Assembles, fits, fastens, and installs 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.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Assembles parts, fittings, or subassemblies on aircraft, using layout tools, hand tools, power tools, or fasteners, such as bolts, screws, rivets, or clamps.
- Reads blueprints, illustrations, or specifications to determine layouts, sequences of operations, or identities or relationships of parts.
- Attaches brackets, hinges, or clips to secure or support components or subassemblies, using bolts, screws, rivets, chemical bonding, or welding.
- Inspects or tests installed units, parts, systems, or assemblies for fit, alignment, performance, defects, or compliance with standards, using measuring instruments or test equipment.
- Adjusts, repairs, reworks, or replaces parts or assemblies to ensure proper operation.
- Cuts, trims, files, bends, or smooths parts to ensure proper fit and clearance.
- Fabricates parts needed for assembly or installation, using shop machinery or equipment.
- Lays out and marks reference points and locations for installation of parts or components, using jigs, templates, or measuring and marking instruments.
- Cleans, oils, or coats system components as necessary before assembly or attachment.
- Assembles prefabricated parts to form subassemblies.