Preferred Skills and Qualifications
- 5+ years’ experience as a sheet metal mechanic, with at least 2 years on aircraft
- Experience working on commercial or military aircraft
- Certification from the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR)
- Leadership experience in a supervisory or management role
- Comply with all safety regulations and procedures while performing work
- Read and interpret engineering drawings, blueprints, manuals, and specifications to determine layout requirements
- Mark outlines or patterns on materials, using measuring instruments and scribes
- Set up and operate fabricating machines, such as shears, brakes, presses, forming rolls, and punch and drill presses, to cut, bend, block, form, punch, drill, or otherwise shape parts to specifications
- Operate soldering equipment to join sheet metal parts
- Smooth edges and surfaces of grooves or joints, using hand tools, power, tools, files, or chemicals
- Inspect completed work for conformance to specifications and tolerances, using precision measuring instruments
- Provide accurate diagnoses and repair of structural discrepancies noted
- Install structural fittings such as bulkheads, formers, stringers, ribs, frames, and other components
- Install insulation materials such as fiberglass or polyurethane using hand or power tools
- Repair dents, cracks, or other damage to the aircraft’s skin using appropriate hand tools
- Repair holes in aircraft skins using patch materials such as aluminum, composite materials, or plastic materials such as fiberglass cloth or synthetic resin materials
- Installing, repairing, and replacing aircraft skins, structural components, and interior furnishings such as insulation, carpeting, vinyl flooring, soundproofing materials, seats, paneling, and paint
- Installing interior and exterior trim such as windows, doors, bulkheads, wall panels, ceilings, flooring, and staircases
- Repairing or replacing damaged control surfaces such as flaps, ailerons, rudders, elevators, or stabilizers using hand tools such as files, grinders, or sanders
- Applying corrosion-resistant coatings such as paint or primer to surfaces to protect them from damage by
- Keeping detailed records of all repairs and work performed on the aircraft in accordance with the repair station guidelines
Aircraft sheet metal mechanics use machining skills to operate and maintain metalworking machines.
- These include lathes, milling machines and drill presses.
- They use these machines to cut, shape and form metal parts.
- Welding is the process of joining two pieces of metal together.
- Aircraft sheet metal mechanics use welding to repair and modify aircraft parts.
- They also use welding to create new parts for aircraft.
- Fabrication is the process of creating something from scratch.
- Aircraft sheet metal mechanics use fabrication skills to create tools and parts for aircraft.
- They also use fabrication skills to repair and modify existing parts.
- Aircraft sheet metal mechanics use inspection skills to assess the condition of aircraft parts and determine if they need repair.
- They also use inspection skills to ensure that the aircraft parts they install are working properly.
- This involves testing the parts and monitoring their performance.