Sheet Metal Mechanic (aircraft/painter)

Department of the Air Force Luke AFB, AZ
* Duties

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The primary purpose of this position is to plan, lay out, fabricate, modify, repair, assemble, and install complex aircraft sheet metal parts, items, and assemblies that have combined straight and curved edges of irregular curves and planes, and perform the full range of painting.

The Hourly Rate: $25.89 - $30.21

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* Plans and lays out work from blueprints, sketches, drawings, specifications, and work orders in manufacturing aircraft sheet metal structures which have combined straight and curved edges, and irregular angles, planes, and curves.

* Examines aircraft sheet metal structures to locate cracks, breaks, holes, bulges, dents, and loose or missing rivets.

* Prepares various surfaces of interior and exterior aircraft sheet metal structures by mechanically and chemically removing old paint and rust, filling cracks, sanding, and applying fillers and base coats.

* Uses and maintains tools

* Utilizes safety practices and procedures following established safety rules and regulations and maintains a safe and clean work environment.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

3806 Sheet Metal Mechanic

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* U.S. Citizenship Required

* Males must be registered for Selective Service, see

* This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program

* Disclosure of Political Appointments

* The work may require the employee to drive a motor vehicle. An appropriate, valid driver?s license may be required for the position.

* May be required to be certified for working with and/or removing hazardous materials.

* May be required to work shifts or uncommon tours of duty. Subject to call back to meet emergency situations

* Required to wear a respirator in the performance of some duties.

* May be required to train and/or guide less experienced personnel

* This is a drug testing designated position. The incumbent is subject to random testing for drug use.


QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C for the WG-3800 Sheet Metal Mechanic Family. Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most blue-collar positions, you must meet any screen-out element listed, and show through experience and training that you possess the quality level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position at the level for which you are applying. Qualification requirements emphasis is on the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time.

The screen out element for this position is ABILITY TO DO THE JOB WITHOUT NORMAL SUPERVISION.

JOB ELEMENTS: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Knowledge of the characteristics and properties of any metals used in the trade, e.g. stainless steel, magnesium, and alloys, of advanced shop mathematics and principles of radial-line development combined with parallel-line development to calculate and devise patterns involving combined straight and curved edges or irregular curves, angles, and planes, and of a wide range of trade practices, accepted surface preparation and coating methods, and paints and thinning additives.

2. Knowledge of safety and environmental standards, regulations, and requirements.

3. Skill in planning, laying out work in manufacturing aircraft sheet metal parts and components that have combined straight and curved edges, and irregular angles, planes, and curves, in using complicated measuring instruments such as protractors, calipers, snap ring, height, depth, dial, and screw pitch gauges, and other hand measuring devices, in selecting and applying the proper coating materials for a variety of sheet metal surfaces of aircraft, and in using a wide variety of hand and power tools such as crimping, burring, turning, and bending machines, and soldering and welding machines, and painting tools such as brushes, rollers, spray guns, graining devices, viscosity tester, thickness gauges, and compressors.

4. Skill in reading and interpreting blueprints, diagrams, sketches, and technical specifications.

5. Ability to examine aircraft sheet metal structures to locate cracks, breaks, holes, bulges, dents, and loose or missing rivets and determine the type and extent of repairs needed to restore original strength, and to make repairs by manufacturing and installing new parts and reinforcing, patching, and replacing defective parts.

6. Ability to use computer terminals to maintain records and document actions.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.