The Aircraft Mechanic (General/Structural/Avionic/Electrical) troubleshoots malfunctions in various aircraft systems and performs general mechanical maintenance of the assigned aircraft. Services, repairs, and overhauls aircraft and aircraft engines to ensure airworthiness.
- Repair, replace, and rebuild aircraft structures, such as wings and fuselage, and functional components including rigging, surface controls, and plumbing and hydraulic units, using hand-tools, power tools, machines, and equipment such as shears, sheet-metal brake, welding equipment, rivet gun, and drills.
- Read and interpret manufacturers' and service maintenance manuals, service bulletins, and other specifications to determine feasibility and method of repairing or replacing malfunctioning or damaged components.
- Examine engines for cracked cylinders and oil leaks, and listens to operating engine to detect and diagnose malfunctions, such as sticking or burnt valves.
- Inspect turbine blades to detect cracks or breaks.
- Test engine operation, using testing equipment, such as ignition analyzer, compression checker, distributor timer, and ammeter, to locate source of malfunction.
- Replace or repair worn or damaged components, such as carburetors, alternators, and magnetos, using hand tools, gauges, and testing equipment.
- Remove engine from aircraft, using hoist or forklift truck.
- Disassemble and inspect parts for wear, warping, or other defects.
- Repair or replace defective engine parts and reassembles and installs engine in aircraft.
- Adjust, repair, or replace electrical wiring systems and aircraft accessories.
- Perform miscellaneous duties to service aircraft, including flushing crankcase, cleaning screens, greasing moving parts, and checking brakes.
- May service engines and airframe components at line station making repairs, short of overhaul, required to keep aircraft in safe operating condition.
- May specialize in work, repair and modification of structural, precision, and functional spare parts and assemblies.
- May specialize in engine repair.
- Perform other qualified duties as required.
- Knowledge of military publications, drawings, blueprints and microfilm.
- Thorough knowledge of aircraft mechanical component troubleshooting/repair procedures and replacement of components.
- Thorough knowledge of aircraft sheet metal/structural modification and repair and the ability to determine functionality of non-complex electrical systems.
- Detailed knowledge of aircraft unique tools such as test equipment, torque wrenches, dial indicators, micrometers, cable tensiometers, sheet metal brakes and sheers, etc.
- Able to prioritize workload to maintain schedules on assigned projects.
- Basic computer data entry skills required for use of maintenance and logistics databases.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Experience & Education
- High School diploma
- Minimum four (4) years recent experience in relevant aircraft/systems.
- A&P License/FAA Certification preferred.
Physical Requirements/Working Environment
- Must be able to lift/push/pull minimum of 75 pounds.
- Work may be outdoors in extreme weather conditions.
- 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.
- Will handle dirty parts and lubricants.
- May be required to operate power vehicles, machinery, hand tools, ground support equipment, fork lift, etc.
- May work in maintenance shop or outside.
- Travel between work locations may be required.