High school degree or equivalent
Aircraft structure mechanics assemble primary and major sheet metal assemblies, including different types of metals, composites and other materials. This includes a variety of operations in the assembly involving component tooling where some judgment is necessary, such as cutting, filing, drilling, countersinking, fitting, and shimming. Sometimes, this work includes applying sealing, bonding agents, and other liquid adhesives, and installing hardware such as spring pins, cotter keys, and safety wires. Structure mechanics also conduct functional testing of parts and assemblies.