Aircraft Composite Autoclave Technician I-III (Grave Shift)

    • Job Tracking ID: 85347-340825
    • Job Location: Sacramento, CA
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: High School/GED
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: 04/21/2022
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Radford Job Code: 0792X
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Job Description

GENERAL JOB SUMMARY:

Manufactures products using either wet lamination or pre-preg lamination. Individual will be able to function in all phases of oven/autoclave operations, providing lamination operators with necessary tooling and supporting equipment and materials. 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

The duties and responsibilities listed below apply to all levels.  Each level of has additional duties and responsibilities listed.

Aircraft Composite Autoclave Technician All:

  • Performs a variety of tasks, which require knowledge of lamination techniques, materials, tools and equipment.
  • Interprets and follows manufacturing orders.
  • Basic working knowledge of computer data entry function preferred
  • Follow proper handling techniques and all safety guidelines
  • Capable of driving forklifts and crane operation
  • Coordinates with department supervisor and  team lead on all the work going in and out of ovens/autoclaves , assist with moving tools into the staging area
  • Prepare oven/autoclave for loading/unloading by following applicable procedures
  • Responsible for loading/unloading ovens/autoclaves, connecting vacuum lines, thermocouples and verifying leak test on vacuum bagged parts.
  • Perform necessary functions in case of bag leak, or thermal failure.
  • An understanding of all controls and recording equipment for autoclaves and ovens.
  • Use hand/power tools in a safe and efficient manner for demolding process.
  • Inspection of in-process and finished product using measuring tools and other tests procedures as required.
  • Familiarity with all safety procedures identified with operating a pressure vessel, overhead crane, and area operations.
  • Must be able to prep tools using cleaning and release agents.
  • Must be able to demold, drill and deflash parts as required per Manufacturing Order
  • Using pre-preg lamination techniques, cuts cloth and lays up products of varying tolerances.
  • Prepares products for vacuum bagging (pre-preg).
  • Handles, applies, stores and disposes of composite materials, adhesives, sealants, resins and solvents    using proper handling techniques and following all safety guidelines.
  • Inspects finished products for conformance to specifications.
  • Completes all required documentation related to assigned job(s).
  • Follows FOD (foreign object debris prevention) practices.
  • Complies with established safety directives.
  • Follow proper cure procedures for parts and tools as required
  • Maintains a clean work area to ensure strict adherence to 5S Standards.
  • Complies with established QMS procedures.

Aircraft Composite Autoclave Technician I:

Specific duties and responsibilities for this level include

  • Working under close supervision
  • Math
  • Documentation
  • Materials Knowledge
  • Tooling/Molds
  • Equipment
  • Basic understanding of all controls and recording equipment for autoclaves and ovens and able to operate with assistance.
  • Process
  • Quality
  • Safety 

Aircraft Composite Autoclave Technician II:

Specific duties and responsibilities for this level include an intermediate level of

  • Working under limited supervision
  • May work from verbal directives
  • Math
  • Documentation
  • Materials Knowledge
  • Tooling/Molds
  • Equipment
  • Understanding of all controls and recording equipment for autoclaves and ovens and able to operate independently.
  • Process
  • Quality
  • Safety 

Aircraft Composite Autoclave Technician III:

Specific duties and responsibilities for this level include an advanced level of

  • Working under minimal supervision
  • Responsible for training entry level employees
  • Math
  • Documentation
  • Materials Knowledge
  • Tooling/Molds
  • Equipment
  • Full understanding of all controls and recording equipment for autoclaves and ovens, able to write and modify recipes and train others.
  • Process
  • Quality
  • Safety 

Non-Essential Job Duties

•              Other duties as assigned

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:

None.

 

Experience and Skills

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

•              Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information as required by government standards

•              Ability to interact effectively with peers and supervisors

•              Ability to interact appropriately with the public when necessary

•              Ability to adhere to workplace rules

•              Ability to effectively communicate professionally in writing or verbally with all levels of personnel

•              Ability to support a “right-the-first-time” approach that focuses on zero defects.

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Each successive level of Aircraft Composite Autoclave Technician builds on the identified typical qualifications listed for the previous level(s). 

 

Required Experience:

Aircraft Composite Autoclave Technician I:

  • HS Diploma or equivalent
  • Must be able to demonstrate accurate basic math skills
  • Must be able to demonstrate the accurate use of a tape measure
  • Minimum of six months experience required, preferably in manufacturing environment

 

Typical qualifications for this level include:

  • Math
  • Documentation
  • Materials Knowledge
  • Tooling/Molds
  • Equipment
  • Process
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance at the appropriate level (requires U.S. Citizenship).

 

Aircraft Composite Autoclave Technician II:

  • Minimum of 1 year experience required, preferably in a manufacturing environment

Typical qualifications for this level include an intermediate level of:

•              Basic computer skills with the ability to navigate around files

•              Math

•              Documentation

•              Materials Knowledge

•              Tooling/Molds

•              Equipment

•              Process

•              Quality

•              Safety

•              May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance at the appropriate level (requires U.S. Citizenship).

 


 

 

Aircraft Composite Autoclave Technician III:

  • Minimum of 3 year experience required, preferably in a manufacturing environment

Typical qualifications for this level include an advanced level of:

•              Math

•              Documentation

•              Materials Knowledge

•              Tooling/Molds

•              Equipment

•              Process

•              Quality

•              Safety

•              May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance at the appropriate level (requires U.S. Citizenship).

 

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE

Aircraft Composite Autoclave Technician I:

•              One year hands-on experience in manufacturing production

•              Hands on experience, training, or education in laying up aircraft parts onto hard tooling using pre-preg carbon fiber

•              Hands on experience, training, or education in carbon composite bonding techniques

•              Hands on experience, training, or education in using epoxies and adhesive type materials to build parts and assemblies

 

Aircraft Composite Autoclave Technician II:

•              2 years hands-on experience in composite manufacturing

 

Aircraft Composite Autoclave Technician III:

•              4 years hands-on experience in composite manufacturing

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Physical Requirements:

•              Standing, walking, lifting, bending, reaching, grasping, stooping, kneeling, climbing

•              Must be physically capable of pushing and pulling carts in and out of the ovens and autoclave and occasionally lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 50 lbs.

•              May occasionally manipulate materials

•              Employee may generate, handle, manage, or work around hazardous materials and hazardous wastes

Working Conditions:

•              May work in controlled and non-temperature controlled environments

•              Occasional exposure to noise, hazardous materials and chemicals

•              May work extended hours or weekends

•              Works with a variety of hand tools, power tools and other related equipment

•              Works in confined spaces 

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: 

None.

Job Benefits

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Tax Savings Accounts (HSA / FSA)
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401k
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • PTO
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Holidays
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