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Aerospace Structures Technician Program

Aerospace Structures Technician Program

The Aerospace Structures Technician Program is designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to earn an entry-level position constructing airplanes and aerospace products. Without a doubt, an aerospace structures technician occupies a critical role on an aviation maintenance team because they maintain the major parts and systems of an aircraft that allow it to successfully function.

If the thought of building a jet from scratch excites you, then you may enjoy life as an aerospace structures technician. These savvy builders thoroughly understand aerospace mechanics, making this an ideal role for a strong critical thinker and hands-on learner who is interested in exploring aircraft in a highly technical environment. Ready to build and repair some of the most complex machines in the sky? If so, an aerospace structures technician role might be a good fit for you.


What is an aerospace structures technician and what does their work entail?

Aerospace structures technicians build metal and plastic parts for aircraft. On a typical day, an aerospace structures technician may assemble or install any part of an aircraft ranging from its tail and fuselage to bulkhead and landing gear. They also inspect faulty aircraft parts and perform maintenance repairs to prevent malfunctions; however, unlike an electrical assembly technician who primarily repairs electrical equipment on an aircraft, an aerospace structures technician may repair whole plane parts or systems to address critical malfunctions. Skilled with their hands, these dexterous mechanics enjoy operating a variety of hand and power tools.

Other names for this position might include: Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Technician, Aircraft Line Assembler, Structures Mechanic, Structures Technician, Helicopter Technician

Tasks and work activities for aerospace structures technicians may include

  • Read blueprints, illustrations or specifications to determine how aircraft parts relate to each other and the proper sequence of operations to follow while building a specific plane part.
  • Assemble or install aircraft parts using layout, hand, and power tools.
  • Use templates and marking instruments to note reference points and locations for installation of parts.
  • Fasten essential parts or subassemblies to aircraft using bolts, screws, rivets, chemical bonding, and welding.
  • Test and inspect installed units, systems, assemblies and parts to ensure they properly align with the aircraft and meet performance standards.
  • Set, align, adjust, or synchronize aircraft armament, riggings and control system components to fit established requirements.

Aerospace Structures Technicians may be found in the following industries:

  • Air transportation
  • Aerospace
  • Aircraft and Parts Manufacturing
  • Satellite Communications
  • Space Research and Technology
  • Search, Detention and Navigation Guidance
  • Guided missiles, space vehicles and parts

Information on this page updated from O-net job code: 51-2011 on 12/20/16

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