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Aircraft Mechanic – Airframer / Welder


Performs hydraulic system, structural and sheet metal repairs and modifications to aircraft, accessories and associated equipment. Must be knowledgeable with the operation and maintenance of hydraulic/structural metal equipment and machinery. Applies comprehensive technical knowledge and experience to solve hydraulic/structural repair problems. Provides technical assistance, guidance and instruction to employees in the Aircraft Airframes Mechanic classification.

Welds metal components together to fabricate or repair metal parts of Aircraft, Engines, Support Equipment, and related systems, components, and accessories. Must have experience using various types of machines to perform, but not limited to welding, soldering, shaping, milling, cutting, grinding, shearing, forming, and dimpling metals and associated materials. Required to handle hazardous materials in performance of assigned duties.

Possess in depth knowledge of aircraft hydraulic/structural maintenance practices, applicable maintenance/ technical manuals and publications, basic tools, special tools, test equipment and the operation and maintenance of structural repair equipment and machinery. Must have working knowledge of corrosion detection, prevention and treatment. May be required to perform Leadman duties when designated and authorized.

Must be customer oriented.


Inspects hydraulic systems, structural repairs, modifications, removal, replacement and reinstallation actions; part fabrication; layouts, templates, etc., inspect for structural integrity, quality and completeness of work.

Welds, inspects, heat treats, repairs, and/or manufactures aircraft and related support equipment components, and/or accessories in accordance with Maintenance Instruction Manuals (MIMs), Illustrated Parts Breakdowns (IPBs), Technical Directives (TDs), Navy instructions, Engineer drawings and/or manufacturer’s manuals.

Determines welding techniques and machine settings to be used.

Assembles and sets up parts to be welded and makes required welds following guides such as various resistance controls, charts, specifications, accepted shop practices, and oral or written instructions.

Operates various inert gas and electric resistance welding machinery such as spot, seam, and flash, or use a manual gas torch welding process, such as oxyacetylene, to join a variety of different types of parts or components.

Fabricates various parts using blueprints, drawings, charts, and samples.

Troubleshoot, service and repair aircraft, airframes and systems to ensure air-worthiness.

Determine feasibility and method of repairing or replacing malfunctioning or damaged components using manufacturer’s manuals, service bulleting and applicable publications.

Performs miscellaneous duties to include turn flushing, cleaning, lubing of aircraft systems and components.

Sets-up, trouble shoot, repair, and demonstrate correct usage of shop metal working equipment, hand tools, powered tools, fastener installation tooling and fixtures that are used for aircraft hydraulic/structural maintenance.

Develops, designs, recommends, and determines structural repair and replacement requirements and procedures to include but not limited to fastener and material type, damaged area cutouts, etc.

Develops, designs, recommends, inspects and determines metal, plastic, phenolic and fiberglass part fabrication procedures and template requirements to include layout, fastener and material type, quality and completeness of work.

Assists in P&E report preparation.

Sets-up and uses sight levels and transits. Performs aircraft optical alignment checks as required..

Assist in weighing aircraft and completes weight and balance data configurations reports/forms.

Use schematics, drawings, charts and other applicable publications to troubleshoot, repair, test and modify assigned systems.

Performs flight control and landing gear rigging.

Be able to become aircraft turn-up certified as directed by management.

Repair, replace major aircraft structures such as wings, fuselage, and landing gear systems.

Assist in the removal and replacement of aircraft engines utilizing appropriate support equipment.

Must be able to work day shift, night shift or weekend duty and travel as part of a maintenance recovery team or detachment as required.

Will have experience writing with clarity and technical accuracy.

Performs aircraft inventory, acceptance and transfer inspections.

Be capable of becoming Plane Captain certified when directed my management.

Perform other tasks as directed by management.

Provides technical assistance, guidance and instruction as required.

Maintains and/or completes required records and applicable maintenance forms

Become CDI/CDQAR certified as directed by management to perform collateral duty inspection assignments

Performs daily duties normally associated with this specialty.

Practice good housekeeping, tool control, FOD awareness/prevention and safety at all times.

Comply with Hazardous Waste Program.

Operates SE, flight line vehicles and other support equipment as required.

Qualified to perform corrosion detection, treatment, prevention and documentation Assists in aircraft/equipment movement and flight line foreign object prevention walks.

Annotates maintenance actions in aircraft forms and VIDS/MAF, Work Orders in NALCOMIS/OOMA.

Will have knowledge of and understand basic supply procedures. Assist with ordering parts, tools, materials and equipment as required.

Must comply with established General and Industrial Safety Rules and Regulations as applicable to the contract, facilities and job assignment.

Keeps shop area clean and participate in daily hanger cleanups


Aircraft mechanics shall have three years experience in their specific aircraft maintenance occupational field. The last two years must have been as a practicing licensed FAA airframe and power plants mechanic; in the military; civil service (WG-7-10), or with a government aviation maintenance Contractor.

The Aeronautical/Aircraft Welder must possess three years (within the last eight years) welding experience in an aeronautical environment. The welder shall be certified in accordance with MIL-STD-1595 and COMNAVAIRFORINST 4790.2B .

Must have experience in corrosion detection, treatment and prevention.

Personnel shall be qualified according to their field of expertise and the level of maintenance assigned, i.e., “O” or “I” level.

The mechanic will be capable of cross-training into or assisting other specialties as directed by management. All mechanics must be capable of becoming Plane Captain certified when directed by management IAW a Government approved certification program for each TMS of aircraft.

Must possess or be able to obtain a secret clearance.

Must have completed high school or equivalent.

Will have experience writing with clarity and technical accuracy.


Physical Demands:
This classification activity requires the scope of physical movements and postures normally associated with shop/hanger/flight line maintenance activities to include bending, stooping, walking, climbing, pushing, stretching, kneeling and working in tiring, uncomfortable positions, etc. May be required to lift objects whose weight normally will not exceed 50 pounds. Special vision abilities required to perform this job are close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust and focus.

Work Environment:
The diversity of work conditions may range from an environment where there is little or no physical discomfort, to an environment where inclement weather may subject individual to severe changes of temperature, wind, rain, etc. May be required to work in areas where high noise hazards prevail. May be exposed to electrical shock hazards. May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles.


Driver’s License

Egress/Explosive System Checkout

Support Equipment Operator as required for assigned tasks

Plane Captain Certification/Final Checker


Emergency Reclamation

Tow Supervisor/Tow Brake Operations


CPR Certification

Hydraulic Tester (HCT-10)*

Hydraulic Contamination

Confined Space Entry as required

Barrier monitor

Aeronautical Welding

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