Composite MechanicJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

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, an aviation composite mechanics fabricate replacement parts for aircraft as needed.

Aviation 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. An aviation composite mechanic needs to know how to properly use, handle, and dispose of hazardous materials during their work.

Sample job description #1

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

Sample job description #2

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

Requirements

  • 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

Sample job description #3

Responsibilities

  • 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

Preferred qualifications

  • Composite experience
  • Wet Layup, graphite
  • Bagging of complex parts
  • Working with hand tools
  • Kevlar
  • Fiberglass
  • Epoxy-resin
  • Composite sanding

Requirements

  • All applicants must be willing and able to work any shift, including some weekends
  • Majority of new hires will be hired on 2nd shift

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a composite mechanic is $53,900 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$53,600$72,500
Los Angeles, California$60,500$81,800
Denver, Colorado$50,400$68,200
Washington, DC$61,400$83,100
Miami, Florida$50,200$67,900
Orlando, Florida$46,300$62,600
Tampa, Florida$46,750$63,250
Atlanta, Georgia$49,000$66,300
Chicago, Illinois$56,350$76,250
Boston, Massachusetts$60,950$82,450
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$48,550$65,700
New York City, New York$64,150$86,800
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$52,250$70,650
Dallas, Texas$50,850$68,800
Houston, Texas$50,400$68,200
Seattle, Washington$58,650$79,350
National Average$45,800$62,000

Sample interview questions

  • Do you have any previous experience working with composite materials?
  • Are you okay with working in intense weather conditions, both heat and cold?
  • Have you ever had to work on top of scaffolding? Is there anything that concerns you when working at heights?
  • Can you explain in detail how you would request a new part to be fabricated?
  • Do you have any experience using sanders or routers?
  • Can you give an example of an experience that has been challenging for you and how you solved it?
  • If required, are you okay with being on call and working overtime?
  • How would you determine the proper process when repairing a composite part?
  • What materials are commonly used in this field of work?

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