F/A-18 (Airframe) Mechanic- NAWS China Lake, California
The Aircraft Mechanic I (Airframe) is required to maintain and service the applicable aircraft airframe and hydraulic systems/components as required in support of the Program in accordance with applicable publications and governing instructions.
Services, repairs and overhauls aircraft to ensure airworthiness.
Repairs, replaces and rebuilds aircraft structures, such as wings, fuselage, surface controls and functional components to include rigging, plumbing and hydraulic units utilizing hand tools, power tools, machines and equipment such as shears, sheet metal brake, welding equipment, rivet guns and drills as required to assist Aircraft Mechanics.
Reads and interprets manufacturer's publications, maintenance manuals, service bulletins and other specifications to determine feasibility and method of repairing or replacing malfunctioning or damaged components.
Assists in the inspection of airframe components for fluid leaks, cracks and other damage.
Assists in troubleshooting, removal, replacement and repair of aircraft structural and hydraulic system components.
Performs miscellaneous duties to service aircraft systems.
Knowledge & Skills
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 Class "C" school in airframe and hydraulic repair or USMC/USCG equivalent. (3 years’ organizational level experience may be substituted for the Class "C" school.).
Must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in Organizational Level airframes/hydraulics maintenance.
Tow tractor license is strongly desired.
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.
$3,000 Sign On Bonus
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