Subject Matter Expert F/A-18 (Pilot/NFO)

SUPERVISOR: Site Manager/Program Manager


  • SME responsibilities shall include the following:
  • Review curriculum, assess, and recommend improvements to the training program via the appropriate training management officials.
  • Attend required scheduled meetings/training (e.g., scheduling, standardization, phase head, safety systems working groups, Intelligence Updates, aircraft systems and weapons tactics briefings and conferences).
  • Update, modify, and maintain currency of curriculum to support platform specific training. Assess training, syllabus, and mission scenarios for effectiveness and make recommendations for training program improvements.
  • Provide analysis of existing testing instruments and recommend changes to improve training baseline and measure proficiency of training objectives.
  • Review syllabi and recommend changes to the lessons based on NATOPS changes, engineering changes, and evolving mission areas changes.
  • Perform other incidental and related duties as required and assigned.


In filling a vacant position, preferred or required credentials regarding education, training, experience, skills, and other bona fide occupational qualifications may be established. The credentials shown in this job description may be interpreted only as the minimum criteria existing at the time the description was developed. Other bona fide occupational qualifications and criteria may be utilized as needed in the selection process.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirement of the job change.

The order of duties and responsibilities listed in this job description is not designed or intended to rank the duties and responsibilities in any order of importance relative to each other.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4 year college or university

Training and Experience: Must possess extensive knowledge of applicable weapons system to include operational performance capabilities and a complete understanding of security classification and mission sensitivity issues. Must possess a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in the operation of applicable weapons system within the last seven (7) years, or possess a minimum of two (2) years’ experience working on revision and maintenance of applicable weapons system training program within the last five (5) years.

Must have demonstrated aircrew experience in the F/A-18 community with a minimum of fifty (50) hours flight time. Must be thoroughly familiar with all F/A-18 operational requirements, capabilities, and limitations, to assist with the conduct of training, as it pertains to updating and developing training scenarios.

Must possess Strike Fighter Weapons and Tactics (SFWT) Level 4 or higher experience in Super Hornets.

General Skills:Must possess excellent communication and writing skills. Must possess knowledge and skills necessary to verify that all information provided is handled, marked, and delivered IAW the requirements applicable to the classification level.

Computer Skills: MS Office products. Must be thoroughly experienced and proficient with PowerPoint and Adobe Photoshop or equivalent image manipulation software.

Security Clearance: Secret. Must be able to obtain and maintain required Top Secret (TS)/Sensitive Compartmented In-formation (SCI) security clearance with access to Special Access Programs (SAP) in order to access classified data for training simulations.