Aircraft Structures and Surfaces Assembler

Assemble sections of aircraft, space vehicles, and missiles from parts.
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Salary Range
$27,000 – $66,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Aircraft Structures and Surfaces Assemblers do?

Assembles tail, wing, fuselage, or other structural section of aircraft, space vehicles, and missiles from parts, subassemblies, and components, such as frames, bulkheads, doors, stabilizers, and landing gear, following blueprints and specifications, using handtools, power tools, and measuring instruments: Positions and aligns subassemblies in jigs or fixtures, using measuring instruments, such as protractors and dividers, following blueprint station lines and index points. Trims and files parts to fit, and verifies fitting tolerances, using measuring instruments, such as gauges and calipers. Drills, reams, and countersinks holes in subassemblies, and bolts, rivets, or otherwise fastens subassemblies into structural assembly, using handtools and power tools. Locates holes to be drilled in structural assembly for installation of parts and components, using jigs, templates, and measuring instruments. Drills holes in structure and attaches brackets, hinges, braces, and clips to secure installations. Installs parts and components, such as incidental plumbing, electrical, rigging, or other functional items, in main structure, using handtools and power tools. May specialize in assembling and installing parts, structural components, and subassemblies to build wing assemblies and be designated Assembler-Installer, Wing Structures.


Should I be an Aircraft Structures and Surfaces Assembler?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Assembler, Aircraft, Structures and Surfaces, Fuel-Efficient Aircraft Construction Worker See More

    How to Become an
    Aircraft Structures and Surfaces Assembler

    Most Aircraft Structures and Surfaces Assemblers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9jaaaa&chl=no+college+%2863%25%29|certificate+%2836%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,63,63
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