Chemical Etching Processor

Etch portions of metal parts and materials used in manufacturing aircraft.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Chemical Etching Processors do?

Etches specified portions of metal parts and materials used in manufacturing aircraft, using immersion equipment, templates, handtools, and precision measuring instruments: Reads work order, blueprints, and process specifications to determine location of etch, finished dimensions, and method and sequence of operations. Cleans surface of parts and materials to ensure uniform adhesion of maskant. Applies maskant to surfaces to be etched, scribes etch lines, using template, and removes maskant from etch areas. Immerses parts and materials in etching solution for specified time, manually or using hoist. Removes objects from etch solution, rinses objects with water, and removes remaining maskant. Measures etched parts and materials for conformance to specifications, using micrometers, scales, and other precision measuring instruments. May immerse parts and materials in successive baths and rinses to perform surface processing in addition to etching, such as pickling, chromodizing, passivating, degreasing, and stripping, and be designated Process Equipment Operator.

Should I be a Chemical Etching Processor?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Chemical-Milling Processor

    How to Become a
    Chemical Etching Processor

    Chemical Etching Processors generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Chemical Etching Processor-related education!
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