Sheet Metal Mechanic (aircraft/painter)

Department of Defense Travis AFB, CA
* Duties

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The primary purpose of this position is to plan, lay out, fabricate, modify, repair, assemble, and install complex aircraft, AGE and associated equipment sheet metal, plastic, fiberglass, and honeycomb parts, items, and assemblies that have combined straight and curved edges.

The organizational location of this position is: 60 MXG, 60 MXS, TRAVIS AFB, CA

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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, plastic, fiberglass, honeycomb structures and cable and tubing assembles to locate cracks, breaks, holes, bulges, de-laminations, dents, and loose or missing rivets.

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

* Uses and maintains tools. Uses basic hand, pneumatic and power tools such as hammers, chisels, hand snips, band and circle saws, squaring shears, seamers, bar folders, stakes, dimplers, sanders, punches, drills, and rivet guns.

* 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

* 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

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

* This is a Testing Drug Designated Position (TDP) IAW AFI 44-107. May be subject to random drug testing

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

* May be required to obtain an appropriate clearance to perform work in sensitive areas

* Disclosure of Political Appointments


QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C for the WG-3800 Metal Work 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 Work Of The Position Without More Than 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:

* Knowledge of the characteristics and properties of any metals, cables, tubing used in the trade, e.g., stainless steel, magnesium, titanium, aluminum, carbon steel and alloys

* Knowledge of aircraft composite repair, physical properties and working characteristics of polyester resins, epoxies, fillers and the chemical reaction between resins and other compound ingredient such as catalysts, fillers, retardants, pigments, and reinforcing materials

* Knowledge 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

* Knowledge of a wide range of trade practices, accepted surface preparation and coating methods, and of paints and thinning additives

* Knowledge of safety and environmental standards, regulations, and requirements

* 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


Work encompasses strenuous physical exertion when bending and shaping the more complex items in handling larger and bulkier items. Physical exertion is moderate and includes prolonged standing; climbing up and down ladders and scaffolding; working in cramped and awkward positions while installing items; and reaching, lifting, and bending while using hand and powered tools. Weight lifted seldom exceeds 50 pounds.


Works both inside and outside and is subjected to a moderate amount of noise and vibration from shop machines and to a variety of weather conditions. Subject to cuts, bruises, falls, and bums. Exposed to eye, skin, and respiratory irritants from toxic fumes, to fires and explosion hazards, and to injury while operating machines and power tools. Required to wear safety glasses, hearing protection and other protective equipment (PPE) when performing duties.

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.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.