PENDING CONTRACT AWARD Task Description: Aerospace Structural Welder (23010) This worker performs fusion welding on aircraft and ground support equipment to a qualified Welding Procedures Specification (WPS), performs structural fusion welding on aerospace parts and components per the requ

Aerospace Structural Welder

Kay and Associates, Inc. • 
Springfield, Illinois, United States
Position Type: Permanent
Job Description:


Task Description: Aerospace Structural Welder (23010)

This worker performs fusion welding on aircraft and ground support equipment to a qualified Welding Procedures Specification (WPS), performs structural fusion welding on aerospace parts and components per the requirements of specifications as prescribed by Engineering Drawings and Work Orders. The incumbent is required to read and understand engineering drawings and welding symbols, fabricates manufacture-welded parts from engineering drawing without direct supervision, performs fusion welding and torch brazing for ground support equipment, ensuring the procedure is completed per the requirements of the national welding and brazing codes and specifications. This welder welds a wide variety of materials such as aluminum, magnesium, alloyed and low alloy steel, stainless steel and nickel alloy steels. The incumbent is required to have knowledge of the materials to select the correct filler materials and shielding gas when generating the Weld Procedure Specification (WPS), and produce flight critical welds and assist in the development process of generating Weld Procedure Specifications as mandated by welding codes and specifications. The Aerospace Structural Welder determines the sequence of welding in order to prevent or reduce the amount of warp to the weld, designs and fabricates weld holding fixtures as necessary to perform individual welding projects, performs pre-heat and post weld stress relief operations, maintains weld records. The incumbent performs duties as a Qualified Weld Inspector by inspecting own welds and those of less qualified welders, and performs duties such as training and re-certification in the various welding processes.

Skills and Knowledge: The Contractor shall be proficient in Aerospace Structural Welding processes, procedures, and techniques, utilizing technical drawings, welding equipment, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and as appropriate other equipment and tools.

  • Must be knowledgeable of technical directives, Air Force aviation maintenance programs, and shall be knowledgeable of and understand basic supply procedures.
  • Aerospace Structural Welder shall have experience writing with clarity and technical accuracy, and ensure adherence to all applicable policies and procedures.
  • Thorough working knowledge of applicable maintenance/technical manuals and publications.

Task Requirements:

  • Fabricate Jigs and Fixtures to facilitate repairs as required.
  • Utilize Jigs and Fixtures to facilitate repairs.
  • Use Cutting Tools, Saws, Drills, etc.
  • Perform close tolerance repairs.
  • Correctly identify and use proper aviation grades, temper, and thickness of sheet metal to fabricate repairs and replaces skins.
  • Requisition repair parts, materials, and consumable supplies through military supply system.
  • Read and interpret manufacturers maintenance manuals, military technical manuals, service bulletins, technical data, engineering data, blueprints, manufacturers’ drawings, and other specifications to determine feasibility and method of repairing or replacing malfunctioning or damaged components.
  • Perform general housekeeping and organization of workstation(s), shop(s), maintenance facility to provide a clean, safe, and FOD free environment.
  • Perform shift work and/or overtime as required.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Seven or more years’ recent experience as an Aerospace Structural Welder.  

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must be qualified as an Aerospace Structural Welder.
  • Four or more years’ experience as an Aerospace Structural Welder.
  • Familiarity with Hazardous Material Handling and general shop procedures.
  • Familiarity and ability to use commercial and military technical manuals, drawings and schematics.
  • Must be able to work 1st or 2nd shift schedule if required.
  • Must be able work flexible work-week schedules i.e. M-F or as required.
  • Must be eligible for a Common Access Card (CAC).
  • Must be able to obtain favorable National Agency Check with Written Inquires (NACI).
  • Must be able to climb ladders, raised platforms.
  • Must be able to use hand and power tools.
  • Must have dexterity to handle small parts.



Other Compensation

Employees will receive a health and welfare fringe benefit of $2.65 for every hour worked.


Employees are offered medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance. Employees are able to enroll in KAI’s 401k plan.  Employees have a minimum of eleven paid holidays.  After completing one year of service, employees will have two weeks paid vacation.

Employment is contingent on (a) your ability to provide appropriate proof of your identity and eligibility to work in the United States; (b) your references and any background check being satisfactory to the Company; (c) you successfully passing a pre-employment drug test; and (d) your ability to get a required clearance by your effective start date, if needed; and (e) KAI commencing performance on this contract. 

KAI is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class

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