What Does a Composite Mechanic Do?
A composite mechanic, also known as an aviation composite mechanic repairs or replaces the composite components of an aircraft, including wings, pylons, fuselages, and nacelles. Composite parts comprise many different materials, including carbon fiber, fiberglass, and Kevlar. Composite mechanics perform complex structural repairs to keep aircraft up to specifications. Also, the mechanics fabricate replacement parts for aircraft as needed.
Composite mechanics must have an understanding of metal and alloys to create solutions to issues with composite components and suggest substitutes where needed. Repairing composite components is complicated work, so aviation composite mechanics must be able to understand aircraft repair manuals and engineering documents. A composite mechanic also needs to know how to properly use, handle, and dispose of hazardous materials during their work.
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National Average Salary
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The average U.S. salary for a Composite Mechanic is:
Composite Mechanic Job Descriptions
It’s important to include the right content in your job description when hiring a composite mechanic. The following examples can serve as templates for attracting the best available talent for your team.
A composite mechanic is needed for [Your Company Name]. We are looking for a composite mechanic to repair and maintain our aircraft during the week. You will also be required to fabricate and order replacement parts of the aircraft as needed. This position will be full-time with benefits. This position requires a strong mechanical knowledge, the ability to understand, troubleshoot, and fix problems with aircraft, and previous experience in a similar field. You must have a comprehension of common aircraft manuals and materials, as well as the ability to work and move and lift a required amount. Micro-mechanics are also a plus, as an intimate understanding of this will come in handy in this position. We look forward to your application at 4 Corner!
Typical duties and responsibilities
- Inspect aircraft composite components for wear, warping, cracks, and leaks
- Analyze and understand aircraft blueprints, specifications, and maintenance manuals to make repairs
- Conduct maintenance operations like removing and replacing aircraft and power plant components, including wings, pylons, fuselages, and nacelles
- Fabricate replacement parts as needed
- Ensure all repairs are up to FAA and manufacturer specifications
- Order supplies, equipment, materials, and parts for repairs and general maintenance
- Keep detailed records of inspections, maintenance, repairs, and parts inventory
Education and experience
This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent and an Airframe and Powerplant License certificate from a program approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Some companies may require aviation engine mechanic candidates to have an associate degree.
Required skills and qualifications
- Analytical, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills
- Teamwork and interpersonal communication skills
- Mechanical aptitude and ability to understand engineering documents and schematics
- Knowledge of metal, alloys, composite materials, aircraft adhesives, and sealants
- Strong hand-eye coordination and proficiency in using tools
- Sufficient physical strength and dexterity to climb on aircraft and manipulate replacement parts
- Knowledge of the use, handling, and disposal of hazardous materials
- High-level organization skills
- Show a continued aptitude for new assigned work
- Ability to perform basic to intermediate mathematical functions
- Meet all regulatory requirements per FAR 65
- High School education or equivalent and one year experience as a service technician
The incumbent of this position is responsible for servicing, maintaining, inspecting, troubleshooting, and repairing rail equipment. Repairs, replace and tests machinery, components and systems related to rail equipment under direction of engineering or other staff by performing mechanical, electro-mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic activities.
In your role you will
- Be capable or working with both car and locomotive systems, sub-systems, and components of the railway rolling stock to be maintained
- Perform standard maintenance tasks, inspection, and cleaning as required including electrical, electro-pneumatic and equipment on both car and locomotive
- Be skilled in use of all related hand tools such as pneumatic, electrical and hydraulic, and measuring instruments
- Perform other related tasks as required by Supervisor
- Possess a technical diploma as a Diesel Mechanic or the equivalent
- Be familiar with AC/DC power and control systems
- Must pass the composite mechanic testing
- Must maintain certifications acquire
- Must maintain a clear DMV check
- Must have good oral/written English communication skills
- Must have a high school education or equivalent
- Must have two years of Mechanical experience
Duties and responsibilities
- Performs ongoing preventive and repair response work orders on facility mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and other installed systems, equipment, and other components
- Performs assigned facility inspections and due diligence efforts, reporting on as found conditions impacting satisfactory client occupancy and operations
- Assist the operations team in the maintenance and repair of building and equipment and/or as directed
- Moves office furniture, machinery, equipment, and other materials as requested
- Replaces lighting and ballasts
- Clean HVAC coils, change filters, and belts
- Complies with all safety procedures, maintaining good housekeeping, and safety of work areas
- Recognizes danger and safety hazards and propose methods to eliminate them
- Maintain compliance to State, County, or City Ordinances, Codes, or Laws
- Submit P-card Receipts Daily
- Updates work order statuses in real time
- Utilizes CMMS systems such as 360 Facility for all work performed
- Performs Vehicle Safety Inspection
- High school diploma or GED
- 2+ years of experience in the building maintenance industry
- Accredited trade school degree in HVAC, electronic, or other industry related trade. Union training and certification is also acceptable
- Universal CFC certification
- Work within a team and independently to build composite structure details and assemblies using carbon and other composite materials
- Work to instructions from drawings, documents, process specifications, quality control requirements, and established processes and procedures, to assure the timely delivery of quality products to the customer
- Perform multi-tasking and multi-machine operation where applicable
- Working on platforms up to six feet above the ground
- Composite experience
- Wet Layup, graphite
- Bagging of complex parts
- Working with hand tools
- Composite sanding
- All applicants must be willing and able to work any shift, including some weekends
- Majority of new hires will be hired on 2nd shift
Candidate Certifications to Look For
- Certificate in Aircraft Composite Materials & Manufacturing. This specialized certificate program covers materials used in aircraft manufacturing and in-depth information covering the manufacturing process behind these composite items. The program also covers micro-mechanics and fabrication assembly. This certification program is broken into three quarters, with a heavy amount of information that will be relevant to the position of a composite mechanic.
- Mechanical Inspector Certification (CMI). The Mechanical Inspector Certification is a common exam that can certify general mechanical competence and inspection methods for a composite mechanic, which may come into use depending on the specific work environment of the position. This certificate is offered by the American Society for Quality, which is a well-known certification program and offers multiple certificates for similar fields.
Sample Interview Questions
- What is your experience with composite materials?
- Can you explain the steps you take to prepare and lay-up a composite part?
- What is the best way to troubleshoot and repair composite structures?
- How have you used autoclaves and vacuum bagging systems?
- Can you tell us about a complex composite project you worked on and your role in it?
- In the production process, how do you ensure the quality and accuracy of composite parts?
- What is the importance of proper curing and post-curing procedures for composite parts?
- What is your experience with hand and power tools for composite fabrication?
- How do you maintain and organize your work area and tools?
- Can you tell us about a time when you had to work under tight deadlines to complete a composite project? What did you do?