MQ-9 RPA Sensor Operator - 1U0X1 - Air Force Careers

(1U0X1) MQ-9 RPA Air Force Sensor Operator



  • High school diploma, GED with 15 college credits, or GED


  • General; Electronics


  • Flight experience is beneficial and desired, but not required

  • Normal color vision

  • Completion of a current Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)

  • Completion of 8.5 weeks of Basic Military Training

  • Must be between the ages of 17 and 39


Technical Training: 31 days

Technical School Location: Lackland AFB TX, Randolph AFB TX

Status Upon Completion of Technical School: CCAF Degree  with credits earned towards Air and Space Operations Technology.


Job Description: Sensor Operators conduct reconnaissance and surveillance of potential targets and areas of interest. They detects, analyzes and discriminates between valid and invalid targets using synthetic aperture radar, electro-optical, low-light, and infrared full-motion video imagery, and other active or passive acquisition and tracking systems. Another major thing Sensor Operators do is assists in air navigation, Air Order of Battle (AOB) integration, fire control planning, and determining effective weapons control and delivery tactics to achieve overall mission objectives. The operator utilizes laser target marking systems to provide target identification and illumination for onboard weapons delivery, and in support of other combat assets. The individual is also responsible for terminal weapons guidance. Sensor Operators also perform pre-flight and in-flight mission planning activities in accordance with unified combatant command and theater rules of engagement. They also do researches and studies target imagery, friendly and enemy orders of battle, and offensive and defensive capabilities from various sources. Assembles target sources. Assembles target information, locates forces, and determines hostile intentions and possible tactics.