Pros: great benefits, breaks, base access to gyms and cafeteria, free housing, great management, and a great work environment
Cons: cluttered with politics and useless time wasting when it came to wing management visiting.
Typical day: Arrive at work at 7, get the morning briefing and review the current state of the lab to delegate that days task to the airmen and nco's. Get into the lab around 7:15 and begin calibrating or continue a calibration from the previous day. At 11 we got an hour lunch break. continue to calibrate until 3:30 (1530) at which point go to PT and – more... exercise.
What I learned: The military taught me how to be a professional in everything I do and hold myself to a higher standard, not to cut any corners and that quality will be around much longer than I am. I became very well trained in the calibration and dealings of electronic equipment, understanding components and how they interact with eachother, the laws and principles of electronics as well.
Management was always on point, the flight chief and technical manager were always very well aware of what was going on in the lab and how everything was running with the airmen and supervisors and were quick to efficiently handle any situations as they came alone all while keeping the morale high.
Co-workers were amazing, kept the environment relaxed yet productive. Keeping a professional relationship with eachother in the work place and being good friends when we're at home.
The hardest part of the job was dealing with all of the politics of being in the military, the dog and pony show that started whenever the squadron commander was stopping in for a tour, to brief us, or to give an airmen a new decoration or announce an achievement. All work and production would come to a halt so we could clean the lab from top to bottom to get it ready for one person to be there for 5 minutes than leave.
The most enjoyable part of the job was the morale of the flight, every once in a while, usually once a month, everyone would get together for some paintball, or a hike, or we'd have a barbecue on our lunch break. It was like a family and everyone looked out and took care of eachother, there was never a problem I had that I couldn't take to a supervisor or another airmen and they'd give me all the help I could ever need on getting that problem solved whether it was with work or my personal life. – less