Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, & Systems Assemblers

Assembler, Sheet Metal Assembler and Riveter (SMAR), Sheet Metal Mechanic, Structures Technician

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Aerospace Propulsion; Aerospace Propulsion Journeyman, TF33, CF6, F103, F108, F117, TFE-731, TF39, PW 2040, F138 Jet Engines (Airlift, Special Mission, and B-52 aircraft); Aircraft Armament Systems Craftsman; Aircraft Electrical And Environmental Systems Helper; Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, C-130/C-27J; Fighter/Remotely Piloted Aircraft Maintenance Manager; Low Observable Aircraft Structural Maintenance; Refuel/Bomber Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, B-52; Refuel/Bomber Aircraft Maintenance Journeyman, KC-10; Tactical Aircraft Maintenance (5th Generation) Helper, F-35
AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairer; Aircraft Powerplant Repairer; Aircraft Structural Repairer; Aviation Maintenance Technician (Nonrated); Aviation Senior Sergeant; CH-47 Helicopter Repairer; RQ-7 Repairer; UH-60 Helicopter Repairer; Unit Supply Specialist
Aviation Maintenance Technician
Additive Manufacturing Officer; Aircraft Maintenance (Rotary-Wing); Basic Aircraft Maintenance (Rotory-Wing); Fixed-Wing Aircraft Airframe Mechanic, F/A-18; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Loadmaster, KC-130; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Power Plants Mechanic, F-402; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Safety Equipment Mechanic, F/A-18; Helicopter Crew Chief, CH-53; Helicopter Power Plants Mechanic, T-58; Tiltrotor Crew Chief, MV-22
Advanced Composite Structural Repair IMA Technician; Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Launching and Recovery Equipment; Aviation Structural Mechanic; C-130 Systems Organizational Maintenance Safe For Flight Certifier; C-40 Systems Organizational Maintenance Quality Assurance Representative; E-2C Group II Systems Organizational Career Maintenance Technician; E-6 System Organizational Initial Maintenance Technician; F/A-18 A/B/C/D Systems Organizational Initial Maintenance Technician; Hydraulic Component Test Stands Operator/Maintainer; Naval Aircrewman (Mechanical)
Missile And Space Systems Maintenance; Missile And Space Systems Maintenance Journeyman
What they do:
Assemble, fit, fasten, and install 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.
On the job, you would:
  • Assemble parts, fittings, or subassemblies on aircraft, using layout tools, hand tools, power tools, or fasteners, such as bolts, screws, rivets, or clamps.
  • Read blueprints, illustrations, or specifications to determine layouts, sequences of operations, or identities or relationships of parts.
  • Attach brackets, hinges, or clips to secure or support components or subassemblies, using bolts, screws, rivets, chemical bonding, or welding.


Education and Training

  • teaching and course design

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Engineering and Technology

  • mechanical


Basic Skills

  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use

  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • hold or move items with your hands

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things


  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Electronic mail software

  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Enterprise resource planning ERP software

  • SAP software Hot Technology


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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