Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging and System Assembler

Analyzer & Maker

Potential salary $56,000

Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging and System Assembler

Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging and system assemblers build, inspect, and test aircraft equipment, space vehicles, and missiles. They are analyzers and makers who need to possess a unique combination of physical dexterity and vast mechanical and technical knowledge. Excellent fine motor skills and knowledge of machines and tools are a must for assembling parts and fittings using layout and hand/power tools by riveting, chemical bonding, or welding.

Assemblers also need to be able to use computers systems to program, write software, set up functions, and enter data; knowledge of mathematics and design tools and techniques like CAD in order to read blueprints, illustrations, or specifications; and complex problem solving skills and critical thinking for quality control analysis, inspection and testing. They also monitor equipment operation and robotic assembly tools to ensure proper functioning; adjust or rework parts to ensure proper fit and clearance; and draft and specify technical devices, parts, and equipment.

A high school diploma or GED is necessary to be considered for these positions, and employers usually require up to a year of formal on-site job training before an assembler can start work. Jobs for assemblers are projected to decline by -11% by 2029.

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