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Survival Equipment Specialists

Job specification

Since many times the lives of military personnel are in danger during hazardous missions and assignments they sometimes depend on survival equipment to protect them from harm. However, these survival gears also need careful maintenance. To fully support the program, the military organization hires the services of Survival Equipment Specialists. They are considered enlisted personnel in the military and their main functions are to maintain the usability of survival equipment such as aircraft life support, sea rescue gears and parachutes.


The usual duties and responsibilities of Survival Equipment Specialists in the military chain of command include:

Conduct inspection on parachutes for tangled lines and rips

Safely pack the parachutes as a good preparation for use during missions

Spearhead in the repair of life rafts as a safety measure for emergency situations

Conduct regular testing on oxygen regulators

Maintain aircraft with many safety provisions such as fire extinguishers, flares and other survival provisions available

Conduct training on crews on the basics of survival equipment usage

Conduct repairs on ruined and malfunctioning gadgets including upholstery

Ideal traits

The field of study which is helpful in this kind of job in the military includes sciences and shop mechanics. Other helpful attributes also include:

Excellent skills on work assignments which require details and more styles

Readiness anytime for the safety of others during work hours

Training opportunities

Classroom instructions as well as actual experience in related jobs are helpful training programs. Course contents that are also helpful include:

Techniques in rigging of parachutes

Inflatable rafts basic repair and procedures

Oxygen equipment maintenance

Sea rescue equipment maintenance

Work atmosphere

The Survival Equipment Specialists in the military work in on board ships and inland. They also travel to other military installations when the need arises.

Non-military employment

The civilian Survival equipment specialists work in survival equipment companies, airlines, private rescue groups operated by businessmen, and several other business establishments. Their functions are only the same with that of the military.

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