency identification and correction. Candidates must have eight years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified Quality Engineer Body of Knowledge, and a minimum of three years of this experience must be in a decision-making position. Education can be used as a substitute for years of experience. Candidates must also pass a written examination.
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Flight Engineer certification is a senior-level certification. Flight engineers, sometimes called second officers, are technical experts who are thoroughly familiar with the operation and function of various airplane components. The principal function of the flight engineer is to assist the pilots in the operation of the airplane. The Flight Engineer certification has six ratings: Flight Engineer Turbojet/Basic; Flight Engineer Turboprop/Basic; Flight Engineer Reciprocating Engine/Basic; Flight Engineer Turbojet; Flight Engineer Turboprop; and Flight Engineer Reciprocating Engine. Candidates must meet FAA's academic and experience eligibility requirements. Candidates must pass both the written and practical exams.
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Inspection Authorization (IA). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) initiated the issuance of the inspection authorization (IA) more than 35 years ago. This system of allowing qualified mechanics the privilege of performing certain inspections has served well in the maintenance of the U.S. civil fleet. The attainment of an IA and performance of the duties thereof greatly enhance the privileges and responsibilities of the aircraft mechanic. Candidates must hold a currently effective mechanic certificate with both an airframe rating and a powerplant rating, each of which is currently effective and has been in effect for a total of at least 3 years; have been actively engaged, for at least the 2-year period before the date of application, in maintaining aircraft certificated and maintained in accordance with this chapter; and must have available the equipment, facilities, and inspection data necessary to properly inspect airframes, powerplants, propellers, or any related part or appliance. Candidates must also pass a multiple-choice examination, which focuses on the ability to inspect according to safety standards for returning aircraft to service, after major repairs and major alterations and annual and progressive inspection performed. More information about the examination can be found on the FAA website.
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Renewal Period: 5 years

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), Associate Safety Professional (ASP) certification validates an individual's knowledge and experience in the safety profession. ASP certifies an individual's ability to perform at least 50% of professional-level safety duties in safety, health, environment, and ergonomics. Safety professionals are required to make worksite assessments to determine risks, potential hazards and controls, evaluate risks and hazard control measures for equipment, systems, facilities, and processes, investigate incidents, maintain and evaluate incident and loss records, and prepare emergency response plans. ASP candidates must meet a combination of education and experience requirements. Candidates must take a written exam.
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The GEOINT Professional Certification Aeronautical (GPC AA-II) is an intermediate-level Aeronautical imagery credential. The aim of the GCP is to define the common set of competencies across the National Systems of Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG) and is an essential element of the overall development of GEOINT professionals. The GPC AA -II is designed to demonstrate ability, along a scale of proficiency, within the topical area of GEOINT Aeronautical facts, concepts, and principles deemed critical by experts to the successful execution of GEOINT mission functions. The development of the GPC is part of a larger USD(I) Initiative to professionalize the Defense Intelligence Enterprise Workforce. The GPC will ensure that credentialed GEOINT practitioners are certified to have demonstrated proficiency in a common set of competencies. This certification process facilitates advancement of professional development and training standards, promotes better synchronization, and aligns individual capabilities within the DOD intelligence enterprise through transportable credentials.
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High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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Registered Apprenticeship

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