Primary Location: UNITED STATES-CALIFORNIA-CHINA LAKE
The Plane Captain services aircraft, performing any combination of the following tasks: directs incoming and outgoing aircraft near terminal or flight line parking area to assist pilot's maneuvering of the aircraft on the ground, using hand or light signals or drives light truck with guiding sign, and secures aircraft in parking position with chocks and tie downs. Additionally, Servicers do the following tasks: aircraft flight line servicing, operates service vehicles to replenish fuel, oil, water, waste system chemicals, oxygen, hydraulic fluid, and to remove waste, enters in the maintenance records description of the servicing performed, checks for fuel contamination by draining sumps and fuel drains; operates ground support equipment such as electrical power supply, tow tractors, aircraft jacks, hydraulic jenny, and engine starting units, examines tires for specified air pressure and condition, assists in jacking and towing aircraft, removes and replaces defective tires, positions and removes boarding platforms to unload or load aircraft passengers, unloads and loads aircraft stores, PODs, ordnance and cargo, and cleans exterior or interior of aircraft, hangar deck periodic housekeeping and fluid spills using portable platform ladders, brushes, rags, water hose, cleaning compound applicator and mobile vacuum.
- Directs incoming and outgoing aircraft near terminal area or flight line to assist pilot's maneuvering of the aircraft on ground, using hand or light signals or drives light truck with guiding sign; secures aircraft in parking position with blocks and stakes; operates service vehicles to replenish fuel, oil, water, waste system chemicals, oxygen, hydraulic fluid, and to remove waste.
- Checks for fuel contamination by draining sumps and fuel drains.
- Enters in the maintenance records description of the servicing performed.
- Operates ground support equipment such as electrical power supply and engine starting units.
- Examines tires for specified air pressure and condition.
- Removes and replaces defective tires.
- Positions and removes boarding platforms to unload or load aircraft passengers.
- Unloads and loads luggage and cargo, using tow truck with luggage carts.
- Cleans exterior or interior of aircraft wings and assemblies, using glycol mixture, periodic housekeeping and fluid spills using portable platform ladders, brushes, rags, water hose, cleaning compound applicator and mobile vacuum.
- May install drag chutes or retrieve them and send them to parachute shop for repacking.
Knowledge & Skills
- Must be capable of performing pre/post flight, daily inspections and aircraft servicing functions.
- Must be able to operate GSE in support of the assigned aircraft.
- Maintenance experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable. aircraft structures, hydraulics, pneumatics, or egress systems.
- Perform scheduled/unscheduled maintenance.
- Perform flight line essential services and other maintenance related actions as directed to support the daily Flight Schedule.
- Shall be licensed to drive and operate Ground Support Equipment.
- Plane Captain certified in accordance with a Government approved certification process for each T/M/S applicable to their background experience and/or documented equivalent training for the applicable T/M/S.
- Knowledge of the use of aircraft hand tools, special tools, and test equipment is required.
- Must have a working knowledge of aircraft safety requirements and know how to operate portable firefighting equipment.
Experience & Education
- The candidate must have completed the Navy Skill Specialty Class “C” school in airframes, electronics, avionics, hydraulic, or power plants and related systems training or USMC/USCG equivalent.
- Must have a minimum of two (2) years Organizational level aircraft maintenance experience.
- Must have a high school diploma or GED.
- Must have a valid drivers’ license and be eligible to qualify for and able to maintain a secret level clearance.
- Recent experience with F-18A-F, EA-18G, MH-60S or AV-8B aircraft strongly preferred.
Physical Requirements/Working Environment
- May work in aircraft maintenance hangar or outside.
- May be required to respond to a wide variety of operational circumstances, including extreme weather conditions and rudimentary infrastructure.
- May be exposed to extreme noise from turbine and jet engine aircraft.
- May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles; may be exposed to electrical shock hazards or work near moving mechanical parts, vehicles, or aircraft.
- Must be able to walk and stand on level and/or inclined surfaces for certain periods throughout the day.
- Must be able to climb stairs, ramps, ladders, and work stands.
- Must be able to crouch, crawl, grasp or handle objects, use finger dexterity, bend elbow/knee and reach above/below shoulders.
- May be required to lift up to 50 pounds.
- May be required to see aircraft in flight, read dials/gauges, identify small objects and hand tools.
- Must be able to see imperfections, micrometer readings and other small scales.
- Must be able to communicate by voice and detect sound by ear.
- Must be able to distinguish color and judge three-dimensional depth.
- May be required to operate power vehicles, machinery, hand tools, ground support equipment, fork lift, APU, etc.