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Engineering - Palace Acquire (PAQ) Professional Development Program

We want “YOU” to be part of the United States Air Force - Science and Engineering Palace Acquire Developmental Program (S&E PAQ Program). The S&E PAQ Program is a development program that leads to a permanent engineering or science position after successful completion.

Bachelor of Science graduates qualify for a paid, full-time, three-year development and training program. The first and third years of this well-planned and unique program involve work experience, while the second year is dedicated to paid graduate studies (tuition, fees, and books) while maintaining your full salary. 

Master of Science degrees may also be considered and, if selected, may be placed in a two-year on-the-job training program. 

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Engineering Directorate is currently seeking graduates in Engineering fields spanning Aerospace, Computer, Electrical, Electronics, Environmental, Materials, Mechanical, Systems, and more!

A PAQ offer includes a career development plan, competitive full-time salary, annual non-competitive promotions, student loan repayment plans, tuition reimbursement, and all the benefits Federal employees enjoy. Some eligible candidates may also receive a sign-on bonus and repayment of qualifying Federally insured student loans. These positions have a starting salary range of $52,106 ($25.05 per hour) for Bachelors and $63,734 for Masters ($30.64 per hour).

  • Minimum 2.95 GPA on a 4.0 grading scale
  • Bachelors/Masters Degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • Ability to obtain and maintain security clearance (Air Force will fund the clearance)

To ensure compliance with an applicable nationwide preliminary injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. More information may be found at:

Equal Opportunity Employer. U.S. citizenship required. Must be of legal working age. 

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