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Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers

Assemble, fit, fasten, and install parts of airplanes, space vehicles, or missiles, such as tails, wings, fuselage, bulkheads, stabilizers, landing gear, rigging and control equipment, or heating and ventilating systems.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Assemble parts, fittings, or subassemblies on aircraft, using layout tools, hand tools, power tools, or fasteners, such as bolts, screws, rivets, or clamps.
    • Set, align, adjust, or synchronize aircraft armament or rigging or control system components to established tolerances or requirements, using sighting devices and hand tools.
    • Read blueprints, illustrations, or specifications to determine layouts, sequences of operations, or identities or relationships of parts.
    • Attach brackets, hinges, or clips to secure or support components or subassemblies, using bolts, screws, rivets, chemical bonding, or welding.
    • Join structural assemblies, such as wings, tails, or fuselage.
    • Inspect or test installed units, parts, systems, or assemblies for fit, alignment, performance, defects, or compliance with standards, using measuring instruments or test equipment.
    • Cut, trim, file, bend, or smooth parts to ensure proper fit and clearance.
    • Adjust, repair, rework, or replace parts or assemblies to ensure proper operation.
    • Position and align subassemblies in jigs or fixtures, using measuring instruments and following blueprint lines and index points.
    • Fabricate parts needed for assembly or installation, using shop machinery or equipment.
    • Layout and mark reference points and locations for installation of parts or components, using jigs, templates, or measuring and marking instruments.
    • Assemble prototypes or integrated-technology demonstrators of new or emerging environmental technologies for aircraft.
    • Swage fittings onto cables, using swaging machines.
    • Manually install structural assemblies or signal crane operators to position assemblies for joining.
    • Align, fit, assemble, connect, or install system components, using jigs, fixtures, measuring instruments, hand tools, or power tools.
    • Clean, oil, or coat system components, as necessary, before assembly or attachment.
    • Set up or operate machines or systems to crimp, cut, bend, form, swage, flare, bead, burr, or straighten tubing, according to specifications.
    • Assemble prefabricated parts to form subassemblies.
    • Place and connect control cables to electronically controlled units, using hand tools, ring locks, cotter keys, threaded connectors, turnbuckles, or related devices.
    • Install mechanical linkages and actuators, using tensiometers to verify tension of cables.
    • Clean aircraft structures, parts, or components, using aqueous, semi-aqueous, aliphatic hydrocarbon, or organic solvent cleaning products or techniques to reduce carbon or other harmful emissions.
    • Install accessories in swaging machines, using hand tools.
    • Mark identifying information on tubing or cable assemblies, using etching devices, labels, rubber stamps, or other methods.
    • Verify dimensions of cable assemblies or positions of fittings, using measuring instruments.
    • Weld tubing and fittings or solder cable ends, using tack welders, induction brazing chambers, or other equipment.
    • Splice cables, using clamps and fittings, or reweave cable strands.
    • Fit and fasten sheet metal coverings to surface areas or other sections of aircraft prior to welding or riveting.
    • Capture or segregate waste material, such as aluminum swarf, machine cutting fluid, or solvents, for recycling or environmentally responsible disposal.
    • Cut cables and tubing, using master templates, measuring instruments, and cable cutters or saws.

    Skills

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    Knowledge

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • US Annual Salary 53160/yr
    • US Typical Salary
    • US Hourly Wage 25.56/hr
    • US Typical Hourly Wage

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Initiative
    • Adaptability/Flexibility

    Tools

    • Torque wrenches
    • Templates
    • Specialty wrenches
    • Rivet tools
    • Guide jig

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software

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