JOB TYPES IDENTIFIED WITH AN INVENTORY CONSTRUCTED BY ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS.
PERSONNEL RESEARCH LAB LACKLAND AFB TEX
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Using data collection procedures set forth in Air Force Manual 35-2, the Electronics Engineer Air Force officer specialty was surveyed. A job inventory developed by officer incumbents at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was composed of 117 task statements and a Background Information Sheet. The inventory was completed by 673 electronics engineering officers in 11 major air commands, over 80 per cent of the officers being in the Air Force Systems Command. Analysis of the survey data by means of a hierarchal grouping technique allocated 575 of the officers jobs to 18 job types, each of which included at least five members. Expected job types reflecting shredouts authorized in 1964 were not found. Field grade and company grade officers were grouped together in all except three job types. Job types tended also to cut across commands and organizational levels. Entry level and fully qualified Electronics Engineers performed essentially the same work activities. The part of the job allocated to planning, directing, supervising, and coordinating duties increased with grade, but allocation decreased with grade for evaluating and performing duties. Computer printouts of the definitive tasks for officer grades surveyed and for the 17 job types identified are shown in appropriate tables. Author
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations